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Myron Charles “Bud” Beckman
Service: March 4, 2016
Myron Charles “Bud” Beckman
Myron Charles “Bud” Beckman age 88 of Watertown passed away on February 29th, 2016 at Marquardt Health Center in Watertown.
Bud was born on Oct. 12 1927 at the Beckman home in Beloit, WI to Charles W. and Elizabeth (Bessie) (Reichard) Beckman. He was the middle son of five boys. Bud’s family owned and operated the Beckman Mill and Dance Hall in Beloit, WI, which is now a historical landmark. Bud’s family was very musically talented and that talent followed him throughout his whole life.
Bud spent his high school years with an Aunt and Uncle and graduated from high school in Julesburg, CO in 1945. Following graduation, Bud joined the Army Reserves. He served in Japan during the US occupation as a cryptographer for the Army from 1946-47. After his service, he helped form a band called the Sloppy Five and used the proceeds to help fund his brothers’ and his own college educations. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison with a degree in music in 1952 and later earned a master's degree.
Bud married the love of his life, Karen Leigh McDonald on August 14, 1965. Together, they had three children. Bud taught band, vocal music, Spanish, math, and typing in various school districts including St. Mark’s and St. John’s in Watertown, WI. Early in his career, he taught band and chorus in Japan to children of Army personnel. He later joined the World Book Encyclopedia Company and moved to Platteville to be a district manager.
A man of strong faith, he was instrumental in starting a Missouri Synod Lutheran Church in Platteville.
In 1990, Bud and his brothers started The Friends of Beckman Mill, a nonprofit organization to restore the family home and mill.
In 1991 Bud and Karen moved to Watertown WI. He joined the First Brigade Band and played with them until his health failed.
Bud had many interests and hobbies in addition to his love of music. Bud had a 1924 Model T Ford which he and his brother, Buzz restored. He and his family also had a passion for Studebakers. He was an avid gardener. Throughout his life he had a love for foreign languages. He spoke Spanish and German and taught himself Japanese and Mandarin Chinese as well. Until his health failed, he greatly enjoyed his volunteer work teaching conversational English to the foreign students of UW Madison at Calvary Lutheran Chapel.
Music was always a part of Bud’s life. He taught, played, and enjoyed music. He has passed on his love of music to his children and grandchildren.
Bud is survived by his beloved wife of 5o years, Karen, and their three children, Laura (Rodney) Palmer, of Antigo; Marshall (Trish), of New Berlin; and Karl (Mandy) of DeForest. He has 7 grandchildren, Randell and Zachary Palmer; Mikayla, Amber, and Bryce Beckman; and Jake and Luke Lehman. He is further survived by a brother Harold (Buzz) (Fran) Beckman of Manitowoc, a sister-in law Arlene Beckman of Beloit, a niece and several nephews. Bud was preceded in death by his parents, and three brothers, William (Bill), Howard, and Ralph, and a sister-in-law Barb. Bud always put his family and friends first and they will all say that he is famous for his warm hugs.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, March 4, 2016 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Watertown with Rev. David K. Groth officiating. Family and friends may gather at the church from 9:00 AM until the time of the service. Burial will be at Newark Cemetery in rural Beloit at 3:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Bud’s memory may be given to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Watertown, WI; Friends of Beckman Mill, Beloit, WI; The First Brigade Band of Watertown, WI; and the Calvary Lutheran Chapel at UW Madison.
Hafemeister Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Watertown is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hafemeisterfh.com.
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