G. Philip Beitz, 74
Oct. 9, 1940 -- May 23, 2015
G. Philip Beitz, age 74, of Beaver Dam, died on Saturday, May 23, 2015, at his home surrounded by his family.
A memorial service will be held at a later date and cremation has taken place.
George Philip Beitz was born on Oct. 9, 1940, to George and Anna (Vatava) Beitz. On Nov. 10, 1990, he was united in marriage with Mary Ann Riggs. He was an avid motorcyclist, putting on thousands of miles traveling to Daytona Bike Week and Sturgis motorcycle rallies for many years, as well as throughout the state. Phil was a Civil War reenactor for more than 10 years, living the life of a soldier in the 10th Tennessee Infantry, a corporal in the 5th Wisconsin Light Artillery and finally as a Tennessee senator. Within the reenacting community, Phil was famous for making sure he “died” in the shade, and when a senator, his rousing speeches to the troops. One of Phil’s favorite jobs was as an apprentice blacksmith to Dan Nauman at the Bighorn Forge in Cedarburg. After retirement, from 2010 to 2015, Phil became active in the animal rescue community as a transporter for Badger Rescue Animal Transport Services (BRATS) transporting more than 1,500 Wisconsin dogs, cats, guinea pigs and birds. He was a warm, caring and loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. His wonderful dry sense of humor will be missed by so many.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann Riggs of Beaver Dam; daughter, D. Leigh Bach of North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania; three grandchildren, Alex, Davis and Kaylan; as well as many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.
If desired, memorials in G. Philip Beitz’s name may be made to Badger Rescue Animal Transport Services (BRATS at www.bratstransport.org) or Shelter from the Storm Rescue http://members.petfinder.com/~WI209/index.html
The Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam is caring for the family. To leave online condolences, or for directions and other information, please visit our website at www.KoepsellFH.com.