George Richard ‘Dick’ Beckey, 84, of Springfield, died at 7:45 p.m., Friday, December 3, 2010 at Villa East Healthcare in Sherman. He was born May 13, 1926 in Springfield, IL to George H. & Ina Louise King Beckey. He married his wife, Elsie Mae Ballard on June 10, 1956 in Roodhouse, IL and she survives.
He is also survived by his two sisters, June (Tom) Brackett of Bluffs, IL and Mary Lou (Myron) Scott of Jacksonville, IL; two nieces, Deborah Foust of Bluffs, IL and Toni (Alan) Mallicoat of Jacksonville, IL; three nephews, Stephen (Lou Ann) Scott of Mt. Carmel, IL, Lee Korty and Bert Morton of Springfield, IL, Tom (Carol) Korty of Springfield, IL and several other nieces and nephews.
George was a resident of Springfield, IL since 1956, before that time he resided in Bluffs, IL. He was a United States Army veteran serving during World War II in the European Theatre, 70th Infantry Division from 1944-1946. He received the Purple Heart Medal. He was a barber by trade upon returning from military service he worked as a security guard for the Office of the Illinois Secretary of State from 1953 until retirement in 1986. George was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, American Legion, Disabled Veterans Association Post 15, Illinois Police Association and the Jacksonville Moose Lodge #865. George will be remembered as a loving husband, terrific brother, and for the many friendships made throughout his life. He enjoyed doing ‘big’ and ‘little’ deeds for others.
Memorial Gathering: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Friday, December 10, 2010 at Staab Funeral Home.
Memorial Service: 12 p.m., Friday, December 10, 2010 at Staab Funeral Home. Reverend Rita Nafziger will officiate. Burial will be in Camp Butler National Cemetery where the Sangamon County Interveterans Burial Detail will conduct military honors.
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