Peter Matthew Beekhof, Sr. (Pete) |

Peter Matthew Beekhof, Sr. (Pete)

Jun. 17, 1930 – Dec. 27, 2015

On the early evening of December 27, 2015 Peter Matthew Beekhof, Sr. (Pete) passed peacefully after a short fight with leukemia. Pete was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands June 17, 1930 to Abraham and Cornelia Beekhof. After serving in the Dutch Navy, he immigrated to Syracuse, New York where he was sponsored by a local church organization in 1955. Eager to learn English, he joined a local club where he met Rosemarie Schmelzle. They quickly fell in love and were married in October 1956. Peter loved the American culture and all that it stood for. It was his goal to obtain his naturalization papers as soon as possible and officially become an American. He obtained his goal and there never was a person more proud to be an American. Since the day he was able to vote he never missed an opportunity to do so. In the Netherlands, at the time he grew up, citizens didn’t vote they lived with a monarchy. Pete always said “If you don’t vote you don’t have the right to complain.” On any day, if you walked through Pete’s and Rosemarie’s back door you would find him sitting with his coffee watching political debates. While living in Syracuse, Pete and Rosemarie had their first child Pamela, followed by their son Peter Jr. On a visit to Pete’s parents in Southern California in February 1961, Rosemarie quickly fell in love with the state and it took little convincing before they were packed up and heading out west. They settled in Sylmar, California where they welcomed their third child Kelly. Pete worked for Lockheed Missiles and Space as an electrician while they made their lives in sunny California. They bought 6 beautiful acres in the Santa Cruz Mountains, where he built his wife’s dream house. Being a family man, Pete took great pride in his children and through the years became a father figure to many. All of his children were involved in 4H, and the San Lorenzo Horseman’s Association and he also taught wood working and electrical classes for 4H. He never missed one of his kids’ school events, from baseball games, bake sales, Christmas shows and horse shows. As a family, they enjoyed cross country trips, camping and working on one of their many 4H projects. Pete retired from Lockheed in 1987 and moved to Gardnerville, Nevada to be closer to his son, Peter Jr., a general contractor, where he built another dream house for Rosemarie on 2 acres in Rhuenstroth. Although “retired” Pete was not one to sit idly. He quickly began wiring houses for Peter Jr., and even years later was often on the job sites offering his wisdom and sharing stories with all. Pete built a beautiful greenhouse where he started his large annual summer garden, which supplied family and friends with fresh vegetables throughout the season. During the winter months, he retreated to his wood working shop, built a fire in the old potbelly stove and built windmills, bird houses, old western wagons and numerous other projects which he shared with everyone. Family was incredibly important to Pete and Rosemarie and you could feel the love during one of their many spaghetti dinners. With a loud, full house, everyone who walked through the door was family. Topics of the loud conversations ranged from politics, movies, sports, food, gardening, and even sex. With a house full of 20+ each and every child, grand-child and great grand-child has been impacted by Pete’s integrity, generosity, strength, and loving spirit Pete will be missed dearly. He is survived by his wife Rosemarie and their loving dog Daisy. His daughter Pamela and fur-baby Bailey. His son Peter Jr., grandchildren, Amanda, D’Art, Ashley, Ben and Chance, great-grandchildren, Logan and Lily, and fur-babies Kalua, Veda, and Gonzo. His daughter Kelly and husband James, grandchildren, Kristy, Jake, Katie and Michael, and great-grandchildren, Kaelyn and Ariah and fur-babies Boomer, Maui, Monster, Moose and Yogi. As well as honorary children Kenny and Lisa, siblings Kees, Evelyn, Betty, John and Mitzi. And believe it or not, they were all in attendance for spaghetti dinners. Dogs, too! A Celebration of Life will be held January 23, 2015 at 2:00pm at the Beekhof’s Home 1921 Wiseman Rd., Gardnerville, NV 89410

To the best HUBBY & DAD ever. We will miss you, Rosemarie, Pamela, Peter & Kelly


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