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James Victor Beckerich


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James Victor Beckerich Obituary

HILLSDALE - James Victor Beckerich, 82, of Hillsdale passed away Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at his home. He was born August 4, 1933 in Indianapolis to Victor and Edith (Vance) Beckerich. He married Kathleen Ann Sheller on April 12, 1958 and she preceded him in death in 2006.

Jim graduated from Cathedral High in Indianapolis in 1951. He went on to Purdue University to study Aeronautical Engineering and also became a pilot. Jim worked at Beech Aircraft in Wichita, KS, later he moved to Hillsdale and retired from United Technologies, formerly Essex Wire. He was a member of the Hillsdale Elks Lodge and Hillsdale American Legion, where he served as Post Commander for one term. Jim enjoyed brewing beer, reading, camping, boating, playing euchre and bridge, golfing, flying and was an avid traveler, visiting all 50 states and China. Jim served his country in the US Navy during the Korean Conflict.

Survivors include four children: Edward (Dawn) Beckerich of Eastpointe; Suzanne (Chester) Hall of Osseo; Paula (Tim) Fisher of Ohio; Julie (Alan) Beeker of Hillsdale. Twelve grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sister, Carol Davis of St. Louis, MO.

Jim was preceded in death by: his parents; wife, Ann; brother, John; sister-in-law, Barbara; brother-in-law, Lynn.

A Mass of Christian Burial for James Beckerich will be Monday, May 16,

2016 at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Hillsdale with Father David Reamsnyder officiating. Interment with military honors will follow at St. Anthony Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home in Hillsdale.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Hillsdale American Legion Post #53. For online condolences, visit www.eaglefuneralhomes.com.
Published in The Hillsdale Daily News on May 12, 2016
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