MINERAL RIDGE - Edwin James Beale Jr., 86, of Mineral Ridge, passed away Monday, July 29, 2013, at his residence.
Ed was born April 3, 1927, in Youngstown, the son of the late Edwin J. and Helen Bilger Beale Sr.
Ed graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1945 and joined the U.S. Navy during World War II.
He was formerly employed at Julian Motor Sales in Girard, Youngstown Sheet and Tube Co., Girard Motor Sales, U.S. Steel and Ajax Magnathermics, and retired in 1999 from Simmers Engineering in Canfield after 10 years.
His employment at U.S. Steel gave him the opportunity to become familiar with overhead cranes, and while employed at Simmer's, his crane experience became a valuable asset and he traveled throughout the Midwest servicing cranes, both mechanical and electrical. To him, work had become a challenge that he relished.
He retired at the age of 72.
Ed attended Young-stown College. He was a member of the Youngstown Masonic Lodge 615 F&AM, the Girard Band Boosters Club and the Steel Workers Union.
He enjoyed golfing, fishing, skiing, and working on autos and any other kind of motors.
Ed is survived by his wife, the former Patricia Ruggiero, whom he married March 28, 1952; sons, John Beale of Girard and Edwin J. (Sara) Beale III of Fairport, N.Y.; daughters, Cynthia Beale of Mineral Ridge and Jacquelyn (George) Lanterman of Mineral Ridge; and grandchildren, Joshua (Kate) Beale, Daniel Beale, Danielle, Austin and Dylan Lanterman.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Betty Flower.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday at Blackstone Funeral Home in Girard. The family will receive relatives and friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Interment will take place in Girard City Cemetery with military honors.
In lieu of flowers, please make any material contributions to the MVI Hospice, 4891 Belmont Ave., Youngstown, OH 44505-1015.
The family wishes to thank all the generous and kind staff of MVI Hospice for all their special and professional care.
To view this obituary and to send condolences to the Beale family, visit www.blackstonefuneralhome.com.