Ronald Eugene Beasley, 65, of Dade City, Fla., born Sept. 9, 1950, in Urbana, Ill., was killed in an automobile accident on June 15, 2016, while traveling through Montana.
Ron graduated from Mahomet-Seymour High School and received a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Northern Illinois University. He later received a Master of Science in management from Florida Institute of Technology, and a Master of Science in national resource strategy from the National Defense University. Ron proudly served in the United States Army for 30 years and retired as a colonel on Jan. 1, 2004. His awards included the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and Good Conduct Medal. He earned the Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and Parachute Rigger Badge.
Ron grew up in Mahomet, Ill. He married Glenda J. Ellis of Waterloo, Ill., on Oct. 1, 1976. They enjoyed traveling the world during his military career and then settled in Dade City, Fla. He spent his retirement years golfing, playing chess, hiking and spoiling their grandchildren. They traveled extensively in recent years, visiting all 50 states, and especially enjoyed hiking to waterfalls, slot canyons, and mountains. Ron summited 29 state high points, and never passed up an opportunity to visit a national park or monument.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Marjorie, nee Miller, Beasley.
Those who will miss Ron the most are his wife, Glenda; sons, Jeremy (Linda) Beasley of Norrkoping, Sweden and Jarrod (Laura) Beasley of Belleville, Ill.; grandchildren, Linnea, Ty, Reagan, Nathan and Zoe Beasley; his father, Donald "Don" Beasley of Champaign, Ill.; his twin brother, Rick (Ginny) Beasley of Urbana, Ill.; his sisters, Marcia Miller (Charles Middleton) of Champaign, Ill., Karren Keith of Villa Grove, Ill., and Kathy Jacobs (Perry) of Tampa, Fla.; and numerous nieces and nephews. He will be remembered fondly by the many soldiers with whom he served and by his golfing partners.
Funeral: Colonel Beasley will be laid to rest with full honors Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, at Arlington National Cemetery. Please contact a family member for more details if you would like to attend the service.
HODGES FAMILY FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION CENTER, Dade City, Fla.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Aug. 22, 2016