LANCASTER - Elwyn “Beanie” Beane, age 91, of Lancaster, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, July 24, 2023. He was born on March 20, 1932, in Marshalltown, Iowa. He is the oldest of three children, to Raymond and Helen (Vassar) Beane.
Beanie graduated from LeGrand High School in 1949. He then attended Simpson College in Indianapolis, Iowa and graduated in 1953. Beanie moved to Marshalltown, Union Whitten then Lansing Iowa, where he taught High School academics and drivers education. He coached boys baseball, basketball and assistant coach for football. In 1964 he moved to Wisconsin and started his career as an Insurance Claims Adjuster until his retirement in 1994. Beanie served over 40 years as a member of the Lions Onalaska Club, where he was elected District Governor 1991-1992. He was a member of the Lions International Pin Traders Club. In 2011 he received the Hall Of Fame “LIPTC" award. Beanie was proud of his collection of over 5,000 Lions pins. He made many lifelong friends with the Lions Foundation. Another passion he had for years was collecting “Beanie Babies.” He was an Avid sports fan of the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Bucks, Milwaukee Brewers and Wisconsin Badgers. He enjoyed his frequent visits with his friends at the local “Alley” to try his luck at pull tabs and the slots. Beanies greatest joy in life was fishing, especially at his favorite spot on the, “Best Dam Fishing Float” in
LaCrosse, WI. Beanie’s warm smile and unforgettable laugh will be missed by all. “He never met a stranger. Every person in the world, to him, was just a friend he hadn't met yet.” The prayer now is for the biggest fish in heaven to take cover. “Beanie is on his way!”
Beanie is survived by his, former wife and loving companion, Jackie Beane of Lancaster and his former wife, Kathryn Beane, of Onalaska. Children; Steven (Sabrina) Beane, Santa Barbara, CA, Susan Moore, Santa Barbara, CA, Sharla Williams, Lancaster, Lisa Fisher, Mollymook, Australia and Kimberly (Jeff) Wadewitz, Onalaska, WI. Grandchildren; Kamala, Levi, Nick, Amanda, Shonty, Dane, Daniela and Katarina. Great grandchildren; Sienna, Samara, Malakai, Corra, Hadley, Arden, Mason and Hartley. Brother, Dave Beane, Des Moines, Iowa. Many nieces, nephews, great- nieces, great-nephews, other friends and relatives. In addition to his parents, Beanie was preceded in death by his daughter, Sharolyn Beane, his son, Raymond “Raymie” Beane, his sister and brother-in-law Sharolyn (Dean) Crookshank.
The family would like to sincerely thank the Grant County Hospice Team for their care and support.
A Celebration of “Beanie’s” Life will be held on Saturday, August 12, 2023, from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Nutbush Bar and Restaurant, 1033 2nd Ave S, Onalaska, WI. In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in “Beanies" name to: The Wisconsin Lions Foundation, 3834 County Rd. A Rosholt, WI 54473. Private family burial will be at the LeGrand Friends Cemetery, LeGrand, Iowa at a later date. Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory of Lancaster is assisting the family.