CHAMPAIGN, IL- Donald Paul Beasley, 91, of Champaign, IL, passed away at 7:25 AM, Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at his home in the Villas of Hollybrook, Savoy, IL.
Graveside services will be held at 12:00 Noon, Monday, September 23, 2019 at East Lawn Cemetery with military rites performed by Urbana American Legion Post 71. There will be a memorial visitation from 10:30-11:30 AM on Monday at the Renner-Wikoff Chapel, 1900 S. Philo Rd., Urbana, IL.
Donald was born June 24, 1928 in Urbana, a son of James E. and Dora Elfa (Green) Beasley. He married Marjorie M. Miller on May 8, 1946 in Danville, IL. She preceded him in death on November 5, 1995. Survivors include two daughters, Marcia L. Miller of Champaign and Katherine B. Jacobs (Perry) of St. Petersburg, FL, a son, Richard A. Beasley (Ginny) of Urbana and his daughter-in-law, Glenda Beasley, Dade City, FL. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren, 22.5 great grandchildren and 4.5 great great grandchildren. He will be remembered as an energetic, fun loving, sometimes jokester, Dad, Grandfather, and Great Grandfather. He will be thought of frequently for his wonderful sense of humor and all the exactly right life advice he shared with everyone.
His beloved wife, Marge, devoted son, Ronald E. Beasley, and loving daughter, Karren A. Keith, four brothers and three sisters, preceded him in death.
Donald graduated from Urbana High School and served in the United States Marines from 1946-1947. After being recalled for the Korean Conflict, he later was honorably discharged from the Army National Guard in 1959. Don worked various jobs including a cook at Chanute, meat-cutter, ran a milk delivery route, bought a grocery store, owned and operated taxis, was a janitor, Vice President and Business Manager of Local 119 at the University of Illinois, operated a construction business, and finally served as a real estate broker. He was a member of the American Legion Post 71.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Marjorie M. Beasley Civil Service Employee’s Scholarship Fund through the University of Illinois Foundation https://uif.uillinois.edu. Condolences may be offered at www.renner-wikoffchapel.com.
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