Dwight Beckmn - October 29, 2012
Dwight Beckman was born on Feb. 9, 1947 at Grant, Neb. He was the third of four children born to David and Helmie Jacobson Beckman. Dwight grew up near Venango, Neb. where he attended school and graduated from Venango High School in 1965. After graduation, Dwight attended the Denver Automotive School where he learned to become a mechanic.
Dwight enlisted in the United States Army in 1967 and served for a year in Vietmam where he worked as a helicopter mechanic with several men under his command. He was honorably discharged in 1970 but remained as part of the Army Reserves until 1973.
Dwight worked at McCormick Ford in Grant, Neb. and as a mechanic in North Platte, Neb. before hiring on with Thrasher (Stone) Motors in Julesburg, Colo. in 1974.
Dwight was married to Joyce Krajewski on May 26, 1976 at the Grant Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church. They made their home at the Beckman farm north of Venango where Dwight lived the rest of his life. He continued to work for Thrashers until 1999 when he retired after 25 years.
He farmed, worked for the Frenchman Valley Co-op for five years, and helped Jaegers with harvest until 2008. At that time, Dwight was diagnosed with multiple myeloma related to being exposed to agent orange during his service in Vietnam.
Dwight was able to stay at home and live his life on the farm until late October when his health began to rapidly fail. He died at his home with his family surrounding him on Monday night, Oct. 29, 2012. He had reached the age of 65.
Dwight was a longtime and active member of the Venango American Legion and the V.F.W. Dwight was a skilled worker and an “inventor” and was always trying to make different objects work a little better.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce; two sons, Aaron and wife Jasmin Beckman, stationed with the Army in Germany and Darrick and wife Christine Beckman, stationed with the Air Force in Eagle River, Alaska; two daughters, Megan and husband Mark Hamilton and Alanna Beckman, all of Lincoln, Neb.; three grandchildren, Christopher, Hailey, and Jayden Beckman; two sisters, Ellie Miller of Missouri and Linnea Beckman of Florida; brother, Phil and wife Bea Beckman of rural Julesburg; many other relatives and friends.
A funeral service was held on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Grant Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church with Rev. Mark Pfeiffer officiating.
Burial was held on Monday, Nov. 5 at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery south of Maxwell, Neb.
A memorial to the American Red Cross has been established.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.