Keith B. Beeman
Dr. Keith B. Beeman DVM was born in Morrowville, Washington County, Kansas in 1929 to Everett and Mabel Beeman. He married Janet Bonar on June 25, 1950 and after a few years of farming he graduated from Fairbury Junior College and then the School of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University in 1958. He owned and operated the Frankfort Animal Clinic from 1958 until 1975. He was also a lifelong cattleman and land owner and sold his hog operation and his vet clinic in 1975 to become the Director of the Veterinary Technician Program at Colby Community College. In 1977 he became Assistant Professor and later the Associate Professor of Veterinary Medicine at K-State, where he served on the faculty until his retirement in 1995.
"Doc" Beeman, as he was widely called, was active in his profession, serving in a number of capacities in the American Veterinary Medical Association. He also served as president of the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association. He was a Board Certified Theriogenologist and among his professional duties he served on the board that accredited Veterinary schools around the world. Keith was a beloved and kind teacher. His particular strength was teaching his vet students the practical issues of dealing with clients, making accurate diagnoses, and running a successful practice. He also wrote a weekly column for the regional news paper, Grass and Grain.
Professional success was only a minor part of Keith's life. He was an active community member, including school board member, city councilman, and Sunday school teacher. Keith was also an active member of Grace Baptist Church in Manhattan, and his love for Jesus informed every aspect of his life. After retirement he served as a hospice volunteer and worked at the local food bank. Keith's sense of Christian kindness and his devotion to positive thinking inspired thousands of people.
Keith was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He and Janet experienced many great travel adventures together that took them from Hawaii and Alaska to Europe, Greece, and the Holy Land. His kind and steady hand patiently guided his children towards successful lives and his generosity to his family was exceptional. He and Janet doted on their 12 grandchildren, and they also provided an example of Christian marriage to everyone in their years of marriage.
Keith loved to golf; he bled the purple of a Kansas State Wildcat, and was always full of laughter, love, life and joy. He was a great man who did not think he was great. He will be missed by many who are comforted in the knowledge that our separation with him is only temporary and he now lives in peace with the Lord.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Don, and his sister Alberta.
He is survived by his wife Janet; son Rick (Linda) Beeman of Houston, Texas, son Ron (Beth) Beeman of Wichita, daughter Robbi (Ralph) Leno of Overland Park, and son Randal (Monica) Beeman of Bakersfield, California; plus 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Memorial services for Dr. Beeman will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 3, 2013 at the Grace Baptist Church in Manhattan.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in his memory to Homecare and Hospice or to the Grace Baptist Church. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.
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