David Lee Beckett, age 87, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 26th at Sarah Reed Center. David was born on March 31, 1926, the son of Harry and Corda (Vought) Beckett in Confluence, Pa. David served in the U.S. Navy during World War II on the U.S.S. Morrison and he survived the bombing and sinking of the ship. He faithfully participated in a yearly reunion of all the surviving shipmates. This year was the first year he was unable to attend. He worked his entire professional career for Firch Baking Company, retiring as Fleet Superintendent. There were so many things that defined his life and brought him joy from his love of fishing to working and crafting toys for the organization Santa's Helpers, to his involvement at Kingsley United Methodist Church where he served as an usher and a trustee. He will be remembered by his church family for his hugs, and his care and concern for others. Dave was also as Scout Master for Boy Scouts of America for over a decade. In addition to his parents, David was predeceased by his wife Jean, and brothers Forest and Ernest Glen Beckett. He is survived by his son Keith D. Beckett and wife Julie, of Wooster, Ohio, a brother Phil Beckett, four grandchildren, Jaime Beckett, of Chicago, Ill., and Chelsea, Corey and Chloe Beckett of Wooster, Ohio. He is further survived by his faithful friend and companion Fran Przybyszewski. He enjoyed spending time with her and her entire family. A brief memorial service will be held at Kingsley United Methodist Church on Saturday, June 22nd at 11 a.m. followed by a Celebration of his life and luncheon immediately following the service in the Fellowship Hall. A special thank you to the staff at Sarah Reed for their care and compassion during his final days. Their kindness towards Dave and his family made this difficult time much easier to bear. Memorial contributions may be made to Kingsley United Methodist Church, 913 Cranberry Street, Erie, PA 16502. Arrangements were handled by Dusckas Funeral Home, Inc. East on Buffalo Rd. There will be no calling hours. Private burial will take place in Somerset County.
Published in the Erie Times-News on June 2, 2013