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Mr. Robert Lee Beechler, age 67, of rural Sheridan, passed away Friday afternoon, April 1, 2011 in the emergency room of Spectrum Health-United Hospital in Greenville.

The son of Floyd & Ena (Brown) Beechler, he was born on July 2, 1943 in Carson City. On August 2, 1974, in Greenville, he married Marjorie Irene Sipperley.

Bob retired from the former Gibson Refrigerator Company where he worked as a repairman and was a member of UAW Local 137. In his younger days he enjoyed league bowling, playing softball, hunting, and especially fishing. A skilled woodworker, he also enjoyed cutting wood, playing cards, and an occasional trip to the casino.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Fred Beechler and Gerald Beechler; two sisters-in-law, Virginia Beechler and Margaret Beechler; a brother-in-law, Richard Blackrick; a nephew, Donald Beechler; and his mother-in-law, Ava Sipperley.

Surviving are his wife of 36 years, Marjorie Beechler of Sheridan; a brother, Bruce Beechler of Alma; a sister, Yolando Blackrick of Florida; his nieces and nephews, Bonnie, Cindy, DeDe, LeAnn, Christopher, Craig, Charles, Kenneth, Mark, Steven, and Kevin; his father-in-law, Norris J. Sipperley of Greenville; a sister-in-law, Jackie & Roger Copeland of Greenville; Marjories nephews, Rick Copeland, and Kenneth & Judy Copeland; grand nephew and nieces, Christopher, Mykalia, and Kendra; and his card playing buddys and many other special friends.

Visitation is Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Christiansen Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, where private funeral services will be held on Wednesday. The Rev. Tom Turner, pastor of Jesus Non-Denominational Church will officiate and burial will follow at Rest Haven Memory Gardens, Belding.

Envelopes for memorial contributions to the National Marfan Syndrome Foundation will be available at the funeral home. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Bobs online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:


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  1. Anonymous on April 1, 2011 at 12:00 am


    04/06/2011 –


    So sorry to hear about Bob. I worked with him at Electrolux for years. He was a big old teddy bear that called all of us “kid” and we all called him “Dad” even recently when I ran into him. You are in my thoughts.

    04/05/2011 –

    glenda wing

    Marge So shocked to hear about Bob’s passing. Gale and I are on vacation and won’t be able to attend. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. With sincere sympathy. May god bless Sincerely Glenda Wing

    04/02/2011 –

    Tom and Alice Lanning

    Marge, We are so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Bob was a great person and will be sadly missed.

    Jackie Gable

    Will certainly miss him, worked on evaporator line with him 1969, then later in Audit room where he repaired the units I tore apart, many laughs and good times, he brought fire wood to my house when asked, he recently gave me magnets from gaskets he had for me to craft many ref. magnets. he was a great friend,with a good heart, and will be remembered Dearly.

    John & Leslie Anne Wood

    Marge, We are so sorry to hear this news about Bob. He was always a good guy. I always thought he reminded me of Mr. Edwards on the Little House on the Prairie series. Even though he acted rough and grough, he was a real teddy bear underneath. Praying for you!

    Tom and Dee Cramer

    Marge, We are so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He was a very special friend and will be remembered fondly and greatly missed. Our hearts are broken that we are out of town and won’t be there to say goodbye. Peace and Love to the family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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