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“I was lucky enough and very honored to get to know Major Bean by attending events at the Somerford Assisted Living facility where he lived for the...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Betty Reynolds - Newark, DE

“Bob was a great friend and I am very sad to hear of his passing. He and my mother, Christine had many great memories together and for that I thank...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: Jesse Bragg - Elkton, MD - friend

His favorite bankers took him to dinner for his 90th Birthday to Cracker Barrel. “It was an honor to have known such a remarkable man. When his casket was closed it was like closing a History Book. ”
3 of 15 | Posted by: Ann Hitman - Elkton, MD - Friend

“Major was such a joy to be around and stories he shared I will never forget. Rest in peace my friend. ”
4 of 15 | Posted by: sandy zimmerman - bear, DE

“Diane, I am so sorry to hear of your fathers passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. God Bless. Sherri ”
5 of 15 | Posted by: Sherri LaMonica - Rising Sun, MD

“I so sorry for your loss. I don't think I ever new anyone who lived his life as fully as Major Bean. I will miss him. ”
6 of 15 | Posted by: Susan Russell - Chesapeake city, MD

“To the family of Major Robert Stuart Bean, USAF ( RET) So sorry for your loss. He will be surely missed by so many,he was very proud of his country...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Edward Mckeown - Elkton, MD

“Our most sincere sympathy goes out to Bob's entire family. I am so happy to have known and to have flown with Bob in the past. Bob was an excellent...Read More »
8 of 15 | Posted by: Walt & Jane Wassmer - Conowingo, MD

“It was a joy to have known and shared time with Bob. He loved aviation and was always nice to share time and stories with at the airport and other...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: Dr. Edward E. Boas, Jr. - MD

“I'm proud to say I knew this amazing man. I loved hearing all his stories when I served him at the bar in the Bayard House. He was really something....Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: Marianne E. Scullin - NJ

Dancing at my wedding 9-9-11 “(wouldn't let me post in life stories)Major Bean will always be remembered as Beanie Baby in my book :-) He had a laugh that was contagious and all...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: Magen Weight - North East, MD

“Major Bean aka Beanie Baby will always hold a special place in my heart. He has been like a grandfather to me over the years and I am so blessed to...Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: Magen Weight - North East, MD

“Will love you for always beanie baby! You always had a smile on your face and always put a smile on mine. You were such a great person. Everyone will...Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: Laura S. - Friend

Bob on take-off in Stearman N747RB at Massey Aerodrome 2003 “GONE WESTEveryone at Massey was a friend of Bob Bean, he is sorely missed. Out of respect, he was often referred to simply as The Major. Bob based...Read More »
14 of 15 | Posted by: William Dougherty - Norristown, PA

“Major Bean was a great man who will be sadly missed. So many memories of a good man, from surprise visits in Germany to cat butts and cat beer, wry...Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: Robert W. Moreland II - Elkton, MD


Major Robert Stuart Bean, (USAF, Ret.), 92, of Elkton, MD, passed away peacefully May 9, 2014 at Somerford Place in Newark, DE.

Born in Philadelphia, PA on October 1, 1921, Robert was the son of the late Herbert S. and Marguerite Diffenbach Bean. He retired from the U.S. Air Force after a distinguished career as a multi-engine combat pilot, flying in both the Pacific Theater during the Second World War, and in Korea. Following his military service, he had a long career with the state of Maryland as a parole and probation officer. Mr. Bean has left a large group of close friends spanning many walks of life internationally, and will be remembered as a loyal, patriotic, and whimsically humorous man, and father. He most loved planes, trains, dogs, and his yearly travels to Germany and Switzerland. Bob had the valuable ability to make instant friendships during his many travels, and was able to sustain those friendships across time.

He is survived by two sons, Cary Bean of Santa Rosa, CA and Timothy Bean of Elkton, MD; and two daughters, Judith Bean of Oakland, CA and Diane Thisell of Newark DE; and five grandchildren.

A service honoring his life will be held at R.T. Foard Funeral Home, 318 George St., Chesapeake City, MD on Saturday May 17, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with a visitation beginning at 1:00. Burial with full military honors will be at Arlington National Cemetery will be held Wednesday September 10, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. To send condolences,visit www.rtfoard.com.