Harry Beal

Raymond Harry Beal, 79, of Iola died Tuesday, June 30, 2009, at Allen County Hospital in Iola.
He was born April 21, 1930, the son of Sam and Pearl Beal in rural Yates Center. His father was sheriff of Woodson County for a number of years. He grew up on the farm near Yates Center.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. Following his honorable discharge from the service, he moved back to this area but traveled with construction jobs.
On Dec. 21, 1985, he married Joyce (Bennett) Nichols in Iola. They made their home here and he worked at Midland Brake for 16 years before he retired.
He enjoyed yard work and flower gardening.
He is survived by his wife of the home; a son, Scott and his wife, Jennifer, Iola; a daughter, Becky Nettles and her husband, Allen, rural Elsmore; two stepsons, Shawn Nichols, Arkansas, and Chris Nichols, Wichita; two sisters, Dorothy Bobbitt and her husband, Robert, Wichita, and Pauline Gray and her husband, Virgil, Yates Center; and 10 grandchildren.
A stepson, Mike Nichols, and a sister, Mary, died earlier.
Family and friends will meet at 10 a.m. Friday at Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapels in Iola for a brief visitation before leaving for Highland Cemetery in Iola for graveside services at 10:30 a.m. Chaplain Lloyd W. Houk will officiate.
Online condolences for the family may be left at iolafuneral.com.