Wiliam Ros Beal , Jr.
William Ross Beal, Jr., 74, passed away in the comfort of his home and family on Saturday, August 18, 2012. He was born in Brewster on February 22, 1938, he was the son of the late William Ross Beal, Sr. and Florence L. (Simms) Beal. On May 16, 1964, he married the former Elaine E. Early in Washington D.C.
Ross was a 1955 graduate of Brewster High School and continued his education, graduating in 1959 from Norwich University. Commissioned in the US Army, Ross served with the Army Corps of Engineers and Special Forces. A veteran of the Vietnam War, Ross was awarded the Bronze Star. In addition, Ross earned his MBA degree in Information Systems from the State University of New York. He retired from military duty in 1979 as a Lieutenant Colonel.
Moving to Waterbury Center, Vt. in 1981 with his family, Ross was employed as an engineer with Verizon, from which he retired.
Ross was an active member of the Norwich Alumni Association and was a commissioner of the Norwich University Cemetery. He held membership with the Waterbury Congregational Church and more recently with the Green Mountain Community Alliance Church in Duxbury, Vt..
An avid hunter and outdoorsman, Ross also enjoyed working on his property and home as well as wintering in Englewood, Florida.
Ross is survived by his wife of 48 years, Elaine E. Beal of Waterbury Center; their children, Sheryl Catherine Beal of Waterbury Center, and William Ross Beal III and his partner, Helene Lundberg of Stowe, Vt.; a sister, Dolores Beal Stephens and her husband, Dr. Mallory Stephens of Wolfeboro N.H.; as well as nieces, nephews and extended family. Ross was predeceased by two sisters, Joan Ross Beal Peckham and Jane Beal Blackwood.
Memorial services were held from the Green Mountain Community Alliance Church in Duxbury on Wednesday, August 22, with a reception following. Inurnment will take place with military honors at the Norwich University Cemetery.
The family requests that flowers be omitted; rather memorial gifts would be appreciated to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre VT 05641 (www.cvhhh.org), or to the Green Mountain Community Alliance Church, 4987 Vermont Route 100, Waterbury Vt. 05676. To send online condolences please visit us art www.perkinsparker.com and Facebook.
Assisting the family is the Perkins- Parker Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Waterbury, Vt..