Dick Bean

[18 OCT 1932 - L1 - 20621 - 1 JAN 2013]

Dick Bean Eulogies

AOG Testimonials



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Auer - T. Graham - Finley - Wilkinson - Smetana - Cardillo - Camp - chairback
of Griggs (photographer) [CO Front Range Luncheon - SEP 2017]



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Inez Cardillo - Sally Bean - Helen Wilkinson - Susan Griggs - Elaine Smetana -
Judy Finley - Norma Auer [CO Front Range Luncheon - SEP 2017]



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Cardillo - Smetana - Tom and Helen Wilkinson - T Graham - Inez Cardillo - Sally Bean - Cynthia and Bob Camp - Elaine Smetana [CO Front Range Luncheon - MAY 2017]



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Elaine and Smitty Smetana - Inez Cardillo - Sally Bean - Rich Cardillo -
Helen and Tom Wilkinson [FEB 2017 CO Front Range Luncheon]



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Smetana - Cardillo - Elaine Smetana - Inez Cardillo - Cynthia and Bob Camp - T Graham - Sally Bean - Tom and Helen Wilkinson - Dave and Judy Finley [SEP 2016 CO Front Range Luncheon]



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Helen and Tom Wilkinson - Elaine Smetana - Norma Auer - Smetana - Cardillo - Auer - Inez Cardillo - T. Graham - Sally Bean - Dave and Judy Finley [JUN 2016 CO Front Range Luncheon]



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Dave Finley - Rich Cardillo - Todd Graham - Cynthia Camp - Tom and Helen Wilkinson - Judy Finley - Bob Camp - Sally Bean - Inez Cardillo [CO Front Range Luncheon - MAR 2016]



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Rear: Smetana - Wilkinson - Finley - Cardillo - T Graham - Camp - Front: Inez Cardillo - Elaine Smetana - Helen Wilkinson - Cynthia Camp - Sally Bean [CO Front Range Luncheon - DEC 2015]



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Rich Cardillo - Tom and Helen Wilkinson - Inez Cardillo - Elaine Smetana - Sally Bean - Smitty Smetana - Cynthia and Bob Camp - Dave Finley [CO Front Range Luncheon - SEP 2015]



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Rich Cardillo - Smitty Smetana - Dick Auer - Sally Bean - Judy Finley - Inez Cardillo - Elaine Smetana - Ann Crock - Bob Strickland - Dave Finley [CO Front Range Luncheon - JUN 2015]



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Dave Finley - Smitty and Elaine Smetana - Susan and Jack Griggs - Todd Graham - Helen and Tom Wilkinson - Bob Camp - Sally Bean - Rich and Inez Cardillo. Also attending but broke ranks to serve as photographer was Dick and Sally's son - LTC (Ret) Bob Bean [CO Front Range Luncheon - SEP 2014]



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Sally Bean - Todd Graham - Inez and Rich Cardillo - Elaine Smetana - Bob Camp - Smitty Smetana - Helen Wilkinson - Dave Finley - Tom Wilkinson [CO Front Range Luncheon - OCT 2013]



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Dave and Judy Finley - Jim and Ute Bergen - Todd Graham - Helen and Tom Wilkinson - Bob Camp - Inez and Rich Cardillo - Sally Bean - Dick Auer [CO Luncheon - MAR 2013]



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Katherine Jeter - Inez Cardillo - Sally Bean - Ute Bergen - Helen
Wilkinson - Judy Finley [Dick Bean Services - JAN 2013]



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Rich Cardillo - Jack Jeter - Howie Stone - Todd Graham - Jim Bergen - Bob Camp - Smitty Smetana - Tom Wilkinson [Dick Bean Services - JAN 2013]



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Tom Wilkinson - Todd Graham - Dave Finley - Jim Bergen - Bob Camp - Rich Cardillo - Jack Jeter [Dick Bean Services - JAN 2013]



