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Richard E Beckette

December 15, 1932 ~ September 4, 2021 (age 88)


Richard Beckette was born on December 15, 1932  to Glenn and Celeste in Brainerd, Minnesota. He passed away on September 4, 2021. He married Doris on May 4, 1957 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Sherwood, Oregon. He is survived by his children Thelma from Adams, Oregon, Teresa from Sylmar, California, Michael from Salem, Oregon, Dean from Hillsboro, Oregon, 7 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and sister Joyce from Sandy, Utah. 

He moved to Oregon with his family at about the age of 10 when his dad came from Minnesota to work in the shipyard during WWII. They settled in Canby, Oregon where he went to school. He also went to Oregon State University one year before going into the service. He took his training in Fort Benning, Georgia and was transferred to Fort Lewis, Washington later in his service. He worked many jobs after the service, mainly construction. 

He was a member of the 3rd and 4th Degree Knights of Columbus. He held many offices including Grand Knight and Treasurer. He loved us he wrote every month for the degree and that everyone seemed to like. He also wrote poems for many people, including people who died. He would write a poem on the spur of the moment. He also volunteered many hours for the Knights of Columbus and Food Share. When the Knights had their Whale of a Sale, many many years ago he and Blaine would pick up items from people who donated to the sale. He also refinished the pews in the church in the 1980's and he told when he was anointed in the hospital he said that when he got better he would refinish the pews again. He prayed many rosaries each day- 15-20 for friends and family. He read a passage from the Bible daily. He loved the church. One story he told my brother many years ago when we visited the best thing he had done in his life was joining the Catholic church and marrying his wife of 64 years and having his children. 

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