U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski presented a one-minute speech before Congress on April 18. That speech honored the late Robert “Bob” Jessop Beer of Milford.
A copy of that presentation and a complete copy of the 113th Congressional Record was presented to Tom Beer Tuesday evening by Kosciusko County Republican Chairman Randy Girod Tuesday evening during the Van Buren Township Trustee caucus. Tom Beer, vice chairman of Van Buren Precinct 1, was present at the caucus in place of his mother, Jacquelyn Beer, precinct chairwoman.
Bob Beer passed away the evening of April 5, 2013.
The tribute states: “Mr. Speaker, today I wish to honor the legacy of Robert ‘Bob’ Jessop Beer. Born on Aug. 8, 1943, to Harry L. and Lucille Jessop Beer, Robert is a lifelong Hoosier, proud family man, entrepreneur and soldier whose contributions have made a positive impact on the Milford Community.
“In 1962, Robert graduated from Warsaw High School and proudly served his country as a U.S. Army Reservist from 1964-1970. He married his beautiful wife, Jacquelyn Craft, on Sept. 11, 1965, and had together eight lovely children. Robert’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to be the president and CEO of his business, Beer and Jessop’s Company Inc., where he worked for many years.
“Robert’s contributions stemmed far beyond his immediate family and business, his presence was well-known to many Hoosiers in the community. For more than 40 years, Robert served as the precinct committeeman for Van Buren Township and was the chairman of the Kosciusko County Board of Zoning Appeals. Along with his civic duties, Robert was a past patron of the Kosciusko Chapter 169 Order of the Eastern Star and a member of the Kosciusko Masonic Lodge 418 &AM.
“Robert leaves behind an incredible legacy that will surely live on to inspire many Hoosiers in the community to lend a hand in the community and help others. His family, including his wife, Jacquelyn, children and grandchildren will remain in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
“I am honored to recognize the life of Robert ‘Bob’ Jessop Beer and extend my deepest sympathies to his loved ones. Joining Hoosiers across the state, we mourn his loss and remember the leadership that will continue motivating us all to serve our communities.”