Gregory B. Beckman

September 29, 1958 - February 07, 2020

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Tuesday, February 11, 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home - Kendallville Chapel

Wednesday, February 12, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Cultivate Church, 500 South Main Street, LaOtto


Wednesday, February 12, 11:00 AM
Cultivate Church, 500 South Main Street, LaOtto


Gregory Brian Beckman, 61, of Kendallville passed away Friday, February 7, 2020, at Parkview Noble Hospital in Kendallville after a valiant, nearly three-year battle with gastric cancer.

He was born September 29, 1958, in Huntington to Albert Ronald “Ron” and Charlene (Fruechtenicht) Beckman.

On April 17, 1982, he married Sheila R. Johnson in Bluffton.

Mr. Beckman moved to Kendallville in 1982, coming from Huntington. In 1985, he and his wife moved to Rochester where he opened an office for Edward Jones and was a financial advisor. Always wanting to move back to the Kendallville area, an opening became available with Edward Jones in Kendallville in 1991, and he and his family made Kendallville their home.

He faithfully attended Cultivate Church in LaOtto.

Greg’s greatest joy was coaching his children in sports. He was a fan of the Cincinnati Reds, IU basketball and a shareholder of the Green Bay Packers. Spending time with family was very important to Greg, and he felt fortunate to have them nearby these past few weeks. He also dearly loved the Christmas holiday, listening to Christmas music year round. Greg’s best attribute was laughing with his family and friends, and that will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.

Surviving are his wife, Sheila Beckman of Kendallville; a son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Kristen Beckman of Cincinnati, OH; a daughter and son-in-law, Rochelle (Beckman) and Travis Guffey of Louisville, KY; three grandchildren, Clara Beckman, Annelise Beckman, and Guffey baby due in August 2020; his mother, Charlene Beckman of Huntington; two brothers, Mike (MaryLou) Beckman of Granger and Mark (Kathy) Beckman of Garrett; and a sister Julie (Aaron) Chastain of McCordsville; as well as beloved nieces, nephews, a great-niece and a great-nephew.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ron Beckman.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, February 12, 2020, at 11 a.m. at Cultivate Church, 500 South Main Street, LaOtto with Pastor Aaron Lee officiating. Burial will follow at Orange Township Cemetery near Rome City.

Calling is Tuesday, February 11, 2020, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the church.

Preferred memorials are to Kendallville Youth Baseball or Kendallville Girls Softball League. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

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Tony Manes
March 28th, 2020 7:03pm
Fresno, CA

I remember Greg as someone with a good heart & ready smile. Rest In Peace, my friend.. Condolences to his family.

Darrell V Poer
March 20th, 2020 1:20am
Lake Monroe

I hadn't seen Greg in over 45 years. My memories of him are limited to grade school and junior high years, I remember he was good-natured and quick to laugh. I played Little League and Pony League with and against Greg. I loved watching him pitch, except when I was in the batter's box. He had so many different pitches, windups, and arm angles, not to mention heat on his fastball. My favorite movie reel is Greg winding up and rotating all the way around until he was facing second base a la Luis Tiant. Then he'd spin back sling a heater underarm, sidearm, or three-quarters. One time in Pony League, Greg was on second base and took off for third on a grounder that the third baseman fielded. He turned to tag out Greg, who was coming full steam straight at him.. Suddenly, though, Greg stopped as if giving up. The third baseman relaxed for just a second and Greg spun around him in a 360 and dove for the bag. Safe! Take care, Greg, Hope to see you again someday.

Denny Jiosa
March 4th, 2020 3:38pm

I am so sorry to hear this news. I was just informed of Greg's passing. Greg was always so kind and happy to speak to me when we were fortunate enough to see each other. He also was one of the few friends who would occasionally reach out to me to catch up on what I was doing. My deepest condolences to the entire family. Denny Jiosa

Charleen (Crowl) Ruble
February 16th, 2020 1:11am
Warren, IN

OMGoodness........I am sorry sorry to hear about Gregg. I used to babysit for him and his two brothers many moons ago. I always thought it was so neat because their mothers name was Charlene and mine was Charleen. But now he lays peacefully with the Lord. No more pain.............Rest in peace Gregg ! I’m sure your dad was waiting for you! Love and hugs to your wife and family!

Ed and Christine O'Beirne
February 15th, 2020 3:32pm
Cincinnati, Ohio

Greg Beckman, whose company we enjoyed immensely, gave us one of our lives greatest gifts - his son and our dear friend, Brian. The father/son resemblance is uncanny, for both shared intelligence, humor, and expansive caring hearts. Mr. Beckman fought a courageous and valiant battle. He leaves behind a wonderful family who shall miss him terribly but bring him honor in their fond memories of a very special man.

Ron & Mary Ann Scher
February 12th, 2020 7:02pm
Warren, Indiana

Our thoughts and so very many prayers are with that wonderful Beckman family, may God bless you and give you peace of mind with all the loving memories of Greg --- such a special spirit!🙏📿❣️

Calvin and Nona Bender
February 12th, 2020 12:41am

We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers and thoughts. We are thinking of you in your time of sorrow.

Jill (Matheny) Fuqua
February 12th, 2020 12:15am

You’re in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry for your loss.

Ramonda E Bickel
February 11th, 2020 3:33pm

Our deepest sympathy to Greg's family. He will truly be missed by everyone! Cancer is never easy but now he will be pain free. Blessing Greg!

Kathy & Phil Troyer
February 11th, 2020 1:14pm
Fort Wayne

Sheila and family, we’ve been praying for you for many months and will continue to do so. We are grateful Greg is healed and walking with His Savior. We pray you will find comfort in knowing he is pain-free and you will see him again. You and your family mean so much to us.

