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In 1946, Robert E. and the late Jacqueline D. Bean moved to Reading from Lebanon County. Robert quickly found his first job as a funeral director, but was soon drafted to serve in the Korean War. After serving as an Artillery Sergeant, Robert returned to Reading only to find that his job had been taken by someone else. So he and Jacqueline decided to open their own funeral home, and in December 1955, they founded the first Bean Funeral Home in Berks County. It was difficult at the beginning. Their first year, they served only four families, and both the Beans held other jobs to make ends meet. But soon, their caring, compassionate service, their attention to detail, and their philosophy of completely providing for the needs of families allowed the funeral establishment to grow. Today, under the leadership of their son Kevin, Bean Funeral Homes serve Pennsylvania families from four convenient suburban locations with their own crematory and a wide array of commemorative choices.

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Robert E. and the late Jacqueline D. Bean founders of Bean Funeral Homes.

 Hampden Heights - Past and Present

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Dear Mr. Bean,

I would recommend Bean Funeral Home to anyone. I especially commend Joseph McCullough, he is such a wonderful, caring person. Rick, my husband, hand-picked Joe after a Sunday Mass. I thank God I was standing near them that I Heard Rick say to Joe that if anything would happen to him that he wanted Joe to take care of him and his burial. We never dreamed that Rick would pass away so soon and suddenly. I can’t say enough for Joe, he took care of everything and anything I needed. I am so grateful that we met Joe through Patrick, his son, whom Rick loved very much. Patrick used to call Rick “Big Guy”. We recently moved to the Berks County area about 4 ½ years ago. We didn’t know too many places. I thank God for Patrick and Joe. We had people come from different parts of the state and everyone commended what a wonderful job Beans Funeral Home did with the service. You have a wonderful employee. Take good care of Joe, he knows what people want and need. You have a great asset in Joe.

Sincerely, Sue Baumann
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