Eugene Edward "Gene" Beasley

  • Born: September 27, 1929
  • Died: December 7, 2019
  • Location: Springfield, Michigan

Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care

105 Capital Ave NE
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Tel. (269) 962-5527

Tribute & Message From The Family


Eugene Edward "Gene" Beasley of Springfield, MI

Gene, age 90, died on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at Pineview of Battle Creek, MI with his loving family at his side.

Gene, the son of Chester and Florence (Austgen) Beasley, was born in Marion, Indiana on September 27, 1929. He grew up in Indiana and was a 1947 graduate of Dyer (IN) High School. Gene received his master's degree in speech from Ball State University in 1963. He served his Country honorably and nobly in the U.S. Navy as Yeoman Third Class during the Korean War 1948-53 aboard the USS St. Paul, and received Korean Service, United Nations, China Service and Good Conduct ribbons. Gene's first teaching job was at Dowagiac, then Indianapolis; and was employed at Harper Creek Schools until retiring in 1985, after 27 years as an educator. During that period, he taught Driver's Education. After retiring he was a substitute teacher for a several area school districts.

Gene was a member of St. Philip Catholic Church, where he enjoyed singing in the choir. He enjoyed running and earned numerous medals in his age group in various lengths, including winning a 10K. Gene enjoyed woodworking and made 3-dimensiontional wood replicas of his children's homes. He sang in Community Chorus and his highlight was "Make We Merry." He directed and choreograph all the plays and dramas at Harper Creek High School

Gene was united in marriage to the former Rosemary Ann "Rosie" Blume on August 16, 1956 in Marion, IN and she sadly preceded him in death August 17, 2017. Surviving are his children, Carol (Bob) Cornwell of Jamestown, OH; Angela Beasley of Baltimore, MD; Martha "Marti" (Patrick) Samsel of Mason, MI and Paul (Dagmar) Beasley of Westminster, CO; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Rose Marie Bryant and Susie Finley, both of Grandbury, TX and a brother, Jim (Ann) Beasley of Naperville, IL. Gene was also preceded in death by two sons, Carl E. Beasley on October 17, 2017 and Joseph E. Beasley on December 28, 1995; his parents and a brother, Larry Beasley.

Gene's family will greet friends on Sunday, December 15th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek, where the Parish Rosary will be recited at 4:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, December 16th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Philip Roman Catholic Church, 92 Capital Avenue, NE, Battle Creek with Father Robert Johansen, Celebrant. Family and friends will continue Gene's life celebration with a time of fellowship and a luncheon immediately following the Mass in St. Philip Parish Center. Interment will follow at 2:00 p.m. in Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, MI, with the United States Navy Honor Guard and the Fort Custer Honor Guard bestowing full military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Gene's honor may be directed to Child-Abuse Prevention of Calhoun County, 36 West Manchester, Battle Creek, MI 49037. Personal messages may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com


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Condolence & Memory Journal

For many years, I sat next to Gene and Rosemary at weekday masses, and under the request of Father Fitzgerald, we prayed the divine office together. I will miss them both very much. Good people with a sincere and simple faith that possessed its own special depth. May God grant them eternal rest.

Posted by John Marshell - Battle Creek, MI - Friend   January 01, 2020

I remember Gene as a substitute teacher in the 1990s and at the Diocese of Kalamazoo churches. My condolences to the family for the loss.

Matthew Falcon

Posted by Matthew Falcon - Indianapolis, IN - Student   December 21, 2019

MY CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY & FRIENDS OF MR. BEASLEY. HE WAS MY TEACHER AT HARPER CREEK HIGH SCHOOL & HE WAS ONE OF MY FAVORITE !!! HE TAUGHT ME TO BUILD SETS FOR THEATER. HE TAUGHT ME MUCH & HE WAS AN EXCELLENT TEACHER WITH A LOT OF PATIENCE !!!!! I WILL NEVER FORGET HIS KINDNESS OR HIS PATIENCE HE HAD WITH ALL THE STUDENTS !!!!! YOU ARE MISSED MR. GENE BEASLEY !!!!! TRULY A ONE OF A KIND !!!!

Posted by TERESA CONANT - MARSHALL FXPDG, MI - Student   December 20, 2019

I loved singing as Tenors together in BCCC! Well, I'm pretty sure he was a tenor! My condolences.

Posted by Jeff Pape - Battle Creek, MI - Friend   December 19, 2019

Mr Beasley was awesome teacher of mine and my brother rest in peace mr Beasley.my condolences to the family.

Posted by Dorothy Rugg - Battle creek, MI - Student   December 14, 2019

Gene was my RCIA sponsor before I was married in 1991. Was a wonderful man to lead the journey.

Posted by Brian Snyder - Battle Creek, MI   December 12, 2019

I will always remember Mr Beasley for being a great teacher, totally devoted to his students, and passion for subjects he taught that he passed onto his students. Harper Creek Class of 1974.

Posted by Roberta Wetherill-Zull - Battle Creek, MI - Student   December 11, 2019

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Gene was a good friend at Saint Philip Catholic Church. We both sang together in the church choir and Battle Creek Community Chorus. I leave my condolences.

Posted by Elizabeth Berry - Columbus, OH - Friend   December 11, 2019

I am sorry to hear of Gene's death. He was always so positive and full of energy. I appreciated the support Gene and Rosie gave to the Child Abuse Prevention Endowment Fund and to all the children they supported and advocated for through out their lifetimes. He will be missed as is Rosie.

Posted by Rita McPhail - Battle Creek, MI - Acquaintance   December 11, 2019

Mr Beasley always jad a calm demeanor in school. Someone you could easily tall to. One of my favorite teachers.

Posted by Bob Walter - Battle Creek, MI - Student   December 10, 2019

Mr. Beasley was such a great English teacher at Harper Creek. He was so easy to talk to and always had a smile. He will be greatly missed.

Posted by Heather Dice (Head) - London, KY - Student   December 10, 2019

Good people have great impact. Thank you Mr Beasly for always demonstrating how true this is.

Posted by Daniel Kelley - Battle Creek, MI - Student   December 10, 2019

My heavenly father be with you and your family.

Posted by Sheila Dalton-Schmidt - Classmate   December 10, 2019

Mr. Beasley was an awesome person. He was my favorite teacher in high school. I have a lot of found memories of all the plays at Harper Creek I was involved in. He was always an awesome listener. When I had anything that bothered me, he was always there. Thank you Mr. Beasley for everything you have done for me. I will greatly miss you.

Posted by Robin Outman-Halsey - Battle Creek, MI - Friend   December 10, 2019

My deepest sympathy. May his memory be eternal.

Posted by Sandra Burdick - Battle Creek - Friend   December 09, 2019

I have fond memories of cross country with Mr Beasley and his son Paul. I am another one who is still enjoying a lifelong passion for running 30+ years later because of the great coaches I had in high school. Sending wishes of comfort and good memories to the Beasley family.

Posted by Sara Schirmer - Chicago, IL - Student   December 09, 2019

Mr Beasley was my very first cross country coach when I was a freshman at St Philip High School in 1986! He was so kind and patient. He helped me improve and become more confident. I'm am still a runner today and that is largely because of his influence. Many blessings to his family and friends during this difficult time.

Posted by Karenn Vernagus - Lansing, MI - Student   December 09, 2019