Beams, 92, died of lymphoma at his home on Lake Wawasee in Kosciusko County. He had earned his law degree in 1939 from the Indiana School of Law and served as a partner in the Helmke Beams Law Firm from 1946 until his death. The northern Indiana community remembers him for winning the 1954 election race for county prosecutor, where he served one term before losing in the 1958 election. That year, he beat out Orvas Beers who was a deputy prosecutor and later went on to become a prominent county Republican Party chairman.
Gov. Otis Bowen in 1976 awarded Beams with the Sagamore of the Wabash award.
A service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Crescent Avenue United Methodist Church in Fort Wayne, with a calling beginning an hour earlier. Additional calling will be Friday afternoon and evening at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home.