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Well known Wayne City resident, Robert C. Beehn, died at 5:35 p.m. February 3, 2017, at Mount Vernon Countryside Manor in Mount Vernon, Illinois.

Bob was born on January 23, 1922 in Bloomington, Illinois to John and Alice (Miller) Beehn. He married Bette (Fishel) Beehn on March 29, 1944, and she preceded him in death in 1987. He later married Jean (Keele) Beehn who also preceded him in death.

Before his retirement in 1987, Bob was manager of Southern Illinois Lumber Company in Wayne City for over 40 years. He later came out of retirement and worked at the lumber company until he was 92 years old.

Bob was very active in his community. He was a member of the Wayne City First United Methodist Church and held various leadership positions in the church. He also served as a Boy Scout leader, was on the school board and the town board, and was a member of the Masonic Lodge and American Legion. He also served on the board of directors for the Wayne City First National Bank and Southern Illinois Lumber Company. He was a charter member of the Wayne City Ruritan Club and was named Ruritan of the Year.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, Bob served his country proudly during World War II from February, 1943 to December, 1945. He was in the 103rd Infantry Division and served in France, Germany and Austria.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, February 6, at the First United Methodist Church in Wayne City. Rev. Elton Storey will officiate. Visitation will be held from 9:30 until the time of service. Burial services with military rites will be at 2 p.m. at the Moravian Cemetery in West Salem, Illinois.

Bob is survived by two sons; Michael (Judy) Beehn of Bluford and David (Cherita) Beehn of Wayne City; daughter Margaret (James) Smith of Wayne City; step-daughter Kathy (Keele) McKinney and family of Irvington; grandsons Michael (Hayley) Beehn of Arrington, Tennessee, Christopher (Paula) Beehn of Wayne City, Andrew (Elizabeth) Smith of Salem; granddaughters Melanie (Andrew) Gary of Lake St. Louis, Missouri and Carrie (Ryan) Tucker of Wayne City; thirteen great grandchildren, sisters-in-law Satira Beehn of Kountze, Texas and Denise Beehn of Cisne; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents; brothers Everett Beehn, Johnny Beehn, and Jerry Beehn; and step-son John Keele.

Memorials may be made to the Wayne City First United Methodist Church and will be accepted by the Richardson Funeral Home in Wayne City.
Published on February 6, 2017
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