Robert “Bob/Beez” Beesley, 60, a coal miner who moved to Roundup in 2008 to help set up the Signal Peak Energy Mine, died Jan. 26, 2014, in McLeansboro, Ill.
He was born Feb. 19, 1953, in Salt Lake City, Utah, the son of Richard and Geneve (Hickenlooper) Beesley. He grew up in Santa Cruz, Calif., and graduated from high school in Kanab, Utah.
Mr. Beesley was a cook for the Army in Germany during the Vietnam War. He was an expert marksman and was honorably discharged in 1972.
He married Wendy Despain on May 4, 1974, in Prescott, Ariz., and he worked with U.S. Motors as a machinist. In 1977 they moved to Price, Utah, 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 australia.
They moved to Roundup in 2008. He worked in Australia for another year and had recently been working for White Oak Resources in McLeansboro, Ill.
He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Survivors include his wife, Wendy; children, Richard F. Beesley of Stansbury Park, Utah, Meri N. Conroy of Bozeman and Belgrade, Holly M. Davenport of Rapid City, S.D., and Ryan S. Beesley of Huntley; a brother, Russell; a sister, Elizabeth Good; brothers, John, Mark and Bruke; and 15 grandchildren.
Viewing and services were Jan. 31 at the LDS Stake Center on Wicks Lane in Billings. Interment was in Roundup Cemetery with military honors. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.