SM3 Gerald Beach (1949 - 2004)

Gerald Royce Beach died Friday, September 17, 2004 in Hugo, Oklahoma.  He was 54 years old.  Gerald was born on October 25, 1949 in Antlers, Oklahoma to W.J. and Ernestine (Horn) Beach.  He served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1968 to 1972 aboard his beloved ship, the USS Waddell.  He will be missed by all that knew and loved him.  He was preceded in death by his father, W.J. Beach in 1980.

He is survived by:  One daughter, Amber Prentice and husband, Jim of Auburn, Washington: one grandchild, Logan James Prentice of Auburn, Washington:  his mother, Ernestine (Horn) Jeffrey  and step-father, Mack Jeffrey of Hugo, Oklahoma: four brothers, Glen Beach and wife, Lorene of Eufala, Oklahoma, Jimmy Beach and wife, Valarie of Hugo, Oklahoma, Larry Beach and wife, Betsy and Dennis Beach and wife, Debbie all of Ft. Pierce, Florida: three sisters, Sherrie Blaker and husband, Rickey of Carrollton, Texas, Carol Moore and husband, Larry of Hugo, Oklahoma, and Joyce Harless and husband, Barney of Soper, Oklahoma. 

Eulogy By Dennis Beach, September 21, 2004

Our family thought it would be a respectful tribute to Gerald if we shared some of our experiences and memories of him.

Those of you who knew Gerald discovered immediately his love of sports; football, baseball, basketball, soccer, or even championship basket weaving if it involved competition and a big screen TV.

What was not immediately obvious, except to family was his love for all of us.  That love was generated by the tremendous affection all of our brothers and sisters share with each other.  That love flows from our mother and is the greatest single gift any of us has ever received.

Another thing you may not know is that Gerald did not like funerals.  I heard him on many occasions express that opinion.  In fact, I am convinced that if he were not the guest of honor, he would not be here today.

I remember a boy who was intelligent, ambitious, full of humor and a wonderful athlete.  I remember a man who would give his car to another person in need.  He did that more than once.  Even in his struggles with his own demons he would find ways to provide for those with less than he had.

He was very serious about family card games and provided endless entertainment harassing our brother-in-law Larry Moore.

On behalf of our family I will tell you how much we love Gerald, it is unnecessary to tell him, he knows.  We pray for eternal peace for him and look forward to our reunion in the life hereafter.