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Frances B. BECKMAN
11-18-1921 — 04-23-2009
Frances Bernard Beckman was born November 18, 1921 and departed from this lifeon April 23, 2009 at Sheridan County Long Term Care in Hoxie, KS.  He was the son of William H. and Anna (Robben) Beckman of rural Menlo, KS.  He graduated from the Menlo Consolidated Schools in 1939.  He attended Fort Hays University and taught school at District 51, Seguin, KS.  On October13, 1942, he was called to serve his country during World War II.  He served with the 493rd Armored Artillery Battalion in the European Theatre.  While in service, he was awarded many citations including the “Purple Heart”.  He named his division the “Hellcats”  and was awarded a $2500 check and a fifteen day furlough.  He was honorably discharged from the Army on January 17, 1946.  After his discharge he returned to the Menlo area to pursue his farming interests.  He married Rita Lindeman on April 22, 1947 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Angelus, KS.   He and Rita were blessed with four children, Lottie, Lynette, Stuart and Nancy.  He was a lifetime member of St. Martin’s Church, Seguin, KS where he served on the Parish Council for many terms.  He was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus, VFW Post 2864 and the 493 Hellcat Division.  He was active in the community having served on the Seguin School Board, the Co-op Board of Directors and the ASCS Ag Committee for many terms.  He also served on the Farmers Home Administration Board of Directors in Hill City, KS.  He was appointed and served as an official to the State Judge in Topeka, KS for two years.


Frances was a dedicated farmer, enjoying working the land, watching the crops grow and always excelling in his profession.  His work was his hobby thereby having no other.  When he was forced to retire because of failing health it was difficult for him to make the adjustment.  He was a victim of Parkinson’s disease and heart problems,  When Rita could no longer care for him he entered Long Term Care in Hoxie ,KS in July of 2003, and remained there until his passing.


He was a gentle man, not a man of many words, but it is said you can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.  He was a lover of animals.  Much of his relaxing time was spent with a cat on his lap, petting the dog, or both.  He enjoyed most sports; watched football for many years, played basketball in high school and on the Menlo Town Team.  He also enjoyed bowling until his failed health.  He and Rita’s most enjoyable times were spent with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Anna Beckman, brothers William Jr., James and Charles.  Survivors are his loving wife, Rita, of 62 years, children; Carlotta Ann Ignacio and husband Vic of Clifton, VA, Lynette Marie and husband Ron Ball of rural Menlo,  Stuard Francis and wife Anita also of rural Menlo and Nancy Louise Beckman of Ashburn, VA, grandchildren; Brandon Beckman, Menlo, KS, Kristen Ball, Mission, KS, Kayla and Kyle Kinderknecht, Manhattan, KS, Brent Beckman, Menlo, KS, Dave Ball, Manhattan, KS and step-grandson Travis Spillman of Pine Top, AZ, great-grandchildren; Kaitlyn Rose Spillman, Peityn Emma Beckman and Avery Marie Kinderknecht, three sisters AnnaBell Ostmeyer, Hoxie, KS, Bea and husband Kay Driver, Goodland, KS and Rose Marie Hartman, Grainfield, KS, two brothers, Robert of Longmont, CO., and Dennis of Colorado Springs, CO, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at St. Martin’s Church on Monday, April 27, 2009 at 11 A.M. with internment in St. Martin’s Cemetery.  Mickey-Leopold Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


The Hoxie Sentinel May 7, 2009

Submitted by Bernice Albers

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