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1943 Michael 2024

Michael Lee Beal

October 2, 1943 — March 30, 2024

Ham Lake

Beal, Michael Lee age 80 of Ham Lake, MN passed away March 30th, 2024 surrounded by family. He was preceded in death by parents Arthur and Margaret (Finley) Beal and brother in law Gary Melin. Survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Susan; children Sarah Beal, Nathan Beal, and Rebecca Beal; two grandchildren Ava and Aria Beal; sister Barbara Lanegraff (Edward), brothers in law Bennett Melin and John Melin (Barbara), sister in law Jean Melin; cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. 

Mike Beal was born on October 2nd, 1943 in California to his parents Arthur (Bud) and Margaret (Mickey) Beal. He grew up in North Minneapolis and graduated from North High School. In his early years as a child, he spent endless hours with family in Aitkin, MN on Lake Sissabagamah, where he found a love of the outdoors. After graduating high school, he went to the University of Minnesota where he studied business. While at the U of M, he met a beautiful young woman who caught his eye, Susan. Over the next few years, Mike and Susan’s relationship blossomed and this turned into a love that lasted a lifetime. Susan and Mike were married in August 1967. They lived in Roseville for a short time, before buying a house in North Minneapolis where they lived for a couple of years. In 1971 they moved to a home in Andover where they would start a family. Mike and Susan had three children, Sarah, Nathan, and Rebecca. Mike loved his corvette (which he traded in for children) and RV, and his love for the outdoors continued throughout his life. Mike and Susan traveled the world together taking many trips throughout their time together, visiting all seven continents.

Mike also shared his love of hunting and fishing with his wife and children, never leaving them behind, but always including them, teaching them, and eventually sharing this passion with each of them. Mike’s father Bud took him out to Montana to hunt mule deer when he was a teenager, and they met the Cain family, who was gracious enough to allow them to hunt on their land. This family friendship between the Beal and Cain families has continued to this day, and this is a family trip that we make every year, which was Mike’s favorite trip of the year. 

Mike also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren Ava (14) and Aria (11). He shared his deer stand with them several times and enjoyed watching them dance. He also blessed them with his red hair!

Mike was a selfless person, who was always willing to put others before himself. His kindness and positive attitude were one of a kind. He never complained and always looked at the good in every situation. He also enjoyed spending time with his church family in worship and fellowship including his Bible Study Fellowship friends. His faith was strong and his love for Jesus carried him through life’s ups and downs, and eventually to his eternal home in Heaven. Mike will be missed dearly, but will never be forgotten.

Memorial service will be 12:00pm Saturday, April 20, 2024 at Family of Christ Lutheran Church, 16345 Polk Street NE, Ham Lake, with visitation beginning at 10:00am. Lunch will follow at the church. Memorials preferred to Family of Christ Church.

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