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Robert Beehler

July 18, 1922 ~ December 17, 2017

Service: January 19, 2018 10 A.M.
   Location: Christ The King Lutheran Church

Robert W. “Bobb” Beehler left this life on Sunday, December 17, 2017.  This gentle man was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on July 18, 1922.

He spent his early life racing outboard motorboats on the lakes of Minnesota with his elder brother, Bill. Together, their exploits were often written up in the Minneapolis newspaper, where they earned a reputation as the “Beehler Boys.” 

With the advent of WWII, Bobb volunteered as a Naval Aviator and subsequently earned the rank of Lieutenant JG. Stationed at Jacksonville, Florida, he trained pilots of the amphibious PBY, and discovered that he loved flying more than almost anything else, except for his new wife, Helen, whom he married in 1944.  After the war, in the early 1950’s, and after spending several years in the outboard motor business in Minneapolis, he moved his family, now including young sons, Dennis and Michael, to Southern California, where he first settled in Sierra Madre before finally moving, in the early 1960’s, to Costa Mesa, where he spent most of the rest of his life.

He was active in Grace Lutheran Church in Anaheim where, with Helen, he established a youth choir that both allowed him to exercise another of his passions—choral singing—and to have a significant and continuing influence on many young people, some of whom still cite Bobb as a key figure in their lives. He continued to work in the marine industry until retirement, during which he and Helen traveled the country in increasingly-large RVs.  He loved driving, and loved these adventures, but after Helen passed in 2004 after a lengthy illness, he followed Michael and, later Dennis, and moved to Bozeman, becoming a beloved member of the Bridger Creek community and of Christ the King Lutheran Church. 

A self-effacing and quiet man who was always eager to help others; a man who remained dedicated to his beloved wife during her long decline; a man who never put himself before others; a man who worked with his hands and believed he could fix anything mechanical: Bobb was loved by many and will be missed and remembered by even more.

He is survived by his sons, Dennis and Michael; daughters-in-law, Paula and Sharon; grandsons, Christopher and Matthew; granddaughter-in-law, Jayne; great-granddaughter, Emily; and great-grandson, Tyler.

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