JOHN R. BEILMAN of Ellenville, Ulster County Senior of the Year 2015 entered into rest on October 15, 2015, peacefully with his family by his side. He was born November 14, 1934 in Ellenville N. Y. to John E. and Helen Beilman.
John was a lifelong resident of Ellenville who served as Superintendent of the Ellenville Water & Sewer Dept. for 34 years. He also volunteered at Family of Ellenville 6 days a week for over 10 years, where he spent countless hours delivering groceries to neighbors in an effort to eliminate hunger. He is prominently known in the community for his humble manner, keen sense of humor, and fascinating stories. John was a self-taught artist, capturing the very essence of history and beauty in and around the Ellenville area, including many works of Sam's Point and the D&H Canal. Known as a "True Renaissance Man" who at age 80 was still cutting and splitting his own wood, hunting, gardening, and canning for his family with a true pioneer spirit.
JOHN was preceded in death by his loving wife Mary of 61 years. He is survived by his daughter Debra L. Beilman, Diane & Patrick Grable, Son in law Arthur Gress, Denise & Peter Fuchs, grandchildren, John Gress, Daniel Gress, Christopher Gress, Sabrina Grable, Alexis Grable, and Kyle Fuchs and great-grandson Emmett Gress, several cousins, nieces and nephews. He was recently pre-deceased by his loving daughter Dawn Gress of Maryland.
JOHN was a kind and loving Husband, Father, PAPA, Brother and Uncle, "To know him was to love him". FAMILY meant everything to John!
Visitation will be held for family and friends 2 - 4 pm and 7 - 9 pm Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at Loucks Funeral Home, 79 North Main Street, Ellenville, NY 12428. Services for the family and friends will be Wednesday October 21, 2015 at 11 am at Loucks Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to: Family of Ellenville, 221 Canal Street, Ellenville NY or the "Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation", 14 Penn Plaza, Ste. 1710, New York, N. Y. 10122 (212)-268-1002.
Arrangements were under the directions of Loucks Funeral Home for further information call 845-647-4343 or visit us at www.loucksfh.com