Former Mishawaka Mayor Robert C. Beutter dies

NOW: Former Mishawaka Mayor Robert C. Beutter dies

Former Mishawaka Mayor Robert C. Beutter died Thursday, Mayor Dave Wood announced Friday.

Mayor Beutter served the city for nearly 60 years.

He began his career in Mishawaka as an assistant city attorney for Mayor Margaret Prickett in the 1960s. He served five terms as mayor, from 1982-2003 and then worked as the assistant city attorney for the Park Board and Redevelopment Commission.

While mayor, Beutter acquired the former Uniroyal plant for the future revitalization of the city's downtown and riverfront. The Robert C. Beutter Riverfront Park is part of this property.

In a press release, Mayor Wood stated, "Bob’s contributions to the City are immeasurable but perhaps none more significant than his leadership, counsel and advice that he gave to many in service to the City. We will all miss his quick wit, sense of humor that was second to none and his friendly disposition. He instilled in us a passion to serve our beloved Princess City, “the best hometown in America” as he called Mishawaka. On a personal note, I will forever be grateful to him for many blessings in my life. He served as a mentor, great example and father-like figure to me. Our hearts and prayers are with his wife May, the Beutter family and all of our citizens that are better for the many contributions that Mayor Bob Beutter made."

The mayor ordered flags at all city facilities be lowered to half stuff until sunset on the day of internment. He requests businesses and citizens do the same.

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