William H. Beasley, 77

William H. BeasleyWilliam H. Beasley “Bill,” 77, of West Bend, passed Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, at Cedar Community and is now at peace. He was born on June 5, 1937, in West Frankfort, Illinois, to Cevil and Mildred (nee Wicker) Beasley. Bill was raised in Pontiac, Michigan.

He met Karen while in the Air Force in Madison, and they married on Dec. 31, 1960, in Patch Grove.

Bill worked for the Milwaukee Police Department for 30 years and retired as detective lieutenant.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. His grandchildren referred to him as Papa.

Bill was very passionate about restoring old classic Buicks. He also loved the outdoors, fishing and hunting, and was a grade school basketball coach. Bill enjoyed working with Boy Scouts as a leader.

Bill is survived by his wife Karen of 54 years; children Dawn (Bob) Pieper, Diane Magnusson, Bryan (Annette), Cheryl (Michael) O’Hara and Kevin (Noelle); g randch i l d ren Kyle (Laura), Keith, Matthew, Erik, Danielle, Krystal, Aaron, Amanda, Adam, Sadie, Jude, Aubree, Cade, Landon and Bristol; great-grandchild Leonardo; and sister- in-law Sally Beasley. Further survived by nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his parents, brothers Cevil Jr., and Paul Beasley, and sister Barbara Sue Hardin.

A memorial service will be held at St. Frances Cabrini (1025 S. Seventh Ave., West Bend, WI 53095) on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, at 4 p.m. with the Rev. Enrique Hernandez of St. Frances Cabrini presiding. Visitation will be held at the church from 2-4 p.m. until the time of the service.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Cedar Community staff for their care and compassion during Bill’s journey.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family; 262-338-2050 / www.phillipfuneralhome.com.