Pastor William Jorris Beckmann, 89, Frederick, died Monday October 14 at Homewood at Crumland Farms in Frederick. He was the husband of Nancy McCoy Beckmann.
Born in Plymouth, WI on May 11, 1924 he was the son of the late Dr. William Carl and Verna May Scilt Beckmann and brother of twin sisters Kathryn Louise and Esther Elizabeth who both predeceased him.
He was a graduate of Lakeland College in Plymouth, WI and also of Mission House Seminary, formerly of Plymouth. Besides holding bachelor degrees from these institutions he also attended the University of Wisconsin
in Madison, and holds a Master of Theology degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in the New Testament field. His thesis on John the Baptist is in the Princeton library.
After his ordination his first church was Calvary in Philadelphia, PA. He met his wife Nancy L. McCoy there and married in 1955. After Calvary he moved to SW Philadelphia at Karmel church then to Rochester, NY where he was elected President of the Rochester Association and he and his wife attended the Synod Meeting in Grand Rapids, MI. and was a delegate there. He then answered a call to Christ Reformed UCC in Middletown where he pastored for many years and also wrote newspaper articles for The Valley Register.
After his retirement he and his wife moved to Thurmont where he served a small country church in Keysville for quite a while. He then moved to Worman's Mill for over ten years finally moving to Homewood at Crumland Farms.
They have four beautiful daughters, Esther, Deborah, Ruth, and Mary. Dr. Beckmann baptized his granddaughters.
Pastor Beckmann confirmed all his daughters and when they were married he walked them down the aisle and performed the marriage ceremony.
Surviving, besides his wife, are:
4 daughters- Esther and Richard Bowman, Deborah and David Austill, Ruth and James Wolfe, Mary and Timothy Lenhart.
8 grandchildren - Justine Bowman Coleman and husband Tim, Richard Jorris Bowman, Daniel Austill and his son Cameron (great grandchild). Rachel Austill Putman and her husband Scott; Thomas Beckmann Wolfe and Anna A. Wolfe.;Ryan A. Lenhart and Nathan A. Lenhart.
A brother-in-law John McCoy and sister-in-law June McCoy and many friends and extended family.
Services will be held 10 AM on Friday October 18 at Homewood at Crumland Farms, 7407 Willow Rd., Frederick, MD 21702
Private family interment services will be held in the Utica Cemetery on Thursday.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Frederick County, POB 1799, Frederick, MD 21702 or to Homewood at Crumland Farms, 7407 Willow Rd., Willows Unit, Frederick, MD 21702.
Donald B. Thompson Funeral Home, Middletown, is handling arrangements.
Guestbook available at DBThompsonfuneralhome.com