Rev. Reinhard Beckman, 100 - January 19, 2013The Rev. Reinhard Arthur Beckman, 100, of Syracuse, a former Gothenburg pastor, passed away Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at the Good Samaritan Center.
A visitation will be conducted on Tuesday, Jan. 22, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with family members present from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Fusselman-Allen-Harvey Funeral Home, Syracuse.
Services will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 11 a.m. at the Luther Memorial Lutheran Church in Syracuse. Burial will be conducted at Park Hill Cemetery at Syracuse.
Rev. Beckman was born in Phillips County, KS, on Jan. 23, 1912, to Wilhelm and Clara Harms Beckmann. He was made a child of God in holy baptism at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Phillipsburg, KS.
He grew up on a farm in rural southeast Nebraska, near Sterling, and graduated from high school in Sterling.
Rev. Beckman graduated from Wartburg College in Waverly, IA, and from Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, IA. He was ordained a Lutheran pastor on July 7, 1935, in St. Paul Lutheran (Helena) at Cook.
He was united in marriage to Darline Juilfs on Oct. 6, 1935.
Rev. 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, Beckman began serving as administrator of the Good Samaritan Center in Syracuse in 1972, and his wife served as administrative assistant.
In 1979, the Rev. Beckman and his wife began their retirement years. However, between the years of 1979 and 1983, he served part-time with 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 at Palmyra.
In addition to parish ministry and the administration of a nursing home, he 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 of Omaha.
Rev. Beckman 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 Syracuse, he 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 also instrumental in developing the Good Samaritan Center in Syracuse.
He was preceded in death by: his parents, Wilhelm and Clara Beckmann; his wife, Darline; two sons—the Rev. James Beckman and Donald Beckman; brothers—Arnold, Walter, Elmer, Norman, Merlin and Raymond; a sister, Edna Eisenhauer.
Survivors include: his son, the Rev. Dr. Ron (Judy) Beckman; two grandchildren—Michele (Jeff) Hild and Matthew (Tomomi) Beckman; great-grandson, Adam; great-granddaughter, Grace; a sister, Dorothy Kroeger, a brother, Wayne Beckman; sisters-in-law—Lydia Beckman and Ruth Juilfs; brother-in-law, Fred Juilfs; nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
Memorials are suggested to the Beckman Family Scholarship at Wartburg Seminary.