Rev. Joseph T. Beckley

Memorial services for the Rev. Joseph T. Beckley, 65, will be Saturday, January 21st at 11 am at Trinity Episcopal Church, with the Rev. Rob Baldwin officiating. Rev. Beckley died Friday, December 30, 2016, at his home, following a long battle with ALS.

He was born Nov. 27, 1951, in Ft, Wayne, Ind., the son of Joseph T. Sr. and Nancy Naïve Beckley. He graduated from high school in Stow, Ohio, and attended Taylor University (Ind.). He earned his Master’s in Divinity from Ashland Theological Seminary in Ohio. Rev. Beckley served Christian and Missionary Alliance churches in Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Connecticut, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania. He enjoyed reading, writing stories and poetry, camping, music, and friends and family.

He married Debora K. Hazlett on June 16, 1979, in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Aaron Beckley and wife Sarah, Pittsburgh, Penn.; a daughter, Rachel Schwaller and husband Robert, Lawrence; a grandson, Joseph ‘Fritz’ Schwaller, Lawrence; and a brother, Charles Beckley and wife Kerry, Missoula, Mont.

The family suggests memorial contributions to ALS Research at