In Memoriam : Thomas Beckelman

Thomas Joseph Beckelman - age: 89
(January 01, 1929 to July 03, 2018 )
Resident of Glendale Heights, Illinois

Visitation Information:
Funeral Service Wednesday, July 11th, 11:30 am, time of gathering 10:30 am at

Christ Lutheran Church
3253 W. Wilson Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625

Arrangements provided by:

Benson Family Funeral Home

Thomas Joseph Beckelman died July 3, 2018 at his home in Glendale Heights, IL.

Born on January 1, 1929 to his parents Charles and Effie Scanlon Beckelman he was the first of five children Kenneth (Betty), Delores Corcoran, Frank (Lenore), and Patricia Sutton. Delores and Betty survive.

He married the love of his life, Dorothy Fletcher on May 7, 1949. They spent 69 loving years together and she survives. They raised five children Thomas, Jr (Catherine, deceased) of Anoka, Mn; Kathleen (Carl) Hughes of Jacksonville, Il, Christine Hicks Veverka (deceased), Karen of Glendale Heights, Il; David (Debbie) of Palm Bay, Florida and dear family friend Nancy Thrasher of Glendale Heights, Il. He had 12 Grandchildren, 11 Great Grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren.

Tom served in the Merchant Marine, and the United States Army (WWII), before working for John M Smythe as a carpet installer, salesman, and head of the carpet workroom. Upon their closing he worked in carpet for Polk Bros. He was a Scout Master, once hiking his troop from their campsite to the Expressway to display the colors for President Kennedy, who stopped to greet them. He enjoyed the outdoors, taking his family to national parks across the country.

His family was his life and he enjoyed family get togethers for holidays. He passionately decorated for Christmas having elaborate villages under the tree.

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Please accept my sincere sympathies on your recent loss of your Dad...