Robert D. Beckley

October 4, 1926December 27, 2013

Robert D. Beckley, age 87, passed away on December 27, 2013 in Peoria, Arizona. A long time Ohio resident, Bob was born on October 4, 1926 in Kent and soon moved to Stow where he would spend the majority of his life. Bob met his future wife, Rosemary Capra, while attending Stow High School and after graduating, he enlisted in the United States Navy. He was a WWII Veteran and served aboard the USS Stokes from 1944 to 1946 while stationed in the Pacific. After his service in the Navy ended, on September 27, 1947, Bob and Rosemary were married. While raising his family, Bob became a well-known realtor, builder and businessman in Stow. He was president and owner of Bob Beckley Real Estate Company, a board member of Falls Savings and Loan, a member of the Stow Planning Commission, and was active with the Stow Athletic Boosters Club. Bob was also the charter president of the Stow Kiwanis Club, which he had helped found in the mid-1960s. Upon his retirement, Bob and Rosemary moved to Arizona in January of 1981. Bob is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Rosemary; his son Gary (Marlene) and daughter Joanie Drumwright (Dave); his grandsons Gary (Anna), Joseph (Kristin), and Matthew; his great-grandchildren Ella, Katie, Madelyn and soon to be additions of Emily, Michael and Ryan. He was preceded in death by his son Robert Jr. and his brother Jack. A private family service will be held. In lieu of flowers, the family and Bob request that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090 or


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Ken Brown

January 7, 2014

My deepest sympathy to the Beckley family. I maintain a website of the USS Stokes (AKA-68) and her history during World War II in our local library.

January 6, 2014

Rosemary and family,
So sad to hear of Bob's passing. Even though 10 years his junior, we were Stow friends for life. I have now been in Stow 77 years and know first hand about the loss of a partner. My wife of 55 years passed away in November. The LORDS blessing on each of your family.
Freddie Long
Stow, Ohio

January 6, 2014

We send our sympathy on Bob's passing to Rosemary and extended family. We have fond memories of your time in Stow....track meets especially.

Rosemary...We bought our first home from Bob in 1966, and we're still there having raised our two children on Hawthorne Ave. Still love the neighbors and neighborhood.

Gary...Think of you often especially on February 4, and during track season!

Dave & Nancy Reinhart (Stow, OH)

Amy Borders

January 2, 2014

It was such a pleasure to get to know Bob while he was here at the Arbor. He always had a smile for me and I will miss him. My thoughts and prayers go out to Rosemary and his family.

Don & Lorine Wade

January 1, 2014

Don & Lorine Wade send their most sincere condolences on the passing of a dear friend. Rosemary helped furnish our home when we moved to Sun City in 1988 and Bob and Don found out that they were born just hours apart, Bob on Oct 4, Don on Oct 5. Then they began exchanging the SAME birthday card and Christmas cards for years after that. Those cards began to look very beat up and full of wise cracks to each one of the men over the years that they were slipped into each other's mailbox, secretly, we hoped.. Bob kept us in stitches every time we got together. We will miss him very much.