February 13, 2013
Robert W. "Tubby" Beecroft, 77, of Englewood, Frackville, died Wednesday at Schuylkill Medical Center-East Norwegian Street, Pottsville.
Born in Butler Township, he was raised by his grandparents, Robert and Ethel Beecroft.
He had been employed as a crane operator for Empire Steel Co., Reading, until his retirement.
He was a graduate of the former Butler Township High School, Class of 1953.
He was a veteran serving in the Navy aboard the USS Columbus.
He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Frackville, past president of Frackville Little League and a former head coach of the Frackville Teener League. Tubby was very active, for several years, with numerous Frackville youth organizations, serving as a coach, umpire and offering his support wherever needed.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 39 years, the former Marlene J. "Mellott" Beecroft, in 2007; his grandparents, Robert and Ethel Beecroft; and his aunt and uncle, Michael and Clara Barron.
He is survived by his three sons, Michael and his wife, Kimberly Beecroft, Tampa Bay, Fla., Craig and his wife, Lauren Beecroft, Lake Wynonah, and Doug Beecroft, Englewood, Frackville; his grandchildren, Brady Beecroft, Avrie Brode, Ariona and Chase Conville and Bethany Hollenbush; a brother, Raymond Beecroft; and several cousins.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday from Zion Lutheran Church, Frackville, with the Rev. Oliver Brown, pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Annunciation Cemetery, Englewood, Frackville. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home, Frackville, and from 10 a.m. until the time of service Tuesday at the church.
The family prefers contributions in Robert's name be made to the Restoration Fund of Zion Lutheran Church, Oak and Frack streets, Frackville, PA 17931.