Thursday, September 09, 2010

Lawrence J. Beal, 72

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Lawrence J. Beal, founder and chairman of National Railway Equipment Company, died Monday, Sept. 6, 2010, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He was 72.


Beal established NREC, headquartered in Mt. Vernon, Ill., in 1984. NREC is a privately owned, vertically integrated provider of new and remanufactured locomotives, locomotive products and wheel services that has grown to become one of the world’s largest suppliers of remanufactured locomotives, new and rebuilt mechanical and electrical systems, and components. The company also provides locomotive field service and technical support. NREC delivers locomotives and services to customers throughout North America and worldwide. In 2006, it introduced new ultra low emissions N-ViroMotive™ GenSet road switcher locomotives for domestic and international service.

Beal is survived by his wife, Peggy Beal; a son, Steven L. Beal; daughter, Susan Beal Frangella and husband Patrick; a stepdaughter, Tahnissa Means; brother Pete Beal and wife Mary Lee of Boyd; brother Clifford Beal of Mt. Vernon; brother Clyde Beal and wife Bonnie; sister Ada Standerfer and husband Jerry; brother Paul Beal and wife Charlotte; and sister-in-law, Cathy Bea. Beal is preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Ron Beal.

Services will be held Monday, Sept. 13 at 10 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Mt. Vernon. A private interment service will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the church. Memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital and will be received at the Osborn Funeral Home, P.O. Box 130, Dix, IL 62830. Online condolences and obituary information can be viewed at

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