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Richard "Rick" Beasley

April 28, 1945 ~ December 26, 2021 (age 76)

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BEASLEY, Rick - 76, of Highland Springs, VA, departed this life for his next great adventure on Sunday, December 26, 2021.  Rick was preceded in death by the mother of his four children, and wife of 29 years, Phyllis Beasley. He is survived by his large, loving family including his four children: Chris Beasley (Kim), Heather Harwood (Bobby), Danielle Batchelor (Anthony), and Cory Beasley (Mae); twelve grandchildren: Lily, Dylan, Michael, Tyler, Indiya, Cabell, Gavin, Carter, Ella, Eden, Miles, and Anna; and two great-grandchildren: Tanner and soon-to-arrive, Hazel; as well as extended family. Rick also leaves behind his dear and adored best friend, JoAnn Underwood.  Rick knew no strangers, so there are hundreds of others whose lives will be somewhat less rich without him. Rick was born on April 28, 1945, in Norfolk, VA. He attended Frederick Military Academy and graduated from J.R. Tucker High School in Richmond, VA, before enlisting in the United States Army. Some of his greatest memories included his service time in Germany during the Vietnam War. Rick took full advantage of his off-hours while stationed overseas, starting his collection of German beer steins and bar glasses that he would keep and expand upon for the rest of his life, visiting the beautiful areas surrounding his duty station, and enjoying the freedom of speeding down the Autobahn. He later attended RPI (now VCU) for business and enjoyed thirty years as a successful and award-winning salesman for Kraft Foods. Rick's passions included many things.  He was a master woodworker and hobbyist. Rick made the most beautiful furniture, dollhouses, and dollhouse furniture and his work will be enjoyed by multiple generations of countless families for years to come. If you have anything he made, you already know that he went the extra mile on each piece; if his name was on it, he wanted it to be perfect and last forever.  Rick was also incredibly accomplished at model shipbuilding. One of his pieces, of which he was most proud, was a replica of The Flying Fish, which was displayed for many years at the Mariners' Museum and Park in Newport News, VA. Rick had a mischievous and playful spirit which allowed him to create memories with his children and grandchildren that will last forever and always bring a smile to their faces. Whether it was a sneak-attack water gun ambush, impromptu trips to the grocery store for "the good chocolate milk” or building a pop-up roadside vegetable stand to use for a one-day visit, he seemed to inherently know how to make those in his presence feel like they were the most important person in his life…at that exact moment, they were.  In honor of his wishes, all services will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests you please consider donating in his name to the Alzheimer's Association at www.alz.org.  As a final thought, the family would like to acknowledge the staff at Monaghan for assisting us in honoring one more of his few, but important final wishes.  Rick would take great solace in knowing that this meaningful (and free) ‘online only’ summary of a life well-lived comes at no additional expense to him or his family.

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