Frank L. Beebe, a longtime resident of Absorakee, Mont., passed away July 26, 2017, in Columbus, Mont. Frank was born to George J. and Jean Beebe on Sept. 15, 1943, in Muskegon, Mich. Frank spent his childhood in Muskegon, and after his school years he joined the United States Air Force.
Frank worked in Arizona after his discharge from the Air Force where he met and later married Yvonne (Butcher) Beebe. Frank worked in heavy construction as a carpenter/welder and rigger at several dams on the Columbia River in Washington State and major irrigation projects in central Washington and Arizona. Frank was a member of the Carpenter’s Union in Eastern Washington.
In the mid-80s, Frank and Yvonne moved to Absarokee, Mont., where Frank was employed by the Stillwater Platinum Mine in Nye, Mont.
In the early 90s, Frank and Yvonne relocated to Imlay, Nev., where Frank was employed at Florida Canyon mine. During their time in Nevada, Frank was also employed by Small Mine Development (SMD) and TIC construction.
Frank enjoyed taking rides into the desert, mountains or the forest. In his earlier years enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting with his sons. Frank also enjoyed entering pool tournaments and drinking beer.
Thank you for being our stepfather and being part of our lives, Frank. We love you and will miss you.
Frank is survived by his four stepsons, John L. Butcher (Maxine) of Winnemucca, Nev.; Jerry Butcher (Trudy) of Downey, Calif.; James Butcher of Richland, Wash.; and Jeffery Butcher (Glennis) of Grand Coulee, Wash.
Also, survivors include children from his first marriage Frank Beebe, Jr. and Sherrie Blackston of Michigan; sisters Karen (David) Brinkley of Absarokee, Mont., Dorene Beebe, Jackie (Victor) Gonzalez, and Ginger (Don) Beckwith; and brothers Dennis (Cindy) Beebe and Bruce Beebe of Michigan. Frank is also survived by five grandchildren from his first family and three step-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren from his marriage to Yvonne. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Frank was preceded in death by his wife Yvonne Beebe; father George Beebe and stepmother Bert; stepfather Dale Zufelt and mother Jean; brother George Beebe, Jr.; and sister Geraldine (Gerry) and husband David Block.
Private interment was at Rosebud Cemetery in Absorakee where he was laid to rest with his beloved wife Yvonne.