Robert “Bob” Harold Beauprey, Jr., age 64, of Munising, died following a brief illness at Marquette General Hospital on Wednesday afternoon, June 13, 2012. He was born on March 19, 1948 in Munising to the late Mildred (Syers) and Robert H. Beauprey, Sr. Bob graduated from Wm. G. Mather High School in 1967. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served from March 19, 1968 until March 17, 1972. He then joined Air Force Reserves where Bob spent short term military duties in Thailand, Korea, Germany, and England. He then served in the Michigan Army National Guard as Commander of the 1171st Unit. Bob worked with troops throughout the U.P. until the unit disbanded in 1989. He then served on the Volunteer Defense Force where he was Executive Officer. Bob retired from the Army National Guard in as Major.
Bob had earned an Associates of Arts Degree from Bay de Noc College. He spent twenty-five years working as a City of Munising employee from 1973 until 1998. Bob went to work in the Water and Waste Waste Water Department. He soon became superintendent of the Department and then superintendent of the Department of Public Works. Bob also worked as Harbormaster, Director of Parks and Recreation, Safety supervisor, and finally as Acting City Manager. After his retirement, Bob served on the City Commission and also as the Mayor of Munising.
He was Life Member of the American Legion and he served in many capacities at the Legion. Bob was a Past Post Commander, Treasurer, Historian, member of the Honor Guard, and was recognized as a Past U.P. Veteran of the Year. Bob was a Life Member of the V.V.A., D.A.V and 107th Engineer Association. He was also a member of the V.F.W., National Guard Association, Munising Lions Club, Moose Lodge, and Grand Island Masonic Lodge. He spent many hours collecting funds for the Fourth of July fireworks and he volunteered for the D.H.S. food pantry. Bob loved cheering on the Green Bay Packers on Sundays, and he enjoyed and appreciated history, traveling, and photography.
He is survived by his brother - Dave Beaupry of Ocala, FL; sisters – Carol (Everett) Parkkila of Algonac, MI and Linda (James) Kypers of Goodyear, AZ; and nieces and nephews – Jennifer, Everett, Jr., Robert, Heather, James, and Chad. Bob was preceded in death by his parents.
Graveside services will be held at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Munising on Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. where the American Legion and Vietnam Veterans Honor Guards will conduct military honors. There will be a fellowship gathering at the Legion following the Veteran’s service. Memorials in memory of Bob are requested to be made to the American Legion Post #131.