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George M. Jr.
George M. Beckett Jr. passed away Monday, April 7, 2014, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Toledo. George was born in Toledo on May 17, 1923, to George and Catherine Beckett. He was a veteran of WWII who was involved in the Normandy invasion and the march toward Paris. George was proud to have served his country but despised the idea of war. His father, George Beckett Sr., served in WWI and both father and son served this country with no regret. George was a cheerleader for DeVilbiss High School in the late 1930s and was instrumental in the recruitment of female cheerleaders during a time when only men were asked (although being in this position got him plenty of dates). After high school, George attended the University of Toledo where he once again became a cheerleader. A few years ago it was thought that he was the oldest living University of Toledo Cheerleader. The Rockets were a passion of George's and his kids remember running the sidelines during games with him. He didn't like watching the games from a seat because he liked being where the action was. Unfortunately, his Rocket career was cut short because of WWII. George met Yolanda Rose Sobczak after the war and they married and raised 5 children together.
George was preceded in death by his wife, Yolanda, in 1995; son, Dennis in 1994, and son, Gary in 2012. He is survived by sons, Robert Sr. (Patricia) and Donald (Kathleen); daughter, Kathy (Bruce) Armstrong; grandchildren, Robert Beckett, Heather, Jeremy and Bryan Armstrong, Lindsey Beckett, Josh Beckett, and 5 great-grandchildren.
George was once described by a friend as being a "piece of work" and his family could not agree more. After all, our dad was surely one-of-a-kind. The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to dad's neighbors who helped care for him, Doug, Cindy, Jan, Jim, and Penny. Also to Hospice of Northwest Ohio who made the journey more bearable.
Visitation will be from 2-9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, (today) at the Walker Funeral Home, 5155 W. Sylvania Ave. (west of Corey Rd.) with a Legion service at 7 p.m., where services will be on Wednesday, at 10 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Ruggles Church 1364 U.S. Hwy 224 New London, OH 43851. Online condolences may be shared at
Walker Funeral Home
5155 West Sylvania Avenue
Toledo, OH 43623
Published in Toledo Blade on Apr. 8, 2014