Steven Andrew Beakley was born on March 12, 1951 to Andrew and Thelma (Cox) Beakley and passed away on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at the age of 68 years.
Steve graduated High School with a 3.4 GPA.
He proudly served his country in the United States Army for three years during the Vietnam War. He received nine awards for his service, and received a honorable discharge.
He took classes at Bailey Technical School for Automotive Mechanic Technology. He was a class 1-A repairman at Bi-State Public Transit System in St. Louis, Missouri. He was forced to leave employment due to disability caused by Multiple Sclerosis. Steve was a disabled Veteran.
During his high school years Steve worked for Cyclone Enterprises, where they made hot dog machines and small safes for delivery vans that carried money and receipts. Steve learned all phases of production necessary in the making of hot dog machines, earning the assistant production set-up position in all phases of the hot dog machine manufacturing process.
While employed at Bi-State Bus, Steve was one of the five repairmen honored for the first place team in the Bi-State Bus Rodeo held annually. He was also employed at Forest Park in St. Louis, Missouri as a mechanic by the city of St. Louis Parks Division.
He was an avid guitar player, playing for self accompaniment for songs that he wrote and sang in church. He like older automobiles and trucks without computer systems and he always maintained his own vehicles. Steve was a lifetime member of the North American Hunting Club, and a member of the American Legion for four years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Thelma Beakley.
He is survived by his children, Andrew R. Beakley and wife Tonja of St. James, Missouri, Ethan Beakley and wife November of Fenton, Missouri, Angie Beakley of St. James, Missouri, David Beakley and wife Nikki of Bucklin, Missouri and Aaron Beakley and wife Andrea of St. James, Missouri; grandchildren, Lucas (Abigail) Beakley, Rayanna Beakley, Gabrielle Heflin, Halie Beakley, Dakotta Beakley, A.J. Beakley, Justin Beakley and Nolan Beakley; great granddaughter, Ellzie Beakley; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from 3-5 p.m. on on Sunday, January 12, 2010 at the St. James Chapel of the James & Gahr Mortuary in St. James, Missouri.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 13, 2010 at the St. James Chapel of the James & Gahr Mortuary with Reverend Mick Thrasher officiating.
Internment with full military Honors was held at 1 p.m. on Monday, January 13, 2020 at the Ft. Leonard Wood Veterans Cemetery in Waynesville, Missouri.
Arrangements under the direction of the James & Gahr Mortuary in St. James, Missouri.