Rev. Reinhard Arthur Beckman, 100, died Jan. 19, 2013 at the Good Samaritan Center in Syracuse. He was born in Phillips County, Kan., on Jan. 23, 1912, to Wilhelm and Clara Harms Beckmann.
He was made a Child of God in Holy Baptism in St. Paul Lutheran Church in Phillipsburg, Kan.
He grew up on a farm near Sterling. He graduated from high school in Sterling and from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, and Wartburg Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa. He was ordained a Lutheran pastor July 7, 1935, in St. Paul Lutheran, (Helena) Cook.
He married Darline Juilfs Oct. 6, 1935.
Pastor Beckman served as pastor at St. Luke Lutheran Church, a rural parish in Otoe County; Bethany Lutheran Church, Elkhorn; American Lutheran Church in Gothenburg; and Luther Memorial Lutheran Church in Syracuse.
Following nearly 40 years of active parish ministry, Pastor Beckman began serving as administrator of the Good Samaritan Center in Syracuse in 1972; Mrs. Beckman served as administrative assistant.
In 1979 Pastor and Mrs. Beckman began their retirement years. However, between the years of 1979 and 1983, Pastor Beckman served part time in public relations work for Oaks Indian Mission in Oklahoma, served 13 congregations as interim pastor and worked part time as an employee of Fusselman Funeral Home in Syracuse. At the age of 71, Rev. Beckman became a mission developer/pastor of a new congregation, Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, in Palmyra.
In addition to parish ministry and the administration of a nursing home, Pastor Beckman filled a number of church and community leadership roles. For the Central District of the American Lutheran Church, a predecessor body of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, he served as secretary of the district, secretary of the Mission Board, chairperson of the Youth Committee and director of Leadership Training Schools for youth. While pastor in Elkhorn, he served as Protestant Chaplain at Boys Town, Omaha.
He played a leading role in the organization of the Great Plains Lutheran Hospital Association and served on the National Board of Directors for the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, serving as president for five years.
In the Syracuse community, Rev. Beckman served on the Chamber of Commerce, Handibus Committee, Park Board, and the Otoe County World of Aging Board, assisting in providing transportation and meals for elderly. He was instrumental in developing the Good Samaritan Center in Syracuse.
He was preceded by his wife, Darline; sons Rev. James Beckman and Donald Beckman; brothers Arnold, Walter, Elmer, Norman, Merlin and Raymond; and sister Edna Eisenhauer.
He is survived by a son, Rev. Dr. Ron Beckman and wife Judy; two grandchildren, Michele Hild and husband, Jeff and Matthew Beckman and wife Tomomi; great grandson Adam; great granddaughter Grace; sister Dorothy Kroeger; brotherWayne Beckman; sister-in-law Lydia Beckman; sister-in-law Ruth Juilfs; brother-in-law Fred Juilfs; nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
Page 2 of 2 - Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 11 a.m. at the Luther Memorial Lutheran Church in Syracuse. Burial will be at Park Hill Cemetery in Syracuse.
Visitation is Tuesday, Jan. 22, from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. with family greeting friends from 5-7 p.m.
Memorials may be directed to the Beckman Family Scholarship at Wartburg Seminary.
Fusselman-Allen-Harvey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences can be made to www.fusselmanallenharvey.com