Robert W.E. BeyersdorfIssue Date: December 2, 2020
Robert W.E. Beyersdorf (Sgt Major USMC Ret), 99, passed away Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020 at Aurora Bay Care after a week-long battle with COVID 19 pneumonia.
Born Jan. 12, 1921 in Menominee, Mi., to Leopold and Anna (Schmidt) Beyersdorf, he graduated from Menominee High School in 1939. In August of 1940, he enlisted in the United States Marines and completed recruit training in San Diego, Ca. He was assigned duty in Pango Pango, Samoa in February 1941. When World War II broke out, he returned to the United States and joined an outgoing unit. Upon return to the Pacific, he participated in combat landing and capture of The Mashall Islands and Iwo Jima as a member of the 4th Tank Battalion, 4th Marine Division.
After World War II, he served with the 2nd Tank Battalion at Camp Lejeune, N.C., followed by three years as a member of the Ceremonial Company Marine Barracks, Washington, DC. There he met his future wife, Margaret Porkorny. They married on April 16, 1948 and spent 58 years together until her passing in 2006.
He participated in the Korean War 1951-52 and Vietnam War 1967-68. He served at various posts and stations in the South Pacific and United States. In October 1968, he retired from the Marines and they returned to Menominee where he worked for the City Water Department for 10 years.
He was active socially and belonged to many organizations including the American Legion, VFW, DAV, Square Dance Club, Bowling Leagues, North Shore Golf Club and Airstream Travel Club.
In 1979, he retired from the Water Department and they became snowbirds, traveling to Florida in the fall with their trailer and visiting friends along the way. In Spring, they returned to their home in Menominee for the summer. An avid fisherman, while in the service, he fished the rivers, lakes and oceans near his base and then the Menominee River, Green Bay, Wisconsin and Florida in retirement.
In 1999, they retired full-time to Florida. When his wife passed in 2006, he became one of the first residents at Harbors Retirement in Menominee. He enjoyed many interests and lived life to the fullest.
He is survived by nephews, Tom (Betsy) and Joel Beyersdorf, both of Menominee and Janice (David) Jorgensen of Antigo and their families; a brother-in-law, Earl Ingram and his family and many cousins.
Besides his parents and his wife, Margaret, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Ralph and Russell and a nephew, Barry.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, Graveside Military Services will be held in Spring of 2021. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Menominee alongside his wife. Cadieu Funeral Home of Menominee is assisting the family.
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