John W. Beach, 93, of Lewes, Del., passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, at the Country Rest Home in Greenwood, Del. He was born Thursday, Nov. 29, 1923, in Rehoboth Beach, Del., son of the late John W. Beach and Margaret (Wenyon) Beach.
After graduating from Rehoboth High School in 1941, Beach served three years in the U.S. Army Air Corps before attending the University of Delaware. He was a member the Theta Chi fraternity and active with the college newspaper. In 1949, he transferred to the Charles Morris Price School in Philadelphia, Pa., to study journalism, and later completed his studies in newspaper management at Columbia University.
In 1951, Beach was named editor-manager of the weekly Dover Index in Dover, Del. He continued with it in 1953, when it was merged with the weekly Delaware State News to become a daily newspaper. He served as publisher for a number of years before retiring in 1976. He also served on the Board of Directors of Independent Newspapers Inc. during its initial expansion into Maryland, Florida and Arizona.
In 1970, Beach wrote “Cape Henlopen Lighthouse,” which was on the Delaware bestseller list for several months. A second edition was printed in 1971, and a revised edition with chapters on the Delaware Breakwater was printed in 1979 and 1993. In 1984, he published “This Was Rehoboth Beach,” a collection of “flotsam, jetsam and trivia” of Rehoboth Beach in the 1930s and 1940s. Beach’s third book, “Pirates on the Delaware,” was published in 1993. All of the books are now out of print.
In addition to the books, Beach wrote numerous articles for local and national publications. He continued as a newspaper consultant for a number of years after his official retirement.
Beach was a devoted father, husband and grandfather. He was well-respected on both a personal and professional level. He enjoyed golf and was a former member of the board of directors of both Maple Dale Country Club in Dover and Rehoboth Beach Country Club in Rehoboth.
In addition to his parents, Beach was preceded in death by his oldest son, John W. Beach III; his daughter, Linda Beach; his stepfather, Forrest P. Wenyon; and his sister, Becky Palmer. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 63 years, Jenny (Cooper) Beach; his two sons, David S. Beach and his wife, Jan, of Huntsville, Ala., and Jay D. Beach of Lewes; six grandchildren, Katie Cross, Chad Cross, David Scott Beach, Leah Beach, Chase Beach and Macy Beach; and his nieces, Carole Ann Medd, Lynne Mitchell and Janis Lewes.
The family thanked the staff at the Country Rest Home for their wonderful and loving care, especially the nurse, Jane, and the aide, Blanche.
Services were to be private. Arrangements were being handled by Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to All Saints Church; 18 Olive Ave.; Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971, or to Beebe Medical Foundation; 902 Savannah Rd.; Lewes, DE 19958. Condolences may be sent online at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.