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Gordon Elias "Chip" Beegle


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Gordon Elias "Chip" Beegle Obituary
GORDON "CHIP" ELIAS BEEGLE Age 87, left this world on April 12, 2016. His wife Anne of 64 years predeceased him on August 27, 2015. He was the beloved father of five children: John (Pam) of Crestline, CA; Barbara Caouette (Norman) of Prescott, AZ; Robert (Lori) of Beaumont, CA; Fred (Judith) of Riverside, CA; Paul (Francis) of Prescott, AZ; and grandson Jason Beegle (Nikki) of Sugarloaf, CA. There are seven grandchildren besides Jason: Aleshia Smith (Aaron); Nannette Anders (Anthony), Brett, Jeanette Claire (Eddie), Michael, Ciara and Kelly; and there are nine great-grandchildren. Chip was born July 2, 1928, at Squires Corner, Warren County, New Jersey, and was an airman in the U.S. Navy from 1946 to 1948, having served on the USS Randolph and the USS Kearsarge aircraft carriers. He worked as a brick mason (bricklayer) for many years including with his big brother Bill as the "Beegle Bros. Construction" Company from 1951 to 1962 in New Jersey. Chip grew up with two brothers and four sisters, three of whom remain: William "Bill" Beegle (Betty) of Blairstown, NJ; Robert "Bob" (Audrey) Beegle of Port Orange, FL; and Ellen "Honey" Costa, of Cape Coral, FL. Chip and Anne moved to Riverside, CA, in December 1962 where he worked as a brick mason until 1993, including many years with Kretschmar and Smith (K&S). The family lived in the same house built in 1904 for over 50 years. Chip enjoyed many hobbies over the years: playing basketball, ice skating, bowling, boxing, bicycling, cooking, traveling and playing games with family and friends. He especially enjoyed many outdoor activities with his sons and friends: hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, and watching NASCAR racing. He loved assisting his children and friends with home improvements, particularly bricklaying. He shared his love of life with his children. He will be remembered for his creativity, work ethic, and his love of nature and the great outdoors. His spontaneous joy of life and sense of humor made him a pleasure to be with and he was everyone's friend.
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Published in Press-Enterprise on May 5, 2016
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