Bob proudly served his country as a technical sergeant, a medic in the 121st Medical Battalion, American Division in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He participated in the Guadalcanal and Bougainville Campaigns. He was a lifelong active member of St. James Church, serving on the Vestry as well as many other committees. He was very active in scouting for 74 years. He was the scoutmaster of Troop 24-St. James for 50 years. Later he was the committee chairman. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, received the Silver Beaver award and Wood Badge. Bob graduated from Bethel High School. He was a rural letter carrier in New Fairfield. He worked with the State Police Auxiliary for 25 years, was a Connecticut state forest fire warden for 49 years, and was a Red Cross first aid instructor for 13 years. He was the recipient of The Old Timers Community Service Award.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Marolyn Clark Beschle; a sister, Lillian Ellis; his children Tom and Diane Beschle, of Clayton, N.Y., Carolyn and Bob Flynn, of New Fairfield, and Jim and Deidra, of Bethel; and grandchildren Scan and Jason Flynn, of Danbury, Bethanie Fagerquist, of Texas, Sara and Adam Beschle and Joshua Peck, of Bethel.
He was preceded in death by his brothers Frank Jr. and Richard Beschle, and a granddaughter, Danielle Beschle.
There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held February 25, 2006, at 11 a.m. at St. James' Episcopal Church in Danbury. A reception will follow in Luckenbill Hall.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Troop 24 Boy Scouts of America Campership fund, c/o St. James Church, 25 West St., Danbury, The Book of the Living at St. James Church or the Red Cross, 2 Terrace Place, Danbury.