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Robert Arthur Beinema
Robert Arthur Beinema

Robert Arthur Beinema, age 90, of Monroe, Wisconsin died on October 4, 2021. He was born on December 12, 1930, in Monroe, Wisconsin, the son of Arthur W. and Ione A. (Robert) Beinema.

He graduated from Monroe High School in 1948 and attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison until he entered the United States Army in 1951. He served in the United States and Germany, and was awarded the National Defense Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, and the Army of Occupation Medal for Germany. During his army service he received a commendation as Soldier of the Week (in South Carolina), he graduated from Leadership School in Fort Bliss, Texas, and was a member of the 28th Division Swimming Team which participated in the 1952 European Swim Finals which were held in the former Olympic Pool in Berlin, Germany.

Following his army service, he received a BS Degree and a MS Degree from the University of Wisconsin at Platteville. He also attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison Law School for one year. In 1956 he was offered a position as a Criminal Investigator for the US Treasury Department.

He taught high school English at Orfordville High School (2 years), Harlem High School, Loves Park, Illinois (28 years), and subbed in Monroe for five years.

He was a Life Member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Also, he was a member of Phi Delta Kappa and Kappa Delta Pi Fraternities and the University of Wisconsin Platteville Alumni Association.

Painting was one of his many hobbies. He painted local scenes (Monroe) and sold many of these pictures. He received numerous awards for his work. He also enjoyed cars, poetry, playing euchre, and watching the Brewers.

He loved his family, his friends, teaching, and his hobbies.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Richard Bienema, sister Helen Knechtges, brother-in-law William Knechtges, and nieces Kay Knechtges, Heidi Lemke, and Linda Feger.

He is survived by nieces Debra Eisch, Laura Grove, Susan Kuster, Kristine Bienema, and Lisa Dempsey.

Memorial Services will be held Friday, October 8, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE FUNERAL HOME with Pastor Sarah Gabuyo officiating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery with Military Honors.

Visitation will be Friday, October 8, 2021 from 10:00 AM until the time of the service.

Condolences may be sent to the family at:

Two Roads diverged in a yellow wood, and sorry I

Could not travel both and be one traveler….

I took the one less traveled by and

That has made all of the difference.”

Robert Frost