Russell Bey1924 - 2012
Russell Alfred Bey age 88 of Rogers City,
passed away December 8, 2012 at
Alpena Regional Medical Center.
He was born October 30, 1924 in Rogers City
to Henry and Madaline (Meilke) Bey.
Russell served in the United States Army during World War II and was stationed
in Europe from 1943 – 1945. He was presented with the Purple Heart Medal for
injuries he received. He married Magdalene Brege on August 17, 1946. He worked
for United States Steel Calcite plant as a shovel operator from 1946 until his
retirement in 1987. Russell and other co-workers organized the first blood bank
through Calcite. Mr. Bey was the recording secretary for his union. He was a
representative for special needs children and worked for many years with the
United Fund, was a coordinator for March of Dimes, and was active in different
committees including the Fellowship Club as St. John Church and the
Board of Education for St. John Lutheran School. Mr. Bey was a member of
St. John Lutheran Church and a life member of the Rogers City VFW Post 607.
Mr. Bey is survived by:
his wife, Magdalene;
3 children, Judy (Ed) Venn-Watson of San Diego,
Cinda (Larry) Grulke of Rogers City,
and Kim (Jeff) Woods of Ypsilanti;
8 great grandchildren;
sister, Alice (Jack) Arlt of Hawks.
He was preceded in death by:
2 children, Keith and Debra;
3 brothers, Harry, Art, and Earl
Friends may visit at the Beck Funeral Home on Thursday, December 13th from
5:00 until 8:00 p.m. with a military tribute at 6:45 followed by a prayer service
at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will resume at St. John Lutheran Church on Friday from
10:00 a.m. through time of funeral at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor John Schreiber
officiating. Rogers City VFW Post 607 will accord military honors immediately
Burial will take place at St. Michael Lutheran Cemetery.
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