Robert Beckemeyer, age 87 of Carlyle, passed away on Wednesday, September 7, 2016, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.
Mr. Beckemeyer was born on January 15, 1929, in Wheatfield Township in Clinton County, Illinois, a son of Fred and Amanda (Steffens) Beckemeyer. He married Wilma Junker on February 9, 1957, and she preceded him in death on November 19, 2000.
Robert is survived by his children – Brenda Schomaker and husband Tiny of Carlyle, Nancy Withinton and husband Jerry of Festus, Missouri, Don Beckemeyer and wife Joyce of Carlyle, and Gary Beckemeyer and wife Nancy of Carlyle; 8 grandchildren – Stephen Schomaker, Matthew Schomaker, Kim Brendel and husband Ryan, Tricia Singler and husband Ryan, Cally Beckemeyer, Brandon Beckemeyer and wife Rachael, Brent Beckemeyer, and Katelyn Beckemeyer; 4 great grandchildren – Isabella and Addison Singler, Connor Brendel, and Brynn Schomaker; and 2 sisters-in-law – JoAgnes Beckemeyer and Ruby Beckemeyer, both of Carlyle.
Mr. Beckemeyer was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Wilma, and his siblings – Herbert Beckemeyer and wife Ruth, Clinton Beckemeyer and wife Mary Ann, Calvin Beckemeyer and wife Marilyn, Alvin Beckemeyer, Loretta Dorries and husband Elmer “Bud”, and Wayne Beckemeyer.
Robert was a grain and dairy farmer and he loved to collect antique farm equipment. He was a member of the Southern Illinois Antique Power Club and also a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Mr. Beckemeyer gave 27 years of leadership and service to the Wheatfield Fire Protection District as a fireman, officer and trustee. He was a member of Immanuel United Church of Christ in Carlyle.
A Funeral service will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, September 10, 2016, at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Carlyle, with Rev. Ken Schafer, officiating. Interment will follow at Yingst Cemetery near Carlyle. Visitation will be held at Zieren Funeral Home on Friday, September 9, from 4:00 – 8:00 P.M. and at Immanuel United Church of Christ on Saturday from 8:00 – 10:00 A.M.
Expressions of sympathy in memory of Mr. Beckemeyer are suggested to Immanuel United Church of Christ or to the Wheatfield Township Fire Protection District and will be received at Zieren Funeral Home.