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Robert ‘Sarge’ Beach Lenox

Published: Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 9:37 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 10:39 a.m. CDT

Robert L. “Sarge” Beach Jr., 82, of Lenox died Oct. 9, 2013, at Greater Regional Hospice Home in Creston.

No local services are planned. Interment will be in Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter at a later date. Pearson Family Funeral Service, 809 W. Montgomery St., Creston, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.pearsonfuneralhomes.com.

Robert Leroy Beach Jr., son of Avis (Clemence) and Robert Leroy Beach, was born July 3, 1931, in Springfield, Mass.

In 1953, Robert married Zada Y’ola Taylor. She died June 8, 1994.

On June 3, 1995, Robert married Mariellen Gardner. Mariellen died Nov. 14, 2007.

Robert lived in Fort Worth, Granbury and Decatur, Texas, before moving to Lenox in 2002.

Robert served in the United States Air Force for 22 years during both the Korean and Vietnam conflicts and retired in 1971.

After his discharge from the Air Force, Robert worked for a telephone company in Texas, retiring in 1993, after 20 years.

Robert was a member of the Air Force Sergeants Association and American Legion Parkinson Post No. 250 in Lenox.

Robert is survived by his sister Shirley Siep of Massachusetts and her three children; stepdaughters, Nancy West (and partner Pete Davidson) of Lenox, Dona (Dennis) Jenkins of Knoxville, Connie (Mel) Huyser of Elwood, Neb., and Carolyn (Jim) Barnes of Boise, Idaho; stepson Mark (Sandi) Reyner of Lenox, 10 step-grandchildren, eight step-great-grandchildren; and nieces, Suzie and Sally Taylor of Fresno, Calif.

In addition to his wives, Robert was preceded in death by his parents.

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