American Veteran 04


Michael Ralph Beam

1956 - 2021

Baker City


Michael Ralph Beam, 65, of Baker City, Oregon, passed away at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Nampa, Idaho, on April 11, 2021.  A memorial service will be held later, the date and time will be announced soon. 

Michael, also known as Mike, Mikey, or Beamer, was born on January 21, 1956, in Baker, Oregon, to Robert and Lillian (Siegler) Beam. He earned his GED in Baker and served his country with the United States Army for two years.

After his time in the military, he worked as a butcher/meat cutter and was a partial owner of Orlins Meats for several years.   He also worked at the Safeway Meat Department for 12 years. 

Mike married Lorna Hall on September 11, 1978, in Winnemucca, Nevada.

He enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, men’s softball, basketball, and playing cards.  Mike also enjoyed watching sports, bowling, and shuffleboard.  He was a youth baseball coach and a member of the VFW and the Eagles.  Mike never knew a stranger; he was liked by everyone he met and will be greatly missed.

Mike is survived by his wife of 42 years, Lorna Beam; son Jerry (Trina) Dowdy of Baker City, Oregon; brothers Tom (Suzann) Beam of Powell Butte, Oregon, and John Beam of Baker City, Oregon; sister Susan (Carlisle) Staab of Chehalis, Washington; grandchildren Kimberly Givens, Mason Dowdy, and Trenton Dowdy.  He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents Robert and Lillian Beam, his grandparents John and Katherine Siegler, and Ralph and Rose Beam.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel at 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, Oregon 97814. 


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"Little Tommy" Beam

April 27, 2021 11:30 PM

Rest in Peace, Uncle Mike.  We may not have kept in touch as much as we hoped, but I'll never forget the fishing and poker growing up.  Our visits were always something to look forward to and remember fondly. Set that hook on one more crappie, bag that final trophy elk and rake in one more monster pot. You will be missed.

Betty Pierce Barnes

April 21, 2021 10:13 PM

Mike, you and John were like family. Our brother Duane Pierce and your brother John were best friends. The Pierce family thought a great deal of all the Beams. RIP brother. 
Love Betty 

Cheryl Guzman

April 21, 2021 9:54 PM

Such a sweet person. RIP my friend

JoJean Nelson

April 21, 2021 6:29 PM

Lorna I was so sad to hear this. I would love to get in touch with you, please give me a call 

Mela Dee Hester

April 21, 2021 8:30 AM

Oh, Mikey. You will be so missed by so many. Your positive attitude about life and everything else was so uplifting.  You were always a pleasure to talk to and work with.  Heaven really got an Angel.!  Until we meet again. Keep smiling my friend.

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