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Stephen A. "Steve" Beckman

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Stephen A. "Steve" Beckman Obituary
STEPHEN (STEVE) A. BECKMAN SEPTEMBER 18, 1932 - JANUARY 16, 2018 Steve left us and went into the arms of his Savior Jesus on January 16, 2018. Born on a farm in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, Steve learned the life principles that would guide him through his life. At around age 20 Steve left the farm for Iowa State University and after two years of study, heard the call to serve his country in the US Air Force. Steve became an aviator and served as a navigator, radar/bombardier, and later a pilot of the B-47 during the Cold War. As a young lieutenant, Steve met his best friend and beloved wife Ellie and they married in 1956 while stationed in Tampa, Florida. The two of them would go on to have four boys. While in the Air Force Steve finished college with a degree in Mathematics from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, and later earned a second degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology in Dayton, Ohio. Steve went on to further serve our country with a tour of duty in Vietnam. Returning home in 1970, he moved his family to Sacramento, CA where he would eventually retire as a Major after 20 years of service. Steve then went into banking and worked his way up to district manager with Crocker Bank, and when Wells Fargo acquired Crocker, he became the North Coast District Manager. By now Steve and Ellie were empty-nesters and relocated to Eureka, CA to assume his new duties. Steve enjoyed a productive career with Wells Fargo and was able to retire from banking at age 62. Steve's retirement didn't seem like it in definition as he stayed very busy serving on multiple boards, as an ombudsman for the elderly, serving his parish, as a Rotarian, and earning the Enrolled Agent certification which he used to help people prepare their taxes. The couple remained in Eureka until 2015 when they left many dear friends and returned to Sacramento to be closer to their sons. Steve is preceded in death by his son Michael and most recently by his younger brother Jerry. He is survived by his wife Ellie, his sister Margaret (Joe Zucco), his brother Tom (Margaret), his sons Stephen Jr. (Desli), Doug, Scott (Lori), grandchildren Douglas, Elise, Caroline, Derek, Jacob, Matthew, Alexa, Ashley (Anthony Ayala), Kaelyn, Nick and Shelby, great-grandchild Catarina, and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Steve enjoyed tennis with friends and family, running, and later golf with his boys. To sum up his life is to say that he knew the truth and lived it, understood sacrifice, was a servant leader, and passed on these values to his sons. We are eternally grateful to our Lord Jesus for him and look forward to seeing him again. A memorial mass will be held at Our Lady of Assumption Church in Carmichael on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 2 PM. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you donate to a . Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.com
Published in Eureka Times-Standard on Feb. 2, 2018
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