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John R. Bean, 84, of Indianapolis, passed away on Saturday, May 18, 2013, after a brief illness. He was born December 23, 1928, in Clarksville, Arkansas, to Walter and Margaret Bean. He married Julia Peterfy with whom he just celebrated their 55th anniversary. John is also survived by his two sons, Mike (Peggy) of Milwaukee, WI, and Keith of Indianapolis. One of 10 children, he is now survived by 3 sisters.
Rev. Bean received his undergraduate degree from Pepperdine University and his Bachelor of Divinity from the University of Chicago in 1954. He served three churches in his career as a minister with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). They were Chicago Avenue Christian Church in Columbus, OH, Northwest Christian Church in Columbus, OH, and North Christian Church in Columbus, IN, from which he retired after serving for 25 years as senior minister.
During his professional life, John served in many roles with the Disciples Church on both a regional and national level. His career started on the regional staff in Ohio. He later served as moderator of the Indiana Region. He served in multiple roles on national committees for the general church board, including the vice chair of the Council on Christian Unity. While in Columbus, John served as the founding president of Columbus Ecumenical Assembly, served on the Mayor's Commission on Human Rights, and multiple other community boards. In 1989, he received from the city of Columbus, Indiana, the William R. Laws Human Rights Award. He also served on the Board of Directors of Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis.
There will be a memorial service at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at Northwood Christian Church, 4550 Central Avenue, Indianapolis, IN.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either Northwood Christian Church or the Trustees' Trust Fund at North Christian Church, 850 Tipton Lane, Columbus, IN 47201.
Arrangements are entrusted to Flanner and Buchanan - Washington Park North.