ObituaryKenneth Richard (Dick) Beauchamp, age 90, a resident of Tulsa, Oklahoma, passed from this life on Wednesday, November 15, 2023. He was born March 7, 1933, to Kelsie Corn Beauchamp and Nora Dessie Beauchamp (Maloney) in Bethel, Oklahoma. He is survived by his beloved wife of 68 years, Martha Guinn Beauchamp, daughters Linda Fraley (Rick Fraley), Nancy Coggins (Curt Coggins), and Susan Poplin (Bob Poplin), grandchildren Brooke Macko (Mike), Blake Fraley (Natalie), Beau Fraley, (MaryAshton), Ken Coggins, (Haleigh), Tanner Coggins, Andy Poplin (Tricia), Anna Eaton (Blake), and great-grandchildren Coleman Macko, Audrey Fraley, Reagan Fraley, Kennedy Fraley, Reece Coggins, Blythe Coggins, Addisyn Poplin, and Wyatt Poplin. Richard is preceded in death by his parents, his brothers and sisters, and his great granddaughter Madilyn Leigh Eaton.
Dick graduated high school from Wayne High School in Wayne, Oklahoma and received his BS degree from East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. While there, he began his sales career at Black’s men’s clothing store. That experience in sales led him to a 20 year career with John Hancock Life Insurance and then another 20 years as an independent agent.
Dick loved his family and he also loved Lake Tenkiller. He and Martha had a place on Tenkiller for over 30 years and were there almost every weekend. He loved to take his kids and grandkids out in the boat and sometimes even let them drive!
As much as he loved the lake, when his grand children began to play sports, that became his favorite pastime and he and Martha were at every grandchild’s game that was physically possible. Many Saturdays he would attend 2 or 3 games. He always liked to keep score, especially for baseball and basketball games (probably because he didn’t trust the other scorekeepers)! He was always courteous to the referees and umpires no matter what call they made. Well, maybe not always!
He was proud of his 3 sons-in-law and was a great mentor to each of them in special ways. No guy could ask for a better father-in-law.
He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and friend and always was the first to help anyone who needed it. He will forever be our “Papa” and “Mr. B” and the beautiful family legacy that he began will always be a testament to his quiet faith and loving example.
The family would like to thank Trinity Woods and Compassus Hospice for their excellent care, and attention during these past few weeks. A private graveside service will be held on Saturday, November 18.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to one of the following:
Trinity Woods Employee Appreciation Fund
4134 E. 31st Street
Tulsa, OK 74135
First United Methodist Church of Gore Oklahoma Food Pantry
E. 4th Street & Winn Street
Gore, OK 74436
Greater Tenkiller Area Association - Kenyatta Wright, Executive Director
P.O. Box 339
Vian, OK 74962