Robert Page Beach, 71, a retired director of production and marketing in the Agricultural Marketing Service in the U.S. Department of Agriculture and a vice president of the Commodity Credit Corporation, died of cancer July 3 at the home of a daughter in Camarillo, Calif.

Mr. Beach, who was born in Taylor County, Iowa, began his career at Agriculture in the 1930s. He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration at George Washington University in 1937. During World War II, he served in the Marine Corps in the Pacific Theater. He retired from the government in 1969.

He received Agriculture's Superior and Distinguished Service awards.

Mr. Beach was a member of the American Society of Public Administration, the Federal Government Accountants Association, the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, the United Methodist Church of Springfield, Va., and the Allemande Lefters Square Dance group, in which he was a fiddler from 1933 to 1981.

Survivors include his wife, Iolene, of Camarillo, where he moved from Springfield in 1981; two daughters, Mary Ann, of Addison, Me., and Charlene Gagliardi of Hidden Hills, Calif; two brothers, Walter G., of Dallas and Bill, of Sharpsburg, Iowa; three sisters, Josephine Walter and Elizabeth Brown, both of Lenox, Iowa, and Marjorie Steinke of Spokane, Wash., and four grandchildren.