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By The Mercury

Willis Boyd “Bud” Beckley, 74, of Manhattan, died Thursday at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan.

The family provided some of the following information.

He was born on Jan. 7, 1940, in Denver. He was the son of Willis Quinby and Leona (Burton) Beckley.  Bud moved to Plainville at an early age, where he spent his childhood, graduating from Plainville High School.

He attended barber school and soon went to work as a barber at Fort Riley.  He later opened Beckley Barbershop located in the Westloop Shopping Center in Manhattan.  In the 1970s he went into real estate, working for some local realtors prior to opening Beckley Realty. In the 1980s he moved on, eventually ending with the American Institute of Baking, where he worked in maintenance for a number of years and later became the front entrance receptionist prior to his retirement.

In addition to his working career he enjoyed woodworking, gardening and living in the country.

He was married to Sharon Kay Longren on May 28, 1995, in Webster, and she would precede him in death in 2006.  Bud was also preceded in death by both of his parents.

He is survived by his three children, Robert D. Beckley and his wife Becky of Manhattan; Danny L. Beckley of Olathe; and Sara J. Walker and her husband Garett of St. George.  He is also survived by his sister, Jean Eaves and her husband Bill of Plainville, and by four grandchildren.

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Elton Hunter officiating.  Cremation is planned.

There will be no formal visitation, however the family will receive friends prior to and following the service at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website located at

A memorial has been established for the KSU Foundation for the Johnson Cancer Research Center. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

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