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Danny Joe Beakey

January 28, 1937September 5, 2019

Danny J. Beakey, Col. U.S. Army (Ret.) died on September 5, 2019. He was born on January 28, 1937 in Seminole, Oklahoma, as the eldest son of Francis Augustine Beakey and Retha Jo Moore Beakey. He grew up in southern Illinois and Perry, Oklahoma. Danny graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a BA in Business Administration and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army in 1959. He was a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and Scabbard and Blade. Later, he attended the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia and received his MBA degree in 1970.

His sweetheart and wife of over 51 years, Lee Bittman Beakey, preceded him in death in 2009. His youngest brother, Ronald, died in 1964 as a result of an automobile accident. Danny is survived by his son, Christopher Beakey, and his life partner Michael Weider, his daughter, Lisa Ruggere and her husband, John Ruggere and his granddaughters, Molly and Allie Ruggere, and his sister, Becky Robinson.

Danny’s career in the U.S. Army included assignments in Korea, the Republic of Vietnam, and the U.S. Army in Europe. He commanded units from Platoon to Brigade level and was a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington D.C. His commendations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, 2 awards, the Bronze Star Medal, 3 awards, and other ribbons awarded for service. He was awarded the Joint Chiefs of Staff Badge and the Army General Staff Badge for services in the Pentagon, Washington D.C.

Upon his retirement from the Army in 1988, Danny and Lee had the good fortune to move to Raleigh, North Carolina, where he served as Vice President for Finance and Business at Peace College. He retired from that position in 1998 and enjoyed travel and adventures with Lee.

Funeral services will be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.


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Danny Joe Beakey

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Ashley Buckus

September 14, 2019

I just met Joe recently, when I was lucky enough to spend Easter with him and his family. Even when he was struggling to find the words he was looking for, he managed to have us all laughing and smiling. He had a calm, kind and genuine disposition and I know he’ll be missed greatly by many.

Lisa Ruggere

September 14, 2019

How could I possibly put into words who my daddy was to me? He was my number one supporter, my confidant, and my best friend. In the last few months, he was my husband...well..that's another story.

I have many great memories but one of my favorites would be the month we spent in Germany alone without our spouses. Mom needed to return to the states for her mother and Johnny returned to find a job as a civilian. Everyday we would eat breakfast together and he'd ask a million questions wanting to learn about his adult "birdie". At lunch he'd come home and we'd resume our conversations in that little breakfast room that I can still picture so clearly now. Some days I'd walk over to his office on base and we'd go for a walk. It was fun being the Col. Daughter again. The man had such a presence but was also so well liked by all the soldiers.

Over the last year, God blessed me with spending every single day with my father. He may have lost many memories but he knew his Birdie and he always had that twinkle in his eye for me.

I love you so very much my sweet, sweet Daddy.

Karen LaBranche

September 14, 2019

I recently met Mr. Beakey. He was quite a character and I mean that in a good way. We had a conversation regarding his time in the military. I knew what an accomplished man he was . I told him I have an uncle who was a retired marine kernel. Mr. Beakey was so impressed. He spoke about his admiration of the marines. He told me to be sure to tell my uncle how appreciative he was of my uncle’s time served. The conversation touched me. Rest In Peace, fine sir.

The Harmons

September 13, 2019

All of the Harmon’s send our love and condolences! We shared many decades together during our military years! Col and Mrs Beakey and Chris and Lisa will always be like family to us! I know he is rejoicing being with his sweetheart again!

Please keep us posted on the Arlington services!

Dawn and family!!

John Ruggere

September 13, 2019

I have such fond memories of Dan! Dan had a nickname for everyone in our family. His wife Lee was “Lee Lo” , Daughter Lisa was “Birdie” , and he called me “John Boy”. He called potato chips Fat Pills and put salt on Water Melon! His legacy is he always made you feel you were the most important person in the room and lived a life on honor and leadership. Everyone loved Dan.