Joseph Frank Beebe
April 5, 1938 – October 4, 2021
Our beloved patriarch, Joe Beebe passed away peacefully on 4 October 2021. Joe would like you to know he had a great life full of simple pleasures, grand adventures and so much love. His work here on earth is now complete. No longer in pain, in body or mind, he is off enjoying his well earned reunion and rest with family and friends who have patiently awaited his arrival for many years. His memory will truly be our eternal blessing.
Joe was born on 5 April 1938 in Newark, NJ to Gertrude and Frank. In what he always described as his best decision, he married MaryEllen on 25 June 1966. One of their grandest adventures was relocating to Colorado in 1977. They traveled cross country with 3 kids, a dog, and a fierce determination to build a home with the Colorado Rockies as their backyard and playground. Joe was an engineer and an auto mechanic but was most passionate about the environment. He dedicated the majority of his career to research in vehicle emissions and clean air. He converted his home to solar, commuted by bicycle for 32 years to his job at Colorado State University and was committed to recycling and re-using. He believed strongly that each act of giving or doing, no matter how small, made an impact.
His love of travel and meeting new people from around the world was vast. He summited Mt. Kilimanjaro for his 70th birthday, watched the sunrise over Mt Everest, drank a Jameson’s after glacier hiking in Patagonia and worked collaboratively with fellow environmentalists in England for many years. While lucky enough to have visited 6 continents, Joe was always happiest exploring his home state. He saw most of Colorado from the seat of his bike or in his hiking boots, cycling in 15 Ride the Rockies bicycle tours and climbing several of Colorado’s fourteeners. He loved to learn, offered the best advice and was quick to laugh. He was always up for anything, especially if it involved wings and a game (Go Rockies, Go Rapids, Go Broncos, Go Rams, Go Buffs), a picnic and swim at Lake Loveland, watching his grandson triple-jump and even indulging in the occasional pedicure. Joe lived life most determinedly on his terms.
Joe was preceded in death by his wife MaryEllen, his son-in-law Jason, and his parents. An original “girl dad” he is survived by his three daughters Deborah Beebe, Judy Lenz (Jason) and Susan Sharp (Rick); his adored grandson Kyle Lenz; his two brothers Dennis Beebe (Christine) and Jim Beebe (Pam), and so many family and friends too numerous to mention.
Due to the ongoing pandemic there will be no public memorial at this time. Instead, we humbly ask that you celebrate Joe’s life by doing something that feeds your soul or is in service to others: take a swim, a bike ride or a hike; hoist a pint (or two); donate blood; get vaccinated; sing a song; spend time with those you love and those who love you back. Take a moment to be kind, lend a hand, say hello, enjoy the sun, create and savor an idyllic day. Remember we are all in this together. Laugh often. Love unconditionally.
Dad, we’re going to keep it going. Until we meet again.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Joseph Frank Beebe
October 12, 2021
I didn’t know your father, but did know your mom through our Philo connection. You were blessed to have two parents with such generous hearts and spirit. May your beautiful memories bring tears to heal your broken hearts and God’s promise of eternal life bring you peace.
October 10, 2021
I met Joe when I moved to Loveland in 2011 to serve as the minister of the Namaqua Unitarian Universalist Church. We were holding services at Ferguson High School then, and I remember one Sunday morning seeing Joe ride up on his bike. What struck me then was a kind of boyish charm, his air of self sufficiency, and his smile. Plus I admired and envied his mode of transportation.
Over the next 10 years he kept showing up on Sunday mornings on his bike. I met Deb a few times when she accompanied him to church. When Joe participated in a class called Building Your Own Theology, I loved how earnestly he engaged with the questions we were exploring. I experienced Joe as a man who loved life, always thinking and curious, gentle and strong, independent and kind. I’m so glad I got to know him.
Deb, thank you for inviting me to spend that time with your father after his accident. Your love and devotion to him, and his love and trust in you, touched me deeply. I am so sorry for your loss, It’s a big one.
Thank you to whoever wrote the beautiful obituary and chose the picture. I will remember Joe with affection and respect. His life was full and his legacy is rich.
October 9, 2021
I didn't know Joe was ill; I have been looking for him riding his bike around town on his way to swim in Lake Loveland - he would often stop by to say hello. You have my greatest sympathies - I loved working with him for many years at NCVECS at CSU. I will miss him and his great knowledge greatly. I know Mary Ellen is glad to be with him. Much love to you, Lenora
October 8, 2021
Dear Family of Joe,
My prayers of sympathy are with you as you grieve for your dear Joe. Now he and Mary Ellen are together at last…loving all from above!
October 6, 2021
Deb, Joe & Mary Ellen were a force to be reckoned with when finding the perfect home for their darling daughter. Deb’s sheer unwavering & loving dedication to her parents, their health & their happiness has been an inspiration. Joe’s passing marks the end of an era & emanates continuing love. I feel privileged to have known the Beebe’s and am so thankful to count their daughter one of my dearest friends, as she was raised in greatness & with a true lust for life. Wishing their family all the love, peace & happiness Joe ensured all those around him felt at all times. Go in Grace & may all of your heavenly your steps be blessed ❤️
October 6, 2021
My family had the privilege of living next to Joe and Mary Ellen for many many years. And it was a privilege. Joe lead an amazing life. From the tales of adventure to the mowing of the weeds in the green belt. He was always on the move and doing for others. His altruism (his word) made an impression on all of us. What a beautiful obituary. It was an honor to call your Father and Mother “friends.”