In Memory of

Joseph 'Joe' Karl Beals

May 27, 1938 - March 4, 2017
Joseph "Joe" Karl Beals, the son of Joseph and Buertess (Worman) Beals was born May 27, 1938, in Rock Island, IL. His childhood years were spent in Cherokee where he attended school and graduated from Washington High in 1956. After graduation Joe enlisted in the U.S. Army and served our country for 9 years in Greenland, Germany, and Vietnam. Following his honorable discharge, he returned to the United States. In 1965, Joe moved back to Cherokee, IA where he worked at Coast-to-Coast for five years. On April 24, 1971, he was united in marriage to Sandra McCabe at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee. Following their marriage, Joe worked with his family at Beals Motor Rewind until his retirement. Joe later went on to co-own Golf Etc. in Cherokee. Joe had a passion for volunteer work. He enjoyed his many years that he served on the Red Cross Board. He also was involved with Kiwanis where he served as Lt. Governor, the Cherokee flood committee, and he also served as a volunteer police reserve and EMT. Joe enjoyed fishing, playing golf, and working on various projects. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. On March 4, 2017, Joe passed away at his residence following a lengthy illness at the age 78. He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph J. Beals, and two infant siblings, Sandy and Linda. He will lovingly be remembered by his wife, Sandi Beals of Cherokee, IA; three children: Linda (Jeff) Ducommun of Larrabee, IA, Karla (Brandon) Frehse of Everly, IA, and Joseph W. Beals and his wife Jamie Wilger of Urbana, IL; four grandchildren: Kyler and Kylah Ducommun, and William and Walker Frehse; mother, Bertie Beals of Cherokee, IA; one sister, Shirley (Randy) Kirchner of Quimby, IA; and other relatives and friends.
A public gathering and memorial service will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday March 8, 2016 at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee.
Father Dan Guenther
Public visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Wednesday night with the family present during that time at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee. There will be a short memorial service following the visitation at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday night at the funeral home.
There will be a military service conducted at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 9, 2017 at the Wescott Park in Cherokee by the V.F.W. L.A. Wescott Post 2253. The family requests that everyone meet at the park shortly before the start of the service.


Friday, March 24, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“I'm sorry for your loss and my prayers are with you and your family Joe was a very funny friend and I will miss him and his sense of humor ”
- Joe A Elsbury
Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Shirley and family, Our thoughts of sympathy go out to you. As a class of 60 person there are a lot of memories. May you find peace and comfort during this time of loss.”
- David O. Olson
Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Sandi & children, So sorry for your loss. Joe was such a friendly & giving person. The video tribute is wonderful.”
- Barb Perrin
Friday, March 10, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Sympathy to your family in this time. ”
- Brynn A. Pritts
Friday, March 10, 2017 at 12:00 AM
Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry to hear about Karl .I will never forget him he was one of a kind and will miss him dearly .R.I.P. KARL And Fly High ”
- Amy Strahmann
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“I'm sorry to hear about your loss”
- Melissa Ann Eberly
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Thanks for your service. Vietnam Vets were the best the boomer generation.”
- -D
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Sandy and Family; We offer our sympathy at the passing of Joe. Thoughts and prayers are with you.”
- Fred and Arlene Hollenbeck
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“I am so very sorry to learn of Karl's passing. My condolences to Sandy, Buert, Linda and the family. ”
- Mike p Traster
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry Sandy for your loss and may the Lord remain with you at this difficult time. ”
- Gary W Mccabe
Monday, March 6, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Thinking of all of you with deepest sympathy at this sad time.”
- Linda and Duane Christensen
Monday, March 6, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“All my thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Joe was a special person.”
- Mary A. Morris
Monday, March 6, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Dear family...
With you I am shocked by the turn of events in your beloved's health - and demise. Now we move from the 'temporal' experiences of life to the hopes for and promises of Life's extension into Eternity. What a divine gift to all who find His Life and Merciful Gifts... such we humbly petition now for our Beloved Karl/Joe Beals.”
- Fr. Gene Sitzmann
Monday, March 6, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Sandy, Joe and the rest of the Beals family...I'm sorry to hear about your loss. We hope everyone is doing ok. The Coots family.”
- Nathan A Coots
Monday, March 6, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Sandy and Family: We were saddened to learn of Joe's passing. We are thinking of you and keeping you in our prayers at this difficult time. ”
- Steve & Elaine Spady
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