MOUNT VERNON — Master Sergeant Robert Earl Beach, U.S. Army retired, 92, of Mount Vernon, passed away unexpectedly Jan. 1, 2014, in Tampa, Fla.
He was born April 23, 1921, in Mount Vernon, and was the son of the late Earl and Anna Olga (DeBolt) Beach. He graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1939.
Bob served in World War II in the China, Burma, India theater with Merrill’s Mauraders, the Army’s original Ranger unit. He was awarded the Bronze Star for valor and received the Purple Heart for injuries sustained during combat. His army career spanned from 1941 to 1961 when he retired. He worked at the Mount Vernon State Hospital and was the supervisor of New Hope Industries’ workshop until 1981.
He is survived by his sister, Ruth (Arthur) Jockisch; sons, Robert B. (Mitzi) Beach of Wichita, Kan., and Thomas H. (Lori) Beach of Mount Vernon; granddaughter, Kara M. (Chad) Gillam of Arvada, Colo.; grandsons, Mark R. (Becky) of Houston, Texas, Brian J. (Katie) of Genesee, Colo., and Eric C. (Amanda) of Worthington; nine great-granddaughters and two great-grandsons; and his feline companion of three years, Stripes.
Bob was preceded in death by his wife Mary “Arlene” Beach in 2010; and an infant son, Daniel, in 1948.
He has been a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ for over 50 years. He loved to travel, camp, fish, carve wooden objects and reliefs, and spend time with his family. For the last 32 years, he and his late wife wintered at MacDill AFB in Tampa, Fla., with other military retirees, and was with his friends there when he passed away.
Friends may call Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, with a memorial service to begin at 1 p.m., with Pastor Scott Elliott officiating. A light reception will follow the service. The Dilley-Lasater Funeral Homes are handling the funeral arrangements for the Beach family.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Honor Flight of Columbus, P.O. Box 12036, Columbus, OH 43212 in memory of Master Sergeant Robert E. Beach.
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