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Remembering John Beals

Post Date:10/21/2019 4:00 PM

It is with very heavy heart that the City of Centerville shares the sad news that Council Member John Beals died October 21, 2019. He suffered a medical condition during the City’s Volunteer Golf Outing, and Mayor Brooks Compton was by his side until medics arrived.

John Beals loved the City of Centerville. He has lived in this great City since 1965 and held a seat on City Council since 2008. He was Chair of the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission, chairs the Storm Water Drainage Review Committee and sits on the Centerville Business Development Committee. Mr. Beals also previously served on the Kalaman Memorial Scholarship Committee, the Americana Festival Committee and several others.

“He was an absolute perfect citizen representative. He was a friend to the City and a friend to so many of us on council. He will be greatly missed by many people, and I am proud to have known him,” Mayor Brooks Compton.

Mr. Beals was a graduate of the civil engineering program at The Ohio State University and remained a lifelong fan of the school. He spent years working as an engineer at the Ohio Department of Transportation and went on to found the engineering firm LJB Incorporated.

“John was a great family man and citizen of Centerville as well as the Miami Valley region. John brought a unique skill-set to City Council including the leadership and vision of a CEO, the precision and problem-solving of a civil engineer and a real zest for life. I, like others in our community, will miss John’s energy, leadership and friendship,” Centerville City Manager Wayne Davis said.

John and his wife, former Centerville mayor Sally Beals, have been married for 60 years. They share three children and three grandchildren. The couple has also maintained one of the most beautiful home gardens in the City. Mr. Beals loved gardening, tennis, traveling and Rotary Club.

Services have not yet been planned.

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