Noel Beasley, age 85 of Maplewood, died peacefully on June 7, 2018 of complications from dementia with his wife by his side. He is survived by his wife, Leonore; daughters, Laura (Bob Henderson) and Genevieve Howard (Logan); stepchildren, Tom Edgren, Cheryl Johnson (Carey) and Brenda McFadden (Jim); eight grandchildren and their families; and his brother, Val (Zakira). He was preceded in death by his son, Bruce.
Noel was born and raised in southern California. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles. He had a successful career as a mechanical engineer working for several companies. His professional life included living overseas with his wife Leonore in Hong Kong. He was an inventor and held patents in the medical field and toy industry.
After he retired, he traveled the world with his wife and visited Asia, Africa, South America, Europe and Canada. They took many camping trips. He enjoyed being outdoors, hiking and cooking out over a campfire. Fondly remembered for his precision in grilling, he used his watch to time the meat exactly to the minute. Good food was a pleasure for the couple, and he could cook whatever he set his mind to. The couple preferred to eat at home because they ate so well there.
He was a person with a great sense of humor and dry wit who had many talents and interests. He was a potter, a gardener—especially of homegrown vegetables, one time a tomato plant grew taller than his 6'2" height—and an all-around handyman. He played many games. He was tough to beat at card games because he could count cards. With Leonore, he volunteered at Alley Shoppe, a program that provides clothing and housewares to local needy families. He was a news junkie and liked to keep up with current events.
Most of all, he loved being with his family and friends.
No Memorial Service has been planned at this time. Memorial donations may be made to Alley Shoppe.