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Eugene  Edward "Gene" Beasley

Eugene Edward "Gene" Beasley
  • September 27, 1929 - December 7, 2019
  • Springfield, Michigan
  • Child Abuse and Neglect Council for Calhoun County C/O SAS
    36 West Manchester
    Battle Creek, MI 49037

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“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. ...Read More »
1 of 17 | Posted by: John Marshell - Battle Creek, MI

“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...Read More »
2 of 17 | Posted by: Matthew Falcon - Indianapolis, IN

“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...Read More »
3 of 17 | Posted by: TERESA CONANT - MARSHALL FXPDG, MI

“I loved singing as Tenors together in BCCC! Well, I'm pretty sure he was a tenor! My condolences. ”
4 of 17 | Posted by: Jeff Pape - Battle Creek, MI

“Mr Beasley was awesome teacher of mine and my brother rest in peace mr Beasley.my condolences to the family. ”
5 of 17 | Posted by: Dorothy Rugg - Battle creek, MI

“Gene was my RCIA sponsor before I was married in 1991. Was a wonderful man to lead the journey. ”
6 of 17 | Posted by: Brian Snyder - Battle Creek, MI

“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...Read More »
7 of 17 | Posted by: Roberta Wetherill-Zull - MI

“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...Read More »
8 of 17 | Posted by: Elizabeth Berry - Columbus, OH

“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...Read More »
9 of 17 | Posted by: Rita McPhail - Battle Creek, MI

“Mr Beasley always jad a calm demeanor in school. Someone you could easily tall to. One of my favorite teachers. ”
10 of 17 | Posted by: Bob Walter - Battle Creek, MI

“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. ”
11 of 17 | Posted by: Heather Dice (Head) - London, KY

“Good people have great impact. Thank you Mr Beasly for always demonstrating how true this is. ”
12 of 17 | Posted by: Daniel Kelley - Battle Creek, MI

“My heavenly father be with you and your family. ”
13 of 17 | Posted by: Sheila Dalton-Schmidt

“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...Read More »
14 of 17 | Posted by: Robin Outman-Halsey - MI - Friend

“My deepest sympathy. May his memory be eternal. ”
15 of 17 | Posted by: Sandra Burdick - Battle Creek

“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+...Read More »
16 of 17 | Posted by: Sara Schirmer - Chicago, IL

“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...Read More »
17 of 17 | Posted by: Karenn Vernagus - Lansing, MI


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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