Michael Dean Beale

Michael Dean Beale, 56, of Meriden, died Aug. 28, 2021, at Stormont Vail in Topeka.

Mike was born Sept. 22, 1964, at Sabetha Community Hospital to Donald L. Beale and Donna R. Beale.

Mike graduated from Sabetha High school in 1983. He had a great aptitude for science, math and computers, and was always for a political debate. In his early days, he drove a red 1968 Chevelle.

He worked for Koch Truck Line as a diesel mechanic for a time. His last job was with the state of Kansas Department of Transportation as an ET Senior/FWD operator for 20 years. He started out working as a temp and worked with his brother, Steve, on the bridge crew. Then, Mike was transferred to a different department, because they wouldn’t let brothers to work on the same job, because Steve was a supervisor.

Michael lived in Topeka most of his adult life, but three years ago he bought a home in Meriden where he lived until his death.

Mike had a love of motorcycles. He had a yellow Harley and called it “Goldie.” He learned how to work on cars at an early age from his father.

Mike always loved cats. He had several over the years.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Donna Beale; Everett and Reta Thomas/Schimmels; Leroy and Isabel Beale; and Orville Thomas.

Mike is survived by sisters, Linda (Leroy) Swogger and Debra (Chuck) Sjulin, of Sabetha; brother, Steve (Georgee) of Topeka and Steve’s twin, Bonnie (Ronnie) Cope of Mericopa, Ariz.; Randy (Molly) of Smithville, Mo.; six nieces; 11 nephews; uncle, Bill Thomas of Topeka; and aunt, Floey Thomas of Sabetha.

Mike was cremated. Visitation will be at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, at First Lutheran Church – 311 Cedar street in Sabetha. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be at the Sabetha cemetery following the service. A meal will follow in the church basement. Memorials can be sent to Topeka Community Cat Fix, 2955 SW Westport Drive #114, Topeka KS, 66614.

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