Beahm, Richard T.

Richard Thomas Beahm

Richard T. Beahm, Major, USAF (Retired)

September 27, 1933 – July 08, 2011

Richard Thomas Beahm of Bremerton Sept. 27, 1933 to July 8, 2011 Veteran

Dick was born in Chicago, Ill. on Sept. 27, 1933, and left this world to be with his Lord Jesus Christ on July 8, 2011. Dick moved to Bozeman, MT. in high school where he excelled as a gymnast. He met his future wife Barbara Dale, and they were married in May 1957.

Dick joined the Air Force in 1956 and became a pilot. He flew many types of aircraft including strategic bombers during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He served in Korea and flew helicopter combat support and search and rescue missions in Vietnam. He also served as a pilot advisor to the South Vietnamese Air Force. Dick was highly decorated, earning The Distinguished Flying Cross, The Bronze Star, The Air Medal (with oak leaf cluster), and many other awards. Major Beahm retired in 1971 with the aeronautical rating of Senior Pilot.

Dick earned his Engineering degree at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1973. After living all over the U.S., he chose to settle his family in Bremerton, WA where he worked as a Nuclear Engineer at PSNS for 20 years, retiring in 1993 after 35 years of federal service.

Dick was a founding member of the CK Presbyterian Church (est. 1977). He served as a Deacon and Elder and happily served on a Mission to the Mixe in Oaxaca, Mexico in June 1998. He was a volunteer and past President of the Board of Directors of the CK Food Bank. Dick was an avid volunteer and loved giving to others.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Millie (Hammond) Duncan, and his beautiful daughter Vicki Beahm. He is with them now. He is survived by Barbara, his devoted children, Jay (Ann) Beahm, Kelli Long, Skip (Doris) Beahm and Ricki (Steve) Sipple, and his ten beloved grandchildren.

Dick will be remembered as a Father, Grandfather, Friend, Neighbor and American Hero. He will be greatly missed, and we are better for knowing him.

A memorial service celebrating Dick’s life will be held on Monday July, 25, 2011 at 2 p.m. at CK Presbyterian Church, 9300 Nels Nelson Rd. Bremerton, WA.

Memorial Donations can be made to the CK Food Bank at

The family gives heartfelt thanks to the staff of 2 West, Harrison Memorial Hosp.

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