Orian Franklin "Frank" Beumer, 85, passed away Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at Riverpoint Health Campus in Evansville. Frank was born November 14, 1926, in Holland, Indiana, the fifth of eight children to Frank E. and Lydia. He graduated from Holland High School in April 1944. Following in the footsteps of two older brothers, Frank chose to join the Navy on November 8, 1944. He served on the USS Proteus in Panama, and chose to stay in the Naval Reserves after the war for six years.
After one year at Butler University he returned to southern Indiana and completed college at the University of Evansville with a BA in English. While at U of E he was editor of the college year book and editor of the editorial page of the college newspaper. In addition, Frank was a member of the Pi Delta Epsilon (honorary journalism) and President of Alpha Phi Omega (national service fraternity). He was voted Outstanding Graduating Acacian of the Class of 1952. Frank married Vivian A. Smith on December 21, 1947. Daughter Toni Lynn was born in May 1949 and son Steven Laune was born in June of 1954.
Frank worked nights at International Harvester his last year and half of college as a Public Relations Aide and remained until 1955. He started employment with the Mead Johnson in October 1955 as the Employee Communications Editor followed by Supervisor of Professional Employment. In 1958 he became the manager of New Product Scheduling and Coordination until July 1966. In 1966 Frank followed his entrepreneurial dreams and became a franchisee for Vanda Cosmetics. In December 1967 he joined St. May's Medical Center in the Human Resources Department where he worked until retiring in April 1988 as Vice President and Personnel Director. During his tenure in the personnel department at St. Mary's the number of employees doubled and he was instrumental in implementing many new policies in response to dramatic changes in the field of personnel. In March 1970 he married Phyllis Maynard.
He continued his education and received a Masters in Continuing Studies from U of E in 1982. During the years after his retiring from St. Mary's her served as Interim Personnel Director at Goshen General Hospital in Goshen Indiana. Additionally, he was an adjunct professor in the School of Business at the University of Southern Indiana from 1989 until 1994.
Frank stepped out of his comfort zone in 1996 when he joined the Peace Corps. As a Business Management Advisor, he was assigned to Jamaica from July 1996 until March 1998. During that time he worked with the Jamaica National Children's Home, South Coast Conservation Association and the Jamaica AIDS Foundation.
Frank expressed his commitment to improving the world around him by the many thousands of hours he dedicated to many organizations as a volunteer. Among those was The Literacy Center where he served as Board Chair. He was a van driver for Meals-on-Wheels for 11 years. He served on the Board and as Board Chair for the Visiting Nurses Association. He served many hours as a Driver Safety Instructor for the AARP chapter in Warrick County and was also on the board of Warrick County Foundation. And of course as Assistant Cub Master for Cub Scout Pack 36.
Among his professional volunteer activities he was served many roles for the American Society for Personnel Administrators including Area Director, member of the Board of Directors, Nominating Committee for National Officers, 1986; Master of Ceremonies for the 36th Annual Conference, 1984; Regional Vice President, 1984; and one of the first in the country to earn the designation SPHR. He served on the Indiana Family Health Council Board and as Chairman of the Board. In Toastmasters International he was Governor for Area 5, Lieutenant Governor, Southern Division and Governor of District 11.
Frank was preceded in death by brothers, Herbert, Alvin and Everett; sister, Florence; and wives, Vivian and Phyllis.
He is survived by his brother, Delbert; sisters, Garneta and Eleanor (Dotty); daughter, Toni of Evansville; son, Steven and his wife, Denise, of Casselberry, Florida; six grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at St Paul's Church in Holland, IN on Saturday, June 9, 2012, at 1:00 pm CDT/2:00 pm EDT. A Celebration of Life will follow at The Pub in Evansville from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Per his instructions, Bloody Marys will be served.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to VNA Hospice, 610 East Walnut Street, Evansville, IN 47734 or to the Alzheimer's Association, Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana Chapter, PO Box 96011, Washington DC 20090. Condolences may be made online at www.AlexanderEastChapel.com.