John Joseph Beckmann, March 17, 1926~Nov. 6, 2013

beckmannJohn Joseph Beckmann, 87, of Fayetteville passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, at Garden View Care Center of O’Fallon, Mo. He was born March 17, 1926, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to John Henry Beckmann and Mary Lyons Beckmann. He was a longtime member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fayetteville and the Knights of Columbus. He served his country in the United States Navy during World War II. He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Elizabeth Beckmann of the home; one daughter Ellen Burdjak and husband, Dennis, of New York,  four sons, John Beckmann Jr. of Florida, Eric Beckmann and wife, Cathy, of Georgia, Keith Beckmann and wife, Joneva, of Missouri, and Robert Beckmann and wife, Amy, of Florida; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several other family members and friends. A rosary service will be at 2 p.m. at Beard’s Funeral Chapel Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. The family will receive friends following the rosary until 4 p.m. A funeral mass will be held noon Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fayetteville with Father John Antony officiating. Burial will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made to the family at

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    Eddie McNeal » 09. Nov, 2013

    I did a lot of business with John through Goff-McNair Lincoln Mercury. I respected him highly as a man of integrity and a true gentleman. My sincere condolences to family and friends.

    Name » 10. Nov, 2013

    From the moment we first met John, he always had that special smile. What impressed us most was his love of his family. His faith and his familly and friends were what meant the most to him. When we visit at Christmas, we always see such closeness between everyone in the family. John was Dave’s mentor and friend. They loved to target shoot together and had so many interests in common. The first time we came to Georgia, John and Bette drove us down in their van and showed us the beautiful country. They always make time for everyone and have such a genuine concern for others. We will miss John so much. The memories of our times together with John and Bette are so precious to us. Dave and Debbie Harris

    Matt Keegan » 11. Nov, 2013

    My condolance’s Mr Beckmann was truely a kind and generous man who will be missed.

    Stan Spruiell » 13. Nov, 2013

    Through business ties, we have become very close friends with Keith over the past several years. We would like to express our sincere condolences to the entire Beckmann family for your loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this extremely difficult time.

    While saddened with the heartbreaking news, this is the appropriate time for us all to remember the funny stories of “tough love” that Keith has shared, regarding his Dad. I have never been with Keith that he did not have a story about his Dad that demonstrated his wit, his simple but direct approach for providing guidance, and his determination to overcome any obstacle.
    We are also very proud of the level of thoughtfulness and care that Keith, Joneva and KJ have provided, especially over the past many challenging months.
    The lasting legacy of a fine man’s full life lives on through Mr. and Mrs. Bechmann’s children and grandchildren.
    May God bless you all.

    Stan and Paula Spruiell
    Friends of Keith from the Wichita Falls and Iowa Park Texas Sealed Air Cryovac plants