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Obituary: Bob Beimdick, Elizabethtown, KY (1944-2011)

Mr. Beimdick is well remembered by visitors to The Bookstore in Horse Cave, KY, where, he worked following his retirement after 30 years as a teacher in Hardin Co., KY. He was a graduate of Western Kentucky University, a veteran of the Vietnam War era; a writer, whose work included the script for the Downtown Walking Tour in E-town; an editor, actor, and activist for the arts, and above all, an unforgettable personality and remarkable wit, The Bookstore's in Horse Cave's resident master of repartee'
Click on headline for complete obituary, with photo(s) and remembrances of Bob Beimdick from Rob Stout (Another Angle), Michael Forsythe, Kenneth Rambo, Steven Self, Marilyn Spencer Spaulding, Becky Spencer Stewart, Louatha Banks Cheese, Bette Lacey McKoy, Scott Chandler, John Paul Descotaux, Nancy Franklin Owlsey, Todd Gatliff, Rachael manning-Bird, Peggy Bybee, Rober Stone, and Rebecca Susan Odell.

Bob Beimdick, 66, Elizabethtown, KY, a fixture at The Bookstore in Horse Cave, KY, died Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at Hardin Memorial Hospital, Elizabethtown, KY.

The funeral is at 10amET, Saturday, February 5, 2011, at St. James Catholic Church, 307 West Dixie AV (MAP), Elizabethtown, KY,with the Rev. Chuck Walker officiating. Burial will be in St. James Cemetery.Visitation is from 4:30 to 8:00pmET Friday and continues at 9amET Saturday at Brown Funeral Home, 306 College ST (MAP), Elizabethtown, KY. A prayer vigil service is at 7 pmET Friday at the funeral home.

Robert Alan Beimdick, Hardin Co., KY (1944-2011)

Robert Alan Beimdick was born May 22, 1944 in Beaver Dam, Dodge Co., WI, and died Wednesday, February 2, 2011, in Elizabethtown, Hardin Co., KY, at the age of 66 years, 8 months, and 11 days.

He was retired from Hardin County Schools after more than 30 years as a teacher. After his retirement he worked at The Bookstore in Horse Cave.

Bob graduated from Elizabethtown High School 1962 and from Western Kentucky University 1975. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War era serving as a medic. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church, Ancestral Trails Historical Society, and the Hardin County Historical Society. He wrote the original script for the Downtown Walking Tour and participated for several years as different characters. He was the former editor of "Bits and Pieces," was active with the Hardin County Youth Theatre, Hardin County Playhouse, and ECC Home for the Arts.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hugo Charles and Allie May Bellows Beimdick.
He is survived by the following:
  • His special family: Rosemary Skees, Nancy Skees, Charlie Skees, Theresa Skees Pease and Susan Hurley Gifford, all of Elizabethtown, KY

  • And his godchildren: Joe Hurley, Will Zagar and Alice Zagar.
Remembering Bob Beimdick

Bob was well known and well liked by those who visited The Bookstore in Horse Cave, 111 Water ST (MAP), Horse Cave, KY.

From Rob Stout, former pastor of Horse Cave United Methodist Church:

Bob Beimdick, a really good guy who lived in Elizabethtown KY and worked at The Bookstore in Horse Cave, had a heart attack last Tuesday night and died this evening at Hardin Memorial Hospital. A retired teacher, he was a faithful friend, a delightful and witty conversationalist, and a town fixture. Bob could deliver a zinger with skill: often his remark took a few seconds of contemplation before I realized he had hit his target. Requiescat in pace.

From Michael Forsythe:

I have just been told of Bob's passing. A toast to Bob and the life this good man led, I hear bourbon is appropriate. I know that the Lord blessed us with Bob's presence. God bless his immortal soul. I know he is flying with angels now I too will miss his presence at the Bookstore. Bob was a great man in his way, affecting the lives of those he interacted with in ways that will continue long after his untimely passing. To teach, and do it well, is an exceptional challenge. I was always amazed at Bob's capacity to listen, and be constructive, not always critical, in his response. When Bob and I last spoke, he still had many things left to do in life, and so little time. The time was much shorter than any of us knew. Bob was about life and living, and I will remember him this way.

From Kenneth Rambo:

Very sad to hear this. Mr. B is one of my all-time favorite teachers. I was a difficult student as an 8th grader in his English class but somehow he still got me to learn. I will always appreciate that.

From Steven Self, employee at The Bookstore:

One of the greatest men I've ever known. Bob, you're my buddy and I love ya.

From Marilyn Spencer Spaulding:

I am very sorry to hear this. Mr. B has been like family to my family for many years.

From Becky Spencer Stewart:

He's been like part of the family for years.

From Louatha Banks Cheese:

Oh, Bob, you have been my friend for so many years. We went to hs and college together and shared the same profession. You were such a good person with such a wonder life view. You told me you were looking forward so to our reunion. You will be greatly missed.

From Bettye Lacey McKoy:

Bob and I graduated together. Just reconnected with him about a month ago.

From Scott Chandler:

In loving memory, to a great man that truly knew what it meant to be a friend. You will be missed by all that knew you, but not forgotten.

From John Paul Descoteaux:

I will miss you my friend! Till the day comes that we can see each other again.

From Nancy Franklin Owsley:

Bob has been a really good friend since childhood.

Todd Gatliff:

in wonderful memory of Bob Beimdick you will always be loved my friend.

Rachael Manning-Bird:

I love you, Bob, and you are in my prayers!!

From Peggy Bybee:

We are so sorry to hear this bad news about Bob. Thought so much of him here in Horse Cave.

From Robert Stone, frequent visitor to Horse Cave:

Bob and I had told each other stories so many times that I began to hear a few of his the second time but I'm sure he listened to some of mine three or more.

From Rebecca Susan Odell, a Facebook friend of Robert Stone:

I'm so sorry about this, Robert. Your post and those lovely words from Mr. Stout honor the memory of this man. It seems many will be missing and remembering him. I may not have known him, but when you posted this it reminded me of how you commented on a post of mine last month. I hope my words are as comforting to you now, just like yours were to me then.

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Remembering Bob Beimdick (1944-2011)

2011-02-04 - Horse Cave, KY - Photo by Janet Gatliff.
Robert "Bob" Beimdick, Elizabethtown, KY (1944-2011), above working in The Bookstore in Horse Cave, KY.

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