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Bob - Hunter and Corum Bean
[JAN 2013]



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Corum - Bob - Catherine - Jane and Hunter Bean
[AUG 2012]



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Left to Right with wives: Bean - Smetana - Bergen - Wilkinson - Camp - Auer - Cardillo [CO Front Range Lunch - NOV 2011]



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[CO Front Range Lunch - NOV 2010]



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Cardillo - Camp - Faurer - Bean - Todd Graham - Roades - Bergen -
Wilkinson - Smetana [CO Front Range Lunch - JUN 2009]



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Faurer - Todd Graham - Sally Bean - Sue Graham - Elaine
and Smitty Smetana [Bob Camp's 75th - DEC 2008]



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Dick Bean - Ute and Jim Bergen - Cynthia
Camp [Bob Camp's 75th - DEC 2008]



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Auer - Bergen - Smetana - Bean - Camp - Todd Graham
[CO Front Range Lunch - NOV 2008]



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Todd Graham - Bergen - Cardillo - Smetana - Bean - Faurer -
Wilkinson - Auer [CO Front Range Lunch - SEP 2008]



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Faurer - Bean - Smetana - Cardillo - Bergen - Auer
[CO Front Range Lunch - JUL 2008]



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[50th Reunion Bio]



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Standing: Sally and Dick Bean - Bill Harris - Al Parker - Bob Hasbrouck - Sitting: Judy Harris - Mel Remus '54 and Marvel LaFrenz Remus - Astrid Hasbrouck - Irene Parker [50th Reunion]



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Cardillo - Ordway - Bean - Todd
Graham [MAY 2002]



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Camp - Cardillo - Ordway - Bean -
Todd Graham [MAY 2002]



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Cardillo - ? - Bean -
Roades [c1998]



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Bean's - Cardillo - Todd Graham's -
Auer - Ordway [c1997]



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Auer- Bean - Cardillo
[c1997]



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Todd Graham's - Ordway's - Heyer's -
Bean [c1997]



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Sally Bean - Inez Cardillo - ? -
Bates' - Auer [c1997]



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Cardillo's - Bean's - Graham's -
Auer's - Ordway [c1997]



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Bean - Sue Graham - Dick and Norma Auer - Sally Bean - Martling - Inez Cardillo - Ski and Ute Ordway - Todd Graham - Erma Martling - Cardillo [CO Mini - AUG 1993]



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Cardillo - Camp - Ordway - Bean - Newton - Martling
[Ski Club Founders: Ski Club Mini - 1993]



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Griggs - Bates - Roth - Ordway
Camp - Martling - Bean - Cardillo [1991]



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Rear: Susan Griggs - Anna Bates - Sally Bean - Inez Cardillo - Lo Dienst - Front: Helen Stone - Ute Ordway - Ruthann Walton - Irma Raeber [1987]



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Front: Howie Stone - Ski Ordway - Pete Walton - Middle: Dick Bean - Bob Camp - Rich Cardillo - Rear: Jack Griggs - Quint Bates - John Martling - Danny Dienst [1987]



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Howie Stone's - Trobaugh's - Bean's
[c1985]



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Bean's and Howie Stone's
[c1985]



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[25th Reunion - 1980]

