Bridport, Vt — Spc. Alan N. Bean Jr. died unexpectedly on Tuesday, May 25, 2004, in Iskandariya, Iraq, while serving with the 186th Field Artillery Unit that was deployed from Vermont in January of 2004.
Alan was born in Burlington, Vt., on March 11, 1982. He grew up in Charlotte, Vt., and attended Champlain Valley Union High School.
Alan joined the Army National Guard in 2000, attending boot camp in Fort Knox, Ky., and Advanced Individualized Training in Edgewood, Md. Alan was promoted to sergeant posthumously.
A country boy by nature, Alan loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He is accurately described as a man that was not concerned with material possessions and was perfectly happy with his rusty pickup truck and a six-pack of beer. He had a sense of humor that was only overpowered by his kindness. To know him was to love him.
Alan is survived by his 3-month-old son, Gabriel Alan Bean of Yarmouth, Maine; his parents, Kim (Reynolds) and Alan Bean Sr. of Bridport, Vt.; a brother, Ernest Bean of Bridport, Vt.; a sister, Tricia Bean and her boyfriend Matthew Tetreault of Johnson and Marshfield, Vt.; his paternal grandfather, Norman Bean of Charlotte, Vt.; his maternal grandparents, Morris Reynolds of Wadhams, N.Y., and Shirley and Lyle Litchfield of Willsboro, N.Y.; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Alan was predeceased by his paternal grandmother, Jane Bean of Charlotte, Vt.
Calling hours will be held at Brown-McClay Funeral Home, 48 South Maple Street, Vergennes, Vt., from 12 to 2 p.m. Friday. Services are to be held at St. Peter