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Gary Beams

March 3, 1961 — February 8, 2020

Gary Beams

Gary Ritt Beams

Age 58, of Aurora, IL, and formerly of Downers Grove, Westmont, and Palatine, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, February, 8, 2020 at Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora.

Born March 3, 1961 in Chicago, Gary was a son of Arthur and Lois (Ritt) Beams. He was raised and educated in Westmont, and graduated from Westmont High School.

Gary was a member of the Westmont First United Methodist Church, and belonged to the Braidwood Recreation Club. Gary was an avid fisherman and enjoyed watching all professional sports. He was a loyal fan of the Miami Dolphins, Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls and Cubs. Gary loved his family, friends, and two dogs, Mercury & Shula.

Survivors include his siblings: Lori (Ronald) Rizzo of Morris, IL, Julie (Peter) Wakely of Downers Grove, IL and Christopher Beams of Naples, FL.; Nieces & Nephew; Frank Rizzo, Victoria Beams, Elizabeth Beams and Delainey Beams; Cousins: Joan, Joe and Lisa Sequens of Westchester, IL; his aunt Rita Roberts of Downers Grove, IL and Mercury Beams.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents Arthur & Lois (Ritt) Beams of Westmont, IL; brother Steven Beams of North Aurora, IL, and Shula Beams.

Gary was an organ and tissue donor. Through the Illinois registry and the Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network, Gary's helping to enhance other people's lives.  (

Cremation rites have been accorded, and a private family service will be held at a later date.

Family and friends may sign the guest book, upload photographs or share Gary’s memorial page online by logging into:

Cremation services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Home, Morris. (815-942-2500)

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