Obituary: Henry A. Beckemeier
It is with great sadness that the family of Henry Alfred Beckemeier announces his passing on Sunday, July 30, 2017, at the age of 83. Henry was born to Harold V. and Nora J.L. (Larson) Beckemeier on Jan. 5, 1934, in Norborne, Mo.
After graduating in 1951 from Quincy High School, he continued his education at Central Washington University, graduating with a degree in economics. He worked overseas for numerous years, but his real love was working with wood. Although he built several houses, he was a finished carpenter by trade and many called him a master craftsman. He found humor in the fact that he started making furniture after he lost his sight in one eye and his hands shook.
He and his wife, Lana, traveled quite a bit in their last few years. They visited all 50 states and numerous foreign countries.
After buying a book on pie making from the Mineral Springs Café on Blewett Pass, he started baking pies. He made pies of all sorts, and for every family, church or friend gathering, he served at least one of his pies. Many wondered why he made so many pies for family gatherings, but found he made everyone’s favorite. That was Henry. He treated people special without any fanfare or expecting any acknowledgment. He will be remembered for his vast knowledge of the world from his travels, his pie making, his love of classical music, being fond of the piano and his willingness to help others. He was a kind and caring man who touched many hearts.
Henry is survived by his wife and best friend, Lana, of Chelan; two precious daughters, Lauri and Heather; five grandchildren, JD, Kellen, Guess, Austin and Scout; his sister, Norma (Bill) Watson, of Quincy; four nieces, Christine, Jody, Billie and Pat (Sam) Coumbs and their children Jimmy and Shelly; and a nephew, Warren (Daphne) Beckemeier, of Quincy, and their children, Eric and Greg.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Harold V. Beckemeier Jr., and a nephew, Stuart Beckemeier.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, at the Christian Church in Mansfield. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Lake Chelan Bach Fest. Arrangements are in the care of Jones & Jones-Betts Funeral Home in Wenatchee.