ERIE — Robert T. “Bob” Beachner, 84, a longtime farmer, stockman and retired partner of Beachner Construction, passed away at 6:13 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, at his home in Erie.
He was born on Dec. 21, 1934, in rural St. Paul to Frederick M. and Anna B. (Brazil) Beachner. He grew up in rural St. Paul. He attended Lone Elm Country School and graduated from St. Paul High School in 1952.
Bob was active in farming and livestock all of his life. In 1956, he and his brothers established Beachner Brothers Construction Co. One of their first projects was building the fencing around Lake Parsons. As the company grew, they began projects that focused on highway seeding and roadside park improvements. Later they did road and bridge construction as well as owning and operating grain and seed businesses.
He was a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Erie and the Knights of Columbus. In addition, he was a member of the Associated General Contractors of America and the Kansas Contractors Association, both since 1969. He also belonged to the Associated Oklahoma General Contractors. Bob was a charter board member of the Prairie Mission Retirement Village, which was involved in planning for the construction of the nursing home.
Bob enjoyed traveling internationally and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He married Emma Brooks on Feb. 28, 1957, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in South Mound. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include four sons, Robert D. Beachner and his wife, Patty, of St. Paul, Randy E. Beachner and his wife, Debra, of Erie, Stanley G. Beachner and his wife, Kelly, of Galesburg and Terry A. Beachner and his wife, Angie, of rural Erie; two daughters, Deborah Mattox and her husband, Steve, of St. Paul and Rebecca S. Beachner of the home; 22 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jerry Beachner and his wife, Janey, of St. Paul and Eugene “Corky” Beachner and his wife, Alice, of Parsons; a sister, Jane Anne Beachner of St. Paul; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, infant James in 1938 and Bill in 2001; and a granddaughter, Stacie Beachner, in 2018.
The funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Francis Catholic Church in St. Paul. Burial will follow at St. Francis Cemetery in St. Paul.
The rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Friday at St. Francis Catholic Church. The family will receive friends after the rosary. Friends may call at the church after noon Friday.
The family suggests memorials to either St. Ambrose Catholic Church or to Horizon Hospice. These may be dropped off or mailed to the Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, KS, 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.