Roger ‘Butch’ W. Beckman, 76, longtime resident of Peosta, passed away peacefully at 10:50 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, surrounded by the love and comfort of his family. Butch lived out his last two years of life at Hawkeye Care Center.
Visitation for Butch was held from 4 -7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 13, at Reiff Funeral Home in Peosta, where the Epworth AM VETS Post #13, met in a body at 5:45 p.m. Visitation was also held Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020 after 9 a.m. at the funeral home
A Mass of Christian Burial for Butch was held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Peosta, with Rev. Richard Kuhn presiding and Deacon Dan O’Connell assisting. Lectors were Ashley Davidson and Addie Koerperich. Eucharistic Ministers were Bruce and Rose Brillhart. Placing of the Pall was done by Angie and Rick Koerperich, Julie and John Walsh, Chris Beckman, Kathy and Yosh Hosokawa.
The mass was live streamed and viewable on the St. Elizabeth Pastorate Facebook page.
Burial was held in St. John’s Cemetery in Centralia, with full military honors afforded by the Epworth AM VETS Post #13.
Casket bearers were Cory Davidson, Charlie Beckman, Josh Koerperich, Brennan Koerperich, David Beckman and Mason Ruden.
Butch was born Aug. 20, 1944, in Dubuque, son of LeRoy and Eleanor (Radloff) Beckman. Butch graduated from Western Dubuque High School in Peosta, class of 1962. He married Bette L. Brillhart June 26, 1965, at Sacred Heart Church in Dubuque.
Butch worked at John Deere for 30 years, where he retired in 1996. Post-retirement, Butch served as a groundskeeper at Thunder Hills Country Club and Timberline Golf Course.
Butch was a member of St. John the Baptist Church in Peosta. He served in the Army and was an active member of the AMVETS, Post 13. Butch was a fun-loving man who enjoyed watching his beloved Dodgers, Iowa State Cyclones, and NASCAR with an Old Style and Snickers in hand. He also loved fishing trips to Cantril, card club, gambling trips, and attending his grandkids’ sporting events. Butch cherished quality family time and has passed on memorable holiday traditions for Beckman generations to come.
Surviving are his four daughters: Angie (Rick) Koerperich, Julie (John) Walsh, and Chris Beckman, all of Epworth, and Kathy (Yosh) Hosokawa, of Madison, Wis.; 16 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; three siblings: Mark Beckman and Beverly Hedrick, of Peosta, Georgia Ann Carpenter, of Hastings, Minn.; and sisters- and brothers-in-law: Benny Heiar, Barry Brillhart (Lori), Bruce Brillhart (Rose) and Mary Jo Reding (Bob), of Dubuque, Bill Brillhart (Ginny), of Colorado, Bob Brillhart (Jody), of Nevada, and Becky Marti (Dale), of Nebraska.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Bette Lou; sisters and brother: Patty Heiar, Marlene Miller and Michael Beckman in infancy; sisters- and brothers-in-law: Darlene Beckman, Gerald Carpenter, Art Miller, Bonnie Brillhart and Brent Brillhart.
A Roger Beckman Memorial Fund has been established. The family of Butch would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and the entire staff at Hawkeye Care Center for all the care and support given to Dad and our family.
Anyone wishing to send memorials may send them to Reiff Funeral Home, Attn: Roger “Butch” Beckman Family, PO Box 1, Peosta, IA 52060. If you would like to view a video tribute or send online condolences to the family, please visit our website at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com