Wesley Richard Beall

Age 61, of Lansing; formerly of Ann Arbor, passed away July 24, 2015. He was born October 26, 1953, in Tucson, Arizona, to Willard and Michi (Endo) Beall.  Despite his disabilities since birth, he graduated from Huron High School in Ann Arbor.  Wesley became an advocate for the disabled and for epilepsy education to the public and to the State of Michigan Legislators. He was a strong University of Michigan football fan. Wesley appreciated classical music and natural beauty. He enjoyed playing chess and Uno, Canasta, Euchre. Wesley loved knock knock jokes and putting puzzles together.

He is survived by: his mother; one sister, Margaret Beall of Okemos, Michigan; one half-sister, Arlene Herndon of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; one half-sister Carolyn Beall of Louisville, Kentucky; three nieces: Hilary Beall of New York, New York, Arlene Kaczorek of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Carol Giuliani of Avon, Colorado; and two nephews: David Herndon of Pittsburgh and Jim Giuliani of West Bloomfield, Michigan.  He was preceded in death by his father; one half-sister, Frances Giuliani; two half-brothers: Waverly Beall and Dale Beall; and one nephew, John Giuliani.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 27, 2016.  It will begin at 10:30 a.m. at The Willows at Okemos, 4830 Central Park Drive.  The chaplain of Compassus Hospice will say a few words, read the names of their patients that passed away during the last year, and present their families with flower bulbs.  Refreshments will be served after the service.

Following the service at The Willows, friends and family of Wesley are invited to the home of Margaret Beall and Jan Christensen, 4178 Wabanigo Road in Okemos, for a casual lunch, which will be accompanied by a slide show and music, until 1:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Compassus Hospice and Palliative Care or to the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan.

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Liz Bauer
August 21, 2016 at 2:23 pm

Wesley was a good friend and great teacher. In the years that I had regular contact with him, he would press me to do the right thing. One of his favorite mantras was “Fully use your resources.” I have said that many times in the years since our connections waned. Whenever I do say it, I think of him. He will live on in my thoughts going forward.

With deepest sympathy to his family and friends and all who cared for him. Sincerely, Liz Bauer

Gloria F. Sanders
August 23, 2016 at 9:34 pm

We hope there is comfort in knowing we share your sorrow. We are keeping you all in our Thoughts and Prayers. Love Sis Gloria and Mother Jamison

Mary Gebbia-Portice
August 24, 2016 at 2:22 pm

I never had the chance to meet Wesley, but I know that he was deeply loved and cared for by his sister, Margaret, and many others. His soul has left an indelible mark on the hearts of many and I know that he will be remembered and missed forever. May he rest in peace and may the joy of the memories somehow lessen the depth of the sorrow for those left behind. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

David Wightman
August 26, 2016 at 10:10 am

Wesley was one the best friends one could have. He was honest and gave me a smile every time he saw me, even if it took all of his energy to do it.

Carol Giuliani
August 27, 2016 at 12:03 am

My condolences, especially to Wesley’s mother and sister Margaret. As Wesley’s sister/niece I grew up with him. He had a kind heart, loved to joke, and I believe most wanted peace and justice. He was often misunderstood due to his disabilities. The physical challenges he faced later in life made things very difficult for him. I thank my mother for raising and caring for him during her life. I thank Margaret for her constant care and attention to Wesley especially during his last 20 years as his physical health declined – the surgeries, hospital stays, arranging for his living and well-being, Margaret was always by his side, and his constant advocate. I know he is in a better place now, at long last in peace. He lives on in our hearts.


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