Dr. Robert “Bob” Louis Beckler, 86, passed away Monday, August 21, 2023 at Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare.
Born April 11, 1937 to Samuel Louis and Estella Webb Beckler, Bob grew up in Jefferson, OH, west of Wooster, and attended Oak Chapel UMC. After graduating from Wooster High School, Bob served in the Army as a medic and later earned dual Master’s Degrees in Social Work and Public Health from the University of Denver. He went on to achieve a Doctorate in Public Health from UCLA in 1979.
Bob’s professional career included manager the Public Inebriate Detox Program and director of the Employee Assistance Program at the City of Long Beach, working as a psychotherapist and teaching social work at Cal State Long Beach. He retired in 2001.
Bob was an avid birder and traveler, having extensively explored six of seven continents. Bob travelled the world into his late seventies in search of rare and exotic wildlife.
In the 80’s, he began competitive ballroom dancing and won several trophies. Bob loved acting and appeared as an extra in a number of feature films and television shows. He wrote, produced, directed and acted in several film projects after retirement. He won the Karl Malden Award for Excellence in production managing.
In the 2000’s, Bob volunteered at Los Angeles Oiled Bird Center and Providence Little Company of Mary Hospital.
Bob was a good friend and leader to many, and a cherished family member. Bob is survived by his former wife Ellen Foster Enochs of Pennsylvania, his sister Connie Garg of Wooster, nephew Avinash (Laura) Garg of Wooster and numerous cousins.
He was preceded in death by his brother James Beckler.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2023 at 2:00 PM at Oak Chapel United Methodist Church, 4203 W Old Lincoln Way, Wooster with Pastor John Finn officiating. Private burial will be held at Wooster Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
Friends will be received 1 hour prior to the service at the church.
McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be directed to Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com