Beckman Catholic High School inducted two individuals, a couple and a team into their Hall of Fame Oct. 1. David Rahe, the Rev. Mark Weber, Jerome and Mary Lansing as well as the 1997 Track Team were all honored.
Rahe, a 2002 graduate, was active in student government serving as president of his class for four years and student body president his senior year. He was recognized as a State of Iowa Scholar, a member of the National Honor Society and the District 5 football All-Academic team in 2001 and 2002. Rahe was also active in athletics winning four state titles in track, setting several records that have yet to be broken at Beckman. He was a starter and top defender on the 2002 basketball team that finished third in the state. At that year’s state tournament, he was awarded the Class 2A Student-Athlete Achievers Award recognizing the state’s top student-athlete. In football, he played quarterback and safety his junior and senior years and was named all-district both years. During his senior year, Rahe had the honor of being named all-state in three sports — football, basketball and track. He went on to play football at Iowa State University where he was a two-year letter winner earning first and second-team academic All-Big 12 honors. At the end of his senior year, he was the recipient of the Ennis Haywood Award given by the coaching staff to the most outstanding team player. A vice-president of McGough Construction, Rahe and his wife Megan live in Plymouth, Minn. with their four children. They enjoy being very active in their local Catholic parish and serving on several parish and youth athletic organizations.
The Rev. Mark Weber
Weber was involved in student council, speech, and football during his years at Beckman. Upon graduation in 1972, he entered Divine Word College just down the road in Epworth. He continued his formation as a Divine Word Missionary in Mississippi and Chicago, professing perpetual vows and getting ordained in 1982. He served seven years as a missionary in Ghana, before returning to the Chicago area where he was engaged in justice ministry, formation of seminarians, and African-American parish ministry in Chicago’s south side. He has been assigned various posts in administration, including a six-year assignment as general secretary for formation and education for the worldwide Divine Word community of some 6,000 Brothers and priests. He is currently the rector of the formation program of the Divine Word Missionaries in Chicago.
1997 boys’ track team
The 1997 boys’ track team wanted to improve after their strong runner-up finish in 1996. The goal was to win it all in 1997, and throughout the season, this team was led by the performance of their relays. They had a strong early-season showing at the Dickinson Relays with the mile relay team setting a meet record of 3:32.8. The team won several meets during the year, among them the Cascade Invitational, Cardinal Relays in Maquoketa, Saber Relays in DeWitt, and the Big Bend Conference meet. Some of the highlights from these meets were: while winning at Cascade, Beckman had eight first-place finishes and won the Big Bend Conference meet with three relay teams placing first. Beckman went into the State Meet with five individual qualifiers and five relay qualifiers. The team achieved its goal of winning a state championship with many good performances across the board. They were led by the first-place finishes of both the 4x100 and 4x200 relays. Beckman performed for one another throughout the entire season forming a true team. The team members are as follows: Class of 1997; Kevin Casey, Jayme Gaul, Drew Jenk, Jamie Kennedy, Max Knepper, Joe Kubicek, Tom Martin, Tony Schroeder, Corey Soppe and Doug Wessels; Class of 1998; Kyle Conry and Ted Kruse; Class of 1999; Ed Riesberg, Terry Steger, Charlie Vorwald and Matt Wessels; Class of 2000; Dave Koch; and Coaches Pat Davis and Todd Troutman.
Jerome and Mary Lansing
Distinguished friends of Beckman Jerome and Mary Lansing have supported the Catholic church and education system throughout their lives. Their gratefulness to God for his blessings through lean and bountiful farming years led to their desire to give back to Him of their time, talent and treasures. They raised four children, sending them all to the Catholic elementary and Beckman Catholic Schools, wanting to instill in each the value of their own faith and a desire to serve the church and school. Many of their grandchildren have also attended and graduated from Beckman and several great-grandchildren currently attend a Catholic school. Mary and Jerome have served on parish councils, boards, school boards, including the Beckman Endowment Board. Prior to the public school busing of private school students, they were instrumental in starting a bus route for the rural St. Paul Catholic School students in their community. They have supported Beckman from its formation, contributing to capital campaigns, annual appeals, endowment appeals, STOs, Gala attendance, donations, purchases, breakfasts, and through anonymous donations to the school. When Beckman was struggling, Jerome and other committee board members personally spoke to other supporters encouraging them to contribute to Beckman to keep the school viable. As members of the Band Parents, they volunteered at events and helped chaperone trips. They also attended sporting events, plays, musicals, and other events of their children, grandchildren, and the exchange students hosted by their children, and now their great-grandchildren.