Donald J. Beckwith

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Donald J. Beckwith, 90, of Midland, died Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, at the Toni & Trish House in Auburn. The son of the late Walter J and Helen G (Callahan) Beckwith was born in Midland on April 8, 1921. He was a proud member of the Sinclair Clan, a first family of Midland. He graduated in June 1939 from Midland Sr. High School. After serving the U.S. Army in the Pacific during World War II, he obtained a BSEE from Michigan State University in June of 1948. He was a distinguished Military Science Graduate. He was also a Registered Professional ChemE in Michigan, Indiana and the Netherlands. He met his wife, Alice (Gebhardt), as her patient in Tripler General Military Hospital, Honolulu, after surviving a crash into the Pacific.

Don retired from The Dow Chemical Co. after 31 years of service. He opened the Management Recruiters office in Saginaw, was a host of "Fireside Chats" for the Midland Historical Society, a contributor to the Midland Daily News and a volunteer program director for Delta's WDCQ-TV.

Surviving is his wife of 65 years, Alice "Niki" Beackwith, whom he married on Sept. 14, 1946; his four children, Cynthia H (Ross) Thompson, Patrick Thomas (deceased) (Candis), Donald J (Karen), and Robert M (Linda); 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren; numerous cousins; and dear extended family, Bill and Bonnie Kennett, Max and Martha Bottomley, Pete and Gloria Lehman, Mike and Grace Merrill, Bob and Marge Messler, Helen Ward, Caroline Gunklar and Janet Lang.

The funeral liturgy will be celebrated at 12 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, at St. Brigid of Kildare Catholic Church. Fr. Patrick O'Connor will officiate. Military honors will be provided by the U.S. Army Funeral Honors and Midland Area Veterans. Per the wishes of Donald, his body will be donated to Michigan State University. Family will receive friends at the church on Thursday from 11 a.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be offered to Toni & Trish House, PO Box 125, Auburn, Michigan 48611. Personal messages of condolence to the family may be offered at www.wilson-miller.com. Arrangements are under the care of Wilson MILLER Funeral Home.


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Published in Midland Daily News on Feb. 1, 2012
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