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Harry Beckner


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Harry Beckner Obituary
December 6, 1928 - December 1, 2018
It is with great sadness that the family of Harry G. Beckner announce his passing on December 1, 2018. Harry was born on December 6, 1928 in Oak Park, Illinois. Harry leaves behind his wife of 18 years, Susan, son Paul (Helen), daughter Meredith (Tom), and grandson John David. Harry is also survived by his former wife Anne, of Austin, Texas. Two of his children predeceased him, James David and Laura Lee.
Harry received a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University and a Master of Arts from Michigan State University. He served in the United States Army Quartermaster Corps from 1951-1953 at Fort Lee, Virginia.

Harry worked for Jewel Food Stores in Chicago, from 1949 through 1978, serving the last 11 years as president. He was a director of Jewel Companies, Inc., from 1969 through 1978. In 1978, Harry joined H.E. Butt Grocery Company (HEB), in Corpus Christi, Texas, as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He retired in 1984 to Austin, Texas, remaining as a director of HEB and continuing as a private consultant to several supermarket chains in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Harry served on many boards, most notably the Food Marketing Institute for 18 years, and the Zenith Radio Corporation for 22 years. Harry fully retired in 2003 to the Sarasota area. We will miss him - his support, generosity, sharp mind, and constant love.

A family service is scheduled for Harry at the Farley Funeral Home, 265 S. Nokomis Avenue, Venice, FL. Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice, Philanthropy Department, 5955 Rand Boulevard, Sarasota, FL 34238, and Unity Church of Venice, 125 N. Jackson Road, Venice, FL 34292.

To share a memory of Harry or to send a condolence to the family visit www.farleyfunerlahome.com.
Published in Express-News on Dec. 6, 2018
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