ROUNDUP, MONT. - Robert "Bob/Beez" Beesley, 60, of Roundup Mont. died Jan. 26, 2014 in McLeansboro, Ill. He was born on Feb. 19, 1953 in Salt Lake City, the son of Richard and Geneve (Hickenlooper) Beesley. He grew up in Santa Cruz, Calif. and graduated from high school in Kanab. Bob joined the Army and was stationed, very proudly, as a cook in Germany during the Vietnam War. He was an expert marksman and was honorably discharged in 1972.
He met the love of his life, Wendy Despain, and they were united in marriage May 4, 1974 in Prescott, Ariz. He was employed with U.S. Motors as a machinist. In 1977 they moved to Price where he worked for 23 years for Plateau Mining Co. He worked for San Juan Coal in Farmington, N.M. and then spent a year for Broadmeadow in Queensland, Australia. They moved to Roundup in 2008 and he helped set up the Signal Peak Energy Mine. He then worked in New South Wales, Australia for another year. He was recently working for White Oak Resources in McLeansboro, Ill. He was very proud to be a coal miner.
Bob's hobbies included, spending time with his family, cooking, camping, and horses. Most importantly, he enjoyed spoiling his grandchildren. He was a member of the LDS Church.
Bob is survived by his wife, Wendy; children, Richard F. (Adele) Beesley of Stansbury Park, Meri N. (Dennis) Conroy of Bozeman/Belgrade, Mont., Holly M. (Leslie) Davenport of Rapid City, S.D., Ryan S. (Carly) Beesley of Huntley, Mont.; brother, Russell (Laurel), sister Elizabeth (James) Good; brothers John (Jill), Mark (Joyce), Bruke (Nancy), 15 grandchildren; numerous uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Kathrine Beesley and Karine Beesley. Everyone who knew Bob will remember him as being warm hearted, generous and loving.
Funeral Services will be 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31 at the LDS Stake Center on Wicks Lane in Billings. Interment will be in the Roundup Cemetery with military honors. Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel and memories may be shared with the family at www.dahlfuneralchapel.com.