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John Walter Beckham

Modified: Friday, Mar 7th, 2014

John Walter Beckham of Toledo, Oregon, quietly passed away February 28, 2014 in the comfort of his home in Toledo, OR. He was 87 years young.

John was born in Bache, Oklahoma on April 25, 1926 to Walter Beckham and Etta Atkinson.

John married Velda Fern Pellham on July 22, 1949 in Clatskanie, Oregon and together they had five children: Ron Beckham, John Beckham, Pam Beckham, Susan Beckham and Mike Beckham.

John unselfishly enlisted in The United States Air Force where he proudly served our country from 1944 to 1946. He resided for some time in Rainier, Oregon where he worked at Longview Fiber in Longview, Washington until 1957. Later, John and his wife moved to Toledo, Oregon where he helped open Georgia-Pacific Pulp and Paper Mill. He worked mostly as a Shift Foreman in the pulp mill until his retirement in 1988. After his retirement, John then spent two years in Indonesia helping start up a paper mill.

John had a passion for gardening and was a master gardener. He enjoyed traveling and was a geography buff. John was interested in all sports especially hunting and fishing. John was an active member of the Elks and Eagles clubs in Toledo, Oregon.

John is survived by his wife of 64 years, Velda Beckham of Toledo, OR; brother, Jack Beckham in Florida; Ron Beckham and his wife Nancy of Waldport, OR; John Beckham and his wife, Sandra of Canby, OR; daughter, Pam Beckham of Toledo, OR; Mike Beckham and his wife Donna of Depoe Bay, OR; daughter, Susan Anderson-Beckham of Toledo, OR.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Walter Beckham and Etta Atkinson; brothers: Villard Beckham, Gilbert Beckham and Drannon Beckham.

The family will celebrate Johnís life with a memorial service 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at the Toledo Elks; 123 SE Alder St, Toledo, Oregon. Arrangements are being entrusted to Bateman Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family would like donations made to the Veterans Association.

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