PRINCETON — Stanton “Stamp” W. Beams, a resident at Colonial Healthcare and Rehabilitation Centre in Princeton, died peacefully of natural causes on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017.
Stanton was born March 19, 1914, in LaRue County, Ky., the son of James K. and Nora Lee Wright Beams. He married Margaret Bryant on Feb. 27, 1936. She preceded him in death on April 21, 1980. He later married Enned Rodgers on March 8, 1986. Enned passed away on Nov. 4, 2002.
He was preceded in death by his parents, both wives, three brothers and a stepson.
He was a retired farmer and made many friends that lasted a lifetime. Stanton always said that he has lived to see the horse and buggy days to see a man walk on the moon, and actually used a cell phone. He marveled at most new technology and was not fond of some, like computers. His favorite pastimes were fishing at the various lakes and ponds in the area. He always asked permission and never took more fish than needed. His other love was walking in the timber, hunting for morels when he was still able. After retiring from farming, Stanton drove grain trucks for the Pearson brothers. Stanton moved into the city when he married Enned Rodgers and they lived on Fifth Street in Princeton for many years.
Stanton will be remembered by many of his friends, especially Geno Storm who helped care for him. During football season, Stanton could be found watching his favorite team, the Green Bay Packers, play on television. While at Colonial, his special friend, Claudia Backes, would stop in and keep him company along with David Piper, his grandson. Stanton also spoke of farming progress and memorable fishing days when he visited with his grandson, Stephen Libby, and nephew, Delmar Beams.
Stanton was a proud member of Masonic Lodge 587 and past patron of Eastern Star, Ruth Chapter.
Stanton is survived by a daughter, Sharon Libby of Durango, Colo., and a son, Kent Beams of Princeton. Stanton had eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren, along with several nieces and nephews.
Stanton had a favorite saying, “If you are not making mistakes, you are not doing anything!” We are comforted that he is now resting in peace.
Cremation rites will be in accordance to his final wishes. Burial will be in Elm Lawn Memorial Park in Princeton. There will be no visitation.
The Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton will be in charge of final arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.norbergfh.com.