Ronda Walter
February 11th, 2020 3:43am
Mt. Juliet, TN

Sheila, Brian, Rochelle & family members, We are incredibly sad to hear of Greg’s passing. What a long and courageous struggle you’ve all been through. We treasure our memories of his joyful laugh, his orneriness, and his loyal friendship. What an inspiration he has been to us and will continue to be. We loved him, and we’re so sorry we can’t be there to pay our respects in person. We will continue praying for all of you, for comfort, strength and peace. With our love & prayers, - Ronda & Brian Walter

Joy Conley
February 11th, 2020 2:59am

Sorry to hear of Greg's passing. He has many friends with happy memories of him from his school years in Huntington. Prayers to your family. HNHS Class of 1976

Kris Young
February 11th, 2020 2:57am

To all who loved Greg, I send my heartfelt wishes for comfort. He was a force of nature! I have many great memories of our Children of Faith days. May be rest high on that mountain.

Susan Brown (Susi Briggs)
February 10th, 2020 11:45pm
Huntington, IN

My heartfelt sympathy to Sheila and family in the loss of Greg. When anyone thinks of Greg, they have to think of his great sense of humor and quick wit. So many memories of Greg from Children of Faith and high school years. He is a true man of God and his faith has always been apparent throughout his life. "Well done thy good and faithful servant." Praying for God's faithful and loving arms to wrap around you, Sheila and family, as your tear flow in memory of Greg. God bless you.

Paul and Ruby Young
February 10th, 2020 10:25pm
Bluffton Ind

Thinking of you and family with prayers.

Vicki Downend
February 10th, 2020 8:34pm
Fort Wayne

The Pyromation HR team extends our deepest sympathies and please know your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Stan Kessler
February 10th, 2020 7:33pm

Peace and Grace and rest from the pilgrimage. Thanks for your attentive serving.

Steven Guhl
February 10th, 2020 5:55pm
Palmetto, Fl

God bless your family my dear friend. Thank you for many tears of friendship!!

Alanna Coffelt
February 10th, 2020 5:32pm
Wolf Lake, Indiana

To the Beckman family. I am so very sorry to hear of Greg's death. I know he went through many hard times these past three years, and I thought about him often. I worked at Edward Jones on Main St. in Kendallville for 11 years and talked to Greg often. When I sent him birthday and Jones Anniversary emails., he always wrote back to thank me. He was such a gentleman and dedicated to his clients. My prayers are for you and your family.

Terry Covella
February 10th, 2020 5:02pm

May God comfort you and your family during this difficult time.

Carla Zurcher
February 10th, 2020 3:27pm
Huntington, Indiana

Dear Sheila, Brian, Rochelle & Beckman & Johnson Families, You have all been in my thoughts and prayers these past few days ever since I heard about Greg's "Home going.." His loss definitely leaves a hole in all of our lives. Time and space do not permit me to go into detail about all the memories I have of Greg. They span from the first time I ever met Greg in Betty McAllister's 4th grade class at Central School and go clear up to our adult years. We were Huntington North Vikings' fans together. We were IU Basketball fans together, My memories of him in Children of Faith are also endless. Sheila, I was so happy when you and Greg got together because I knew you and your sisters and I knew he was marrying into an awesome family. May all of you be comforted in knowing that all of that pain and suffering from his cancer are behind him now. He is rejoicing in the presence of the Lord and is being reunited with Mr. Beckman, and other family and friends who have gone on before him (I'm pretty sure Mom has already greeted him!!!).. We do not grieve as the world grieves, as those who have no hope. We have that hope and faith that we will all be reunited someday. Again, May the God of all comfort be with you in the days ahead. Carla Zurcher

Diane Haines
February 10th, 2020 1:19pm

Sheila, I was recently going through some memory boxes and found pictures, program and the thank you note I kept from Greg for playing at your wedding. Made me smile, as Greg always did. My sincerest condolences to your family.

Bill Powers
February 10th, 2020 12:36pm

Sheila,Brian & Rochelle so sorry for Greg’s passing. I will miss him too. We talked sports every week...and complained about paperwork.

Kathy Sanders
February 10th, 2020 5:13am
Bedford Indiana

Love and prayers!

Bill madsen
February 10th, 2020 4:48am
Muskego, wisconsin

Greg and I are both financial advisors with edward Jones. Met him in St. Louis in 1992 and became instant friends as packer backers. I will miss our Monday morning quarterbacking. No more pain for Greg. Always remember the good times. It will sustain you. My best always to the Beckman family. Sincerely, Bill madsen

Teddy Saunders
February 9th, 2020 1:45am
Huntington, IN

Where do I even begin!? So many memories with Greg! Playing sports with him in school. Acting crazy with him at home football and basketball games. Goofing around with him in class together. He was such a joy to be around!! I am truly blessed to have been his friend! Rest In Peace!,......Greg!

Marcia (Whittum) Woodard
February 9th, 2020 1:01am
Swayzee, Indiana

I met Greg at the start of 5th grade. I was at a new school, due to re-districting. I was a late bloomer and small for my age, I got teased and felt overwhelmed. Greg was dependably courteous and kind—not just to me, but to everyone. Looking back, I believe that he was just living out his faith, and is now enjoying the reward prepared for him.

Doug Holmes
February 9th, 2020 12:33am
Chicago, IL

Greg was my fellow classmate and teammate at Crestview Jr. High. Greg and I also shared a locker, My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Christopher Smurr
February 8th, 2020 11:16pm
Bellevue, NE

I will always remember Greg’s infectious laugh, high energy and extreme kindness towards everyone he knew. He will be missed dearly by all.

February 8th, 2020 10:47pm

I will always remember your awesome sense of humor! You will be missed at the class reunions! RIP my friend. Go Packers!