Beloved husband, brother, uncle, friend, and well-known television anchor passed away Monday morning, November 5, 2012, at the Cartwright Care Center. Age 81 years.
Philip Wesley Beilfuss was born September 11, 1931, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and was adopted at birth by Cleg and Ethlyn (Corless) Beilfuss of Evanston, Illinois. He was raised in Evanston and the Saugatuck, Michigan area, graduating from Evanston Township High School. After briefly attending DePauw University in Indiana, he enlisted in the US Army Air Corps, attending parachute jump school and also studied special services at Indiana University. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in 1957 and his Masters Degree in 1959 in Communications from Northwestern University. While in school, he worked as an announcer for FM radio stations in Chicago and Grand Rapids, Michigan. He began his television career as an announcer/director at WPTV in Palm Beach, Florida (’60 – ’63) and WTVO, Rockford, Illinois (’62 – ’65). He used Marc Wesley as his professional name throughout his career. He came to WNEM-TV5 in 1965, where he anchored news and sports until his retirement in 1991.
Being an avid golfer allowed him to support various area non-profit organizations, especially the Saginaw County American Cancer Society’s Marc Wesley Golf Classic, “The Marc”. He was a long-time member of the Outdoor Writers of America and the Michigan Outdoor Writers Association. During his term as its President, he established programs encouraging others to appreciate the many outstanding opportunities that Michigan has to offer. Besides golf, he was passionate about fishing, be it in the ponds on Bridgeport Country Club or the many trips he made to Lake Superior’s Isle Royale National Park.
Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Susanne Hoch Beilfuss; a brother, Donald Beilfuss, Anaheim, California; his nieces, Rose (James) Darne, and their daughter, Sierra Rose, Long Beach, California; and Bonnie Lyn Beilfuss, Nashua, New Hampshire; and his devoted friends, Jody Lyn Reminder and Catherine Martinez.
Memorial services will take place at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, at Bridgeport Community Church, 3821 State Street, Bridgeport, Michigan, where his family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 13, 2012, until the time of service. Pastor Ronald L. Sinclair will officiate. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider the Cartwright Hospice Residence, c/o Covenant – VNA Hospice or Bridgeport Community Church. www.casefuneralhome.com