July 21, 1930-Aug. 6, 2004
COLUMBUS -- Donald C. Beckenhauer, 74, died Friday (Aug. 6, 2004) at Columbus Community Hospital in Columbus.
He was born July 21, 1930, in Norfolk to Harry and Alyne (Seymour) Beckenhauer. He grew up in Norfolk and graduated from Norfolk High School in 1949. As a youth, he worked as a bricklayer in the family business, Beckenhauer Construction. He attended Norfolk Junior College prior to his service in the U.S. military.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1952-1954 during the Korean War.
He continued his education at the University of Wyoming where he earned a bachelor of science degree in business. He later earned his master's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
On July 14, 1956, he married Patricia Patterson in Laramie, Wyo.
He taught at Ainsworth High School from 1963-1968 when the family moved to Columbus. He taught history, economics and business at Columbus High School until his retirement in 1994.
He was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church, American Legion Hartman Post No. 84, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3704, Eagles Club, Elks Club, Nebraska Education Association and the Kidney Foundation.
He preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Jeanette Lamm and Dorothy Miner.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Beckenhauer of Columbus; son, William and wife, Jill Beckenhauer of McCook; daughter, Julie and husband, David Leacox of Lake St. Louis, Mo.; and eight grandchildren.
Services will be Monday, 10:30 a.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church with the Rev. Timothy White officiating. Interment will be at Prospect Hill Cemetery in Norfolk.
The family will receive friends Sunday, 3-5 p.m., at McKown Funeral Home. Visitation will be Monday, 9:30-10:30 a.m., at the church.
McKown Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.