John Willard Beckley, Jr.

August 25, 2020
John Willard Beckley, Jr.

John Willard Beckley, Jr of Ann Arbor, Michigan passed away August 25, 2020.  He was 75.

Mr. Beckley was born in Stamford Connecticut.  He lived in the Yorktown area for 45 years but spent the last five years in Michigan. In Michigan he lived his best life as a University of Michigan sports fan, wildlife watcher, and the world’s greatest Papa.

He served in the United States Navy from October 1965 to August 1969 and was honorably discharged as Cryptological Technician Third Class. He retired from Verizon phone company in 2000 and worked for the government in Fort Eustis until completely retiring in 2009. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Mary Ellen, his son John Beckley III of Yorktown, Va and two daughters Lauralyn Bottom of Ann Arbor, Michigan and Kathleen Mahoney of Arlington, Va. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren.  He will be remembered for his huge heart, love of life, and endless adoration of his family.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Bucktrout Of Williamsburg Funeral Home On Sunday August 30 at 1:00pm.  A private family Interment will follow in Williamsburg Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to support the Dr. Mark Kaminski Lymphoma Program Fund at the University of Michigan. Checks may be made to “University of Michigan” and sent to the Michigan Medicine Office of Development, 1000 Oakbrook Dr., Ste. 100, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. You may also call 734-764-6777or visit the website victors.us/johnwillardbeckleyjr to make your gift.


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  • August 29, 2020
    Sandy Westbrook says:
    Mary Ellen, Our sincerest condolences to you and your family. You are all in our prayers. Sandy & Pepper Westbrook

  • August 30, 2020
    Carole Floyd says:
    Carole Floyd

  • August 30, 2020
    Carole Floyd says:
    Mary Ellen and family, my prayers are with as well as all my love.

  • August 30, 2020
    Richard Green says:
    Please accept my sincerest and deepest condolences and may The Lord be with you during this time.

  • August 31, 2020
    Tamara Dowie says:
    I know you were a special brother to Patty. Prayers to your family! (Ron Wildermuth’s daughter) Tammy