Edward John Beckman, 82, of 572 Elizabeth Street, died Tuesday, October 18, 2005, at St. Agnes Hospital. He was born February 14, 1923, in Clintonville, the son of John and Hertha Witzke Beckman. On September 29, 1945, he married Loula A. Costas in Fond du Lac. He was a faithful member of Hope Lutheran Church, a past President and member of the Evening Optimist Club, a member of Eagles Aerie #270, where he was involved in the Eagles Anglers, a veteran of the US Navy, serving for 10 years in both WW II and the Korean War, and a member of Trier-Puddy American Legion Post #75. He was a devoted father and grandfather who knew how to be a friend to everyone and who enjoyed the simple things in life, especially volunteering at Pier School as a "grandpa" for Mrs. Pomeroy's second grade class. He was formerly employed by Giddings & Lewis as a machinist. Ed was co-owner/operator of The Beer Hut Drive-In with his wife, Loula, who preceded him in death on June 4, 1990. The Merry-Go-Round was a special project of his and in the winter months he maintained it until it was sold. Some of his favorite past-times were fishing; playing cribbage, hunting, and watching his grandchildren grow up. Prior to his retirement in 1985, he was employed by the Department of Highways as a surveyor.Surviving are two daughters, Kim (Dave) Patt and Pam (Don) Minsch, both of Fond du Lac, and three grandchildren, Sean Anderson, Chelsea Christie, and Kellie Christie, all of Fond du Lac. Nieces and nephews, also in the Fond du Lac area, further survive him. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, three brothers, Carl, Donnie, and Jerry, and a sister, Donna Krenn.
Visitation for Mr. Edward John Beckman will be on Sunday, October 23, 2005, from 4 to 8 pm at Uecker-Witt Funeral Home, and on Monday, October 24, 2005, from 10 to 11 am at Hope Lutheran Church. Funeral services will be at 11 am on Monday at the church. The Rev. H.P. Hilgendorf will officiate and burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Members of Trier-Puddy American Legion Post #75 Firing Squad will conduct graveside military rites. The family requests that memorials in Ed's name be directed to Hospice Hope, the Evening Optimist Club, or Hope Lutheran Church. Additional information and guest book may be found at www.ueckerwitt.com