Robert Besaw, 81, Neenah, died Wednesday, August 14, 2013, at his home surrounded by his family. He was born on July 8, 1932, in Appleton, son of William J. and Mary A. (DeLain) Besaw. Robert graduated from Appleton High School in 1950 and then completed his pipefitter apprenticeship in 1958 at Kimberly Clark. In 1974 Robert joined the management team ultimately retiring in 1993 after 38 ½ years of service. He was a volunteer with the Boys’ and Girls’ Brigade for over 10 years, and a member of St. Gabriel Catholic Church, Neenah. Robert married Dolores C. McGinnis “DeeDee” in Appleton on March 6, 1987. Robert was a very kind, gentle, and wise man who could articulate it well. He will be remembered most fondly for his quick wit and desire to always help a person in need. If there was a need, Robert was bound to find a way to fill that need, even if it meant giving of himself or his things. Robert enjoyed his “condo” in the woods, hunting, and fishing.
Robert is survived by his wife, Dolores; a daughter: Denise Besaw, Appleton; three sons: Jeffrey (Betsy) Besaw and Brian Besaw, both of Appleton, and Kevin Besaw, Shawano; three grandchildren: Katie (fiancé Matt), Alexander, and Margaret Besaw; five step-children: Dr. Timothy (Cindy) McGinnis, Patrick (Susan) McGinnis, Kelly (Thomas) Dorn, Sean (Lisa) McGinnis, and Colleen (Mark) Lehrer; 15 step grandchildren: Jennifer (Paul), Jessica, Jacquelyn, Samuel, Michael, Dolores, Sean, Katie, Kelan, Carly, Jeremiah, Megan, Colin (Noelle), Logan, and Olivia; three step great grandchildren: Bethany, Mark, and Benjamin; a sister-in-law: Mary Besaw; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents; an infant sister, Dolores; a toddler brother, Harold; a brother, William Besaw; and a former wife, Mary Patricia “Pat” Besaw.
Memorial services will be held at 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 20, 2013, at St. Gabriel Catholic Church, 900 Geiger St., Neenah, with Fr. Larry Seidl officiating and Fr. Walter Stumpf concelebrating. Inurnment will be in St. Margaret Cemetery, Neenah. Visitation will be Tuesday at the church from 2:00 p.m. until the time of the Mass. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name.
Robert’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the staff of Fresenius Dialysis Clinic, Appleton Cardiology (Neenah), and the McGinnis Chiropractic Group (Winneconne) for all of their wonderful care and companionship over the years.