Oscar Benjamin Beasley
Colonel, United States Army
a contemporary press report:
Oscar Benjamin Beasley, 89, a retired Army colonel who worked as chief of commercial contracting for a Washington area construction company, died of cardiac arrest May 31, 1998 at Calvert Memorial Hospital. He had homes in Lake Barcroft and Scientists Cliffs, Maryland.
Colonel Beasley, a native of Florida, was a 1930 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. The majority of his military career was spent as an engineer. During World War II, he commanded the 40th Combat Engineer Regiment, which he took over in Sicily and led through several campaigns in Italy, Southern France and Germany.
After the war, he oversaw construction of Air Force bases in Tennessee and Iceland. He was serving at NATO headquarters in Paris when he retired from the military in 1959.
He came to the Washington area in 1961, then worked several years for Kettler Brothers Inc.
His military honors included two Legion of Merit awards.
His wife of 47 years, Helen Wickert Beasley, died in 1981.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Ray Beasley
of Lake Barcroft and Scientists Cliffs; five children from his first marriage;
16 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
On Sunday, May 31, 1998. Beloved husband of
Mary Ray Beasley and preceded in death by Helene Wickert Beasley; father
of Benjamin B., Barbara A., Jere E., Helen M. and Timothy A.; brother of
Clarence Beasley and Thelma Larche; nephew of Mr. and Mrs. Lovick P. Williams.
Also survived by 16 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Mass of
Christian Burial will be offered at Ft. Myer Chapel on Wednesday at 12:45
p.m. Interment Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions
may be made to Planetary Society, 65 Catalina Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106-2301.
Photo courtesy of Russell C. Jacobs, August 2006
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