To view Bob's Life Tribute Video , Click Here. To view Bob's Memorial Service, Click Here. Bob Bekuhrs was one in a million. Sure, many men can lay claim to having been husband, father, brother, grandfather, Shriner, Mason and Veteran, but Bob was more than the sum of those labels. Born Robert William Bekuhrs on September 9, 1927, in New York, NY, to Otto & Anna Bekuhrs, he enjoyed a city childhood with all of its advantages. Bob followed his father into a career as a toolmaker and from the City out to Long Island - building his first home across the street from theirs in Centereach, New York. That's where he brought his first wife, Marie, and they started their family of four; Andrew, Mary, Anna and Robert. It's also where Bob & Marie welcomed Bob's sister, Loretta (Laurie) as a part of the family when his parents passed too soon. During that time, Bob was establishing his career as a toolmaker and, ultimately, as a manufacturing engineer with Brookhaven National Laboratory. In 1964 he moved his family to the Hudson River Valley community of Wappingers Falls, where he'd taken a job with IBM near Poughkeepsie. Bob remained a loyal IBMer until his retirement in 1987. In 1968 the family moved to Boulder, Colorado, with IBM. The next twenty years saw Bob & Marie's influence on their four children as they worked to ensure that all completed their educations. A source of great pride to Bob was that all four were set on their career paths early. The couple remained in Boulder until 1991 when they decided to relocate to the smaller community of Loveland, Colorado. The years 1991 to 1998 were blessed with the addition of Bob's seven grandchildren: Alex, Jessie, Duncan, Savannah, Lili, Zoey and Ivy. His Colorado grandchildren were lucky to have the opportunity to get to know him, and Bob & Duncan were particularly close. This happy chapter came to a close when Marie passed in the middle their move to Tucson, Arizona, in May of 1998. Being Bob, he carried on and completed the move to Tucson to be among a number of other ex-IBMers, laughing every fall with the return of the "Snowbirds." Things moved quickly for him and - thank goodness for this internet - Bob found his childhood sweetheart, Friedel Koegel, alive and well and living in South Carolina. After a whirl-wind, cross-country connection and a number of frequent-flyer miles, Bob & Friedel married in July of 1999 in Charleston. They enjoyed a life of good friends and good times, returning to Oro Valley, Arizona, in December of that year. Bob's last twelve years were blessed with friends old and new in the Tucson area and with the love of his "Fritzie." He'd re-initiated his involvement with the local Shriners' Temple and Masonic Lodge and took great pride in a life's work well done. He passed peacefully at home on May 16, 2011, with his beloved Friedel nearby. A larger-than-life life -- we'll miss you, Pop.