Row 10: Bergen - Cathey - Chapman - Gamble - Todd Graham - Don Smith - ? - Polly - McCloskey - Row 9: Blitch - Secord - Jim Ryan - Wing - ? - Row 8: ? - Matuszak - Wayne Smith - ? - Fleeger - Lynn - Joe Franklin - Charlie Johnson - Gunderson - Row 7: Regnier - ? - Reed - Stone - Herren - Weaver - Matteson - Hayes - ? - Enslow - Cliff Jones - ? - Reid - Feagin - Row 6: Wargowsky - Lichtenberg - Sanderson - Baker - Dienst - McCulla - Schick - Ludwig - Soper - Bean - Shideler - Lenio - Pirkey - Row 5: Goldstein - Fralen - Le Cates - Meisenheimer - Wheeler - Horst - Whittaker ? - Cardillo - Page - Newton - Prater - Lucas - Row 4: ? - Sloan - Traut - Rich Miller - Hoeferkamp - Heye - ? - West - Bill Graham - Row 3: Andrews - Perkins - Gay - Pace - Olvey - Strati - Dugan - Jackson - Whtitaker ? - Ralph Henry - Gallup - Murray - Ewing - Fikaris - Row 2: Hornbarger - Al Edwards - Robinson - ? - Thorsen - Dickson - Vitty - Tom Phillips - Bill Anderson - Giddings - Jacobs - Dryer - Row 1: Bazilwich - Samos - Wray - Trobaugh - Brokenshire - Bossert - Hagedorn - Walton - Poirier - Hasbrouck - LaFrenz - Nourse - Malooley



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[15th Reunion - 1970]

Row 8: Auer - McNair - Street - Wix - Row 7: Horst - Paul Parks - ? - Dugan - Grubbs - Domeck - Bliss - Row 6: Howie Stone - Newton - Booras - Strom - McDonald - Row 5: Fikaris - Schick - Gallup - Cardillo - Wheeler - Masson - Row 4: Katenbrink - Spellman - Joseph - ? - Schlotter - Row 3: Bergen - Fralen - ? - Andrews - Dunaway - Bob Johnson - Jim Ryan - Row 2: Bean - Strati - Soper - Jeter - Wiegand - Lenio - Price - Row 1: Prater - Thorsen - Meisenheimer - Reid - Zaborowski - Feagin - Joe Franklin

Larger Size



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Dick Bean



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L-1 Firsties - 1st Row: John M. Hamilton - Hasbrouck - Cheesborough - Hergenroeder - LaFrenz - Myers - St. Amour - 2nd Row: Struss - Howie Stone (CO) - Bean - Malooley - Leventis - 3rd Row: Mike Brown - Minich - Floyd - 4th Row: Boyd - Jim Strickland - Peterson - Vandersea





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2015 AOG Online Register
(Updated JUL 2019)

Richard J. Bean Cullum No: 20621 Class of: 1955 Born: IL Appointment: PA Branch: Inf Date of Death: January 1, 2013 (View Memorial Article) History: 20621 Richard James Bean B-IL: A-PA: Inf: TIS 57-59 & 61 [CR]: AdC CG 9Cps 61-63: CGSC 64: AdmsO USMA 64-67 [CM]: MA ColumbiaU 67: 1/5Cav RVN 67-68 [BSM-PH-4AM-CI]: OASD 68-71: Hq4Div 71 (CO 1/10Inf 72-74) [MSM]: ODATT Saigon 74-75 [JSCM]: FtCarson 75: Ret 75 LTC: Trust Invst O Bk 77-Ret 89: D - Colorado Springs, CO 1Jan13 a-80: Ob-2015 TAPS Genealogical Succession: MG Emmett J. Bean USA, Retired Relationship: Parent Cullum No.: 6409 Class Of: 1919

Register Glossary


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Richard James Bean

Richard James Bean was born on 18 October 1932 at Fort Sheridan, Illinois and was appointed to West Point by Senator Francis J Meyers of Pennsylvania. He entered West Point on 3 July 1951, was in Company L 1 and was a Corporal his 2nd Class Year. He was a Lieutenant and a platoon leader his First Class Year. He graduated on 7 June 1955 and was commissioned in the US Army in the Infantry.


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Richard James Bean

Richard James Bean was born in Fort Sheridan, Illinois on 18 October 1932 and now has a permanent Tee Time at the Holy Links Golf Course as of 1 January 2013. Dick is best remembered as a man of humility, strength, and grace sprinkled with an infectious sense of humor. He treated all he met with dignity and respect.

Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Dick Bean served 20 years as an Army Infantry Officer with various assignments as a Ranger Instructor, General's Aide, Company Commander, and the Army Staff. Dick moved his family to Colorado Springs in 1971 where he became the 1-10 'Golden Rifles' Infantry Battalion Commander at Fort Carson, Colorado. Dick was a Soldier's Soldier and was always concerned with the morale and welfare of his troops. He lived the West Point motto - Duty, Honor, Country.

Dick's military career took him to numerous overseas assignments including, Korea, Okinawa, and 2 tours in Viet Nam, first with 1-5 CAV in 1967-1968 and again with Military Assistance Command, Viet Nam 1974-1975, where he was instrumental in the planning the evacuation of South Viet Nam in 1975. His accomplishments earned him numerous military awards and citations to include the Bronze Star, Air Medals, and Purple Heart.

After he retired from the military, Dick worked at Merrill Lynch and as a Senior Trust Officer at the First National Bank. While at the bank he became active in various aspects of the Colorado Springs Community. He served as President of The Skyway Association, the Colorado Springs Downtown Rotary, and the Colorado Springs Association of the United States Army. He was President of Board of Directors of the Colorado Springs Opera Guild and the Dance Theater. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Cheyenne Mountain Country Club. Over the last decade Dick discovered his talent for Art and took up painting between rounds of Golf and wine tastings. Though he never promoted his art work, they were sought after by friends and he became a successful amateur painter. Many a home now has a Dick Bean original, and they remain a lasting memory to a budding artist.

Dick was the Son of the late MG (R) Emmett James Bean and Jeannette Gertrude Geibel Bean. He was a graduate of Normandy High School, Saint Louis, MO; The United States Military Academy, class of 1955 and received a Masters in History from the Columbia University in 1963. Dick Bean was married to Sally Mann Alexander, his Bride for 55 years.

He is survived by his wife Sally, their Son, LTC Robert A. Bean, his wife Jane, and their children, Corum, Hunter, and Catherine, their daughter, Leslie E. B. Gottesman, her children Emily and Teddy, her husband Dr. Rob Gottesman, and his daughter Audrey. He is also survived by his sister, Bettye Bean Young of Bountiful UT, his three nieces, Barbara and her husband Dr. Jim Morrison of Bountiful UT, Lynda and her husband Mr. Rob Erickson of Helena MT, and Patricia and her Husband Mr. Rick Hughes of Spring Hill Texas and their children and grandchildren.

Dick loved his family and they loved him. He was called Gimpy by his first grandchild; the name stuck and became most honored and enduring title. He was a member of the Broadmoor Golf Club, The Cheyenne Mountain Country Club, and the Marine's Memorial Club. He also was involved with several wine groups. Dick Bean will be deeply missed by his family and friends but he would like them to continue to; 'live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly, and leave the rest to God.' Donations may be made to St George's Anglican Church, Evercare Hospice, or the Broadmoor Garden Club.


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Richard James Bean 1955

Cullum No. 20621-1955 - January 1, 2013
Died in Colorado Springs, CO
Cremated and interred.


Richard James 'Dick' Bean was born at Fort Sheridan, IL on October 18, 1932 to Major General Emmett James Bean (Class of 1919) and Jeannette Geibel Bean of Erie, PA. He was a graduate of Normandy High School, Saint Louis, MO and received an appointment to the United States Military Academy with the Class of 1955. West Point held a special place in Dick's heart for all the lasting friendships he made with his fellow classmates. He was assigned to Company L-1 in his plebe year. Dick worked extremely hard academically. When he was not studying, he was active in wrestling and other various club activities. However, it was the game of golf that would be his lifelong passion. Dick had a good singing voice and was a member of the West Point Choir. At that time everyone was required to try out. As he recalled, being a member of the Choir allowed him to 'escape' West Point during plebe year when the Choir performed on the road.

Dick is best remembered as a man of humility and strength who treated all he met with dignity and respect. In addition it was his grace sprinkled with an infectious smile and sense of humor that would light up a room with goodwill.

