SMITHVILLE, Mo. Marion P. Beeler, 90, Smithville, retired Chief of Police passed away Thursday, December 14, 2017, at St. Lukes Hospital.

Chief Beeler was born in Savannah, Missouri March 7, 1927, to S. J. and Ethel M. Beeler who passed (1963-1966). He graduated from Savannah High School.

He was a 42 year Veteran serving Law Enforcement as Chief of Police in Raytown for 30 years and one of the original members of the now Jackson County Sheriffs Patrol under Col. B. Marvin Castel. He also served as a Deputy Sheriff in Clay and Stone County.

The Chief is a Veteran of World War II and Korea. He served in the E.T.O. France, Germany, Belgium, Bastogne and Austria. During the Korean Conflict he served as a Senior Instructor Military Police, Fort Sheridan, Illinois.

He received his military training with the 101st Air Borne Division, Fort Bening Georgia and Camp Hood Texas. In 1945, he was assigned to U.S.F.A. (United States Forces in Austria), his unit received the Purple Heart Unit Citation. He was promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant.

After an honorable discharge, he continued to serve as a Reserve Officer until 1955.

The Chief has a B.S. Degree from Florida State University and a B.A. Degree C.M.S.U. He served as guest lecturer and instructor C.M.S.U., Missouri University of Columbia, South West Missouri State, Oklahoma State University and Sam Houston State University. He also was an instructor at the Missouri State Highway Patrol Academy, Jefferson City, Missouri, teaching all phases of Criminal Justice and Police Administration.

The Chief is a graduate of the Kansas City Missouri Police Academy, the F.B.I. Academy, Washington D.C., the Northwestern Traffic Institute, Evanston, Illinois. He was a member of Law Enforcement Chapter ALPHA LAMBDA EPSILON.

He was one of the original instructors of the Metropolitan Major Case Squad founded by Chief C.M. Kelly and served on the Board of Directors of the Squad. Chief instructed 15 years for the F.B.I. setting up rural and major case squads throughout the Midwest.

He was sectarytreasurer for the F.B.I. Academy Graduated (Western Missouri and Kansas) for 20 years. Chief was the recipient of the Missouri Peace Officers Outstanding Police Officer Award in the state of Missouri in 1964. He is also past president and life member of the M.P.O.A. He received the Legion of Honor Award from Raytown DeMolay, for his effort to help establish Raytowns DeMolay. He was a 50 year member of Raytown Masonic Lodge 391, Member 32 degree Scottish Rite, member of the V.F.W. and American Legion for 62 years.

He was Chairman of the Governors Traffic Safety Board for 10 years, Member of the Law Enforcement Assistance Council for 15 years, past president of the State Criminal Alliance Association, Co-Chairman of the National Center Criminal Justice program committee at Central Missouri State University and was a member of International Academy of Criminology.

The Chief also served as Director of Emergency services for Raytown Director Liquor Control, Raytown Board Chamber of Commerce, President Brooking Township Democrat Chapter B.

Chief was preceded in death by his parents; and grandson, Daniel David Beeler.

He leaves behind his wife and High School sweetheart of 69 years, Leanna; daughter, Dixie Lea Bishop (Jim), OFallon, Missouri; son, David M. Beeler (Alicia), Belton, Missouri; grandchildren, Darla Bishop, Quillman (Bill), Melissa Bishop Mattaline (Cory), Michelle Beeler; great-grandson, William Quillman, Alexander Bishop, Brendan Mattaline, Braydon D. Beeler; great-granddaughter, Calissa Mattaline; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Natural Farewell under the direction of Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory.

Private Memorial Services will be held at a later date.

Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com As published in the St. Joseph News-Press.