Barry J. Beagles

SPRINGFIELD (Oct. 4, 2018) – Barry Joseph Beagles, 69, of Springfield passed away at 12:10 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, at Carlinville Rehab and Health Care Center after a long battle with diabetes and heart disease.

He was born Dec. 14, 1948, in Springfield to Howard and Mary Anne (Renfro) Beagles, the oldest of six children; 25 years ago, he gave his brother Gerry a kidney that is still functioning. He married April Gunning on Nov. 7, 1992, in Carlinville; the family lived in Auburn for many years, and she survives.

He graduated from Cathedral Grade School in 1962, attended Griffin High School and graduated from Illinois State University with a double major in sociology and anthropology; he went on to earn a teaching certificate and three master’s degrees from Sangamon State University (now University of Illinois Springfield) in sociology and anthropology, justice and social order with an emphasis in psychology, and human development and counseling with a certificate as a K-12 educational counselor.

He served as a medical corpsman at Great Lakes Naval Base from 1970-73; while there, he received a letter of commendation for service above and beyond the call of duty from Admiral Ternville and was part of the Navy AAA team that won best team for the league. He continued to play baseball in Springfield in the Friday Night League at Lake Springfield until his mid-fifties.

He was a hard worker, whether as an altar server, a paper boy or as kitchen help at St. John’s Hospital at age 15; as an adult, he worked in the field of social services for Camelot, DCFS and other agencies, and he was a teacher at Griffin High School and Taylorville Correction Center. At the correction center, he also served as an educational counselor and as a rehab counselor. He worked for 13 years as a security guard at St. John’s Hospital.

His childhood home was on the same block as Lincoln’s home, and he enjoyed growing up in that historical atmosphere and exploring downtown Springfield with his best friend, Dick Bubnis. He attended Thayer United Methodist Church and Auburn United Methodist Church.

In addition to his wife, surviving are a son, Andy; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bill and Judy Gunning; five sibling and their spouses, Anne, Rita, Gerry, David and Tom; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and cousins.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A celebration of life service will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 5, at Staab Funeral Home in Springfield, where military honors will be conducted.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Garden Center Services or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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