Dick served 20 years as an Infantry officer and retired as a lieutenant colonel. Dick's military career took him to numerous overseas assignments, always to Asia. Dick's military career started with the Basic Infantry Officer Course, Ranger and Airborne schools (1955-56); Platoon Leader and Company Commander, C Company, 34th Infantry, 24th Division, Republic of Korea (1956-57). Upon his return from his assignment to Korea, Dick married Sally Mann Alexander on September 7, 1957. Sally would be affectingly known as his bride for the next 55 years. He met Sally during cow year on leave in Indianapolis, IN. After their marriage, it was off to Fort Benning, GA and Eglin Air Force Base (AFB) to be a Ranger Instructor (1957-60). There his son 'Bobby' was born. In 1960, the Bean Family was assigned again to the Far East, where he served as General Paul Caraway's Aide-de-Camp for the High Commissioner, Ryukus Island, Okinawa until 1961. While in Okinawa he was the Company Commander of C Company, 503rd Airborne Infantry (1962-63). He returned to CONUS to attend CGSC at Fort Leavenworth, KS (1963-64). After graduating, he was assigned to West Point where he worked in the Admissions Division from 1964 to 1967. It was here at West Point he received a master's in history from Columbia University in 1965. West Point was also where his daughter Leslie was born.

Dick would again travel overseas with 1-5 CAV to Vietnam (1967-68), where he served until severely wounded and medically evacuated. His accomplishments earned him numerous military awards and citations to include the Bronze Star, Air Medals and the Purple Heart. Dick moved his family to Colorado Springs after a tour on the Army staff at the Pentagon (1969-71). He was assigned to the 4th Infantry Division as the G1, then he was the 1-10 'Golden Rifles' Infantry Battalion Commander (1973-74) at Fort Carson, CO. Dick had decided to retire in Colorado Springs and asked for a staff position in for his final assignment. However, the Army sent him back to Vietnam with the Military Assistance Command (1974-75). Dick was instrumental in the planning the evacuation of South Vietnam in 1975. He was one of the last Americans to depart Saigon before it fell. He retired from the military in 1975. Dick was a Soldier's Soldier and was always concerned with the morale and welfare of his troops. He lived the West Point motto: Duty, Honor, Country.

After retiring, Dick worked first for Merrill Lynch and then was recruited by the First National Bank, where he stayed for the next fifteen years until he retired again when it became Bank One. While at the bank, he became active in various organizations in the Colorado Springs Community, including President of the Skyway Association, President of the Colorado Springs Downtown Rotary, Colorado Springs Association of the United States Army, President of the Board of Directors of the Colorado Springs Opera Guild and Dance Theater and on the boards of Portales Park and the Cheyenne Mountain Country Club. In the last decade, Dick discovered his talent for art and took up painting between rounds of golf and wine tastings. Though he never promoted his artwork, they were sought after by friends, and he became a successful amateur painter. Many a home now has a Dick Bean original, and they remain a lasting memory of a budding artist.

For Dick Bean the most important thing in his life was his family. He loved his wife, Sally; his son, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Robert A. Bean, his daughter-in-law, Jane, and their children: Corum, Hunter, and Catherine. He loved his little girl, Leslie E.B. Gottesman, her children, Emily and Teddy, and her husband, Rob. He always enjoyed the times when the family was together. At one time, his sister, Bettye Bean Young, and his brother-in-law, 'RIP' Young ('42), lived in Colorado Springs where his three nieces, Barbara Morrison, Linda Erickson and Patricia Hughes, would visit with their husbands and children. Dick loved his family and they loved him. He was called Gimpy by his first grandchild; the name stuck and became his most honored and enduring title.

Dick Bean died surrounded by his family. Prior to his death he asked that his family and friends 'live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly and leave the rest to God.' He now joins the Long Gray Line.

TAPS Memorial Article


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