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Beach Transportation owner Robert Beach dies at 82

By Associated Press
Published On: May 15 2014 01:42:50 PM MDT
Updated On: May 15 2014 01:45:33 PM MDT
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MISSOULA, Mont. -

Robert "Bob" Beach, whose name became synonymous with school and charter busing in western Montana, has died. He was 82.
    
Beach grew the company his father began in 1941 with a single bus route into Beach Transportation Co., which employs 170 people and provides school bus transportation to more than 3,500 Missoula-area schoolchildren. The company also offers Beachliner charter bus services to athletic teams and other customers throughout the United States and Canada.
    
Garden City Funeral Home says Beach died of natural causes on April 29. His memorial service was held on Wednesday in Missoula.
    
Greg Beach said his father loved the adventure of the road and logged more than a million miles without a serious accident.
    
Beach is survived by his wife of 57 years, Helen, their daughter, Diana Heinrichs and their sons, Greg and Scott - who now run the company.