Dec. 13, 1928 - Nov. 13, 2013
BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. — Philip Beardslee, 84, of Bonita Springs, a former businessman of Cassopolis, Mich., passed to his rest Nov. 13, 2013, at Joanne’s House at Hope Hospice in Bonita Springs after an illness.
He was born Dec. 13, 1928, in Cassopolis, the son of Richard and Vera (Kessler) Beardslee.
Phil grew up in Cassopolis, graduated from Cassopolis High School and attended Michigan State University.
On Jan. 5, 1950, in South Bend, Ind., he married Patricia McLaughlin; they were married for 55 years.
To this union three children were born, Billie Jean (Rick) Stephenson of Bonita Springs, John Beardslee and Sandy (Mike) Richmond of Fort Wayne, Ind. There are nine grandchildren, Michael Mack, Philip Mack, Christopher Stephenson, Douglas Stephenson, Andrew Beardslee, Charlene Beardslee, Jacqueline Wilhite, Alexander Richmond and Bradley Richmond; and 10 great-grandchildren, Caden Mack, Shelby Mack, Colin Mack, Emily Mack, Morgan Mack, Sadie Stephenson, Jackson Wilhite, Claire Wilhite, Makayla Richmond and Macy Richmond. Phil has one brother, Roger Beardslee of Cassopolis.
Phil was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Patricia, in August of 2005; his son, John, in January of 2012; and a grandson, Chase Richmond, in September of 2010.
Phil was a retired Ford dealer, having owned Hayden-Beardslee Ford in Cassopolis for 40 years. He was a board member of Southwestern Michigan College in Dowagiac, Mich., the First National Bank of Cassopolis and Woodlands Behavioral Health in Cassopolis. He was a life member of the Masons and a life member of the Dowagiac Elks Club. He was a member for more than 40 years at Orchard Hills Country Club in Buchanan, Mich., and a member at Bonita Bay Country Club in Florida.
Other than his family, Phil’s passion was golf, in which he achieved 13 holes-in-one. He also loved fishing, playing blackjack, watching college football and basketball, and the Michigan State Spartans.
A service of remembrance will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, at Cassopolis United Methodist Church, 209 S. Rowland St., Cassopolis. Friends may visit with the family from 11 a.m. until the 1 p.m. service time. Officiating will be the Rev. Chuck VanLente, former pastor of the church, now of Grand Rapids, Mich.
The family requests that memorial donations be made to Joanne’s House at Hope Hospice, 27200 Imperial Pkwy., Bonita Springs, FL 34135.
Arrangements are by Paul E. Mayhew Funeral Home, 26863 W. Main St., Edwardsburg, MI 49112-0024.