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OBITUARY

Robert "Bob" Beckman

June 4, 1934September 3, 2019
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Robert “Bob” Beckman, 85, of Davenport, beloved husband, father, grandfather and uncle, passed on to be with The Lord the morning of September 3, 2019. Visitation will be at St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church one hour before the funeral service at 11AM, Monday, September 9, 2019. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the General Fund/Youth at St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church. Online tributes may be expressed at www.rungemortuary.com. Burial will be in Pine Hill Cemetery, Davenport. Bob was born to Rudolph and Edith Beckman in 1934. He received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Pharmacy from The University of Iowa in 1956. In 1957, he was called to active Army duty and served in the Medical Unit at a Nike Missile Site in West Haven, CT. Bob was recalled to active duty in 1959 and was stationed at Camp McCoy, near Sparta, WI. It was in LaCrosse, where he met Linda Leitzke, when they were both out with their college and Army friends. They began a devoted and loving journey of 56 years, and together, raised two children, Bruce and Laura. After working for Walgreen’s in Council Bluffs and Cedar Falls, Bob and Linda returned to Bob’s hometown of Davenport in 1968, where he became co-owner of Rockingham Drug Store. After many years at Rockingham Drug, Hy-Vee provided him the opportunity to become Pharmacy Manager at their first Davenport location across the street. Bob worked as a Pharmacist for over 50 years, touching many lives with his friendly manner and sense of humor. Bob was a pillar of the West End community of Davenport and a devoted member of St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church, where he taught Sunday School for over 40 years. He also taught Confirmation classes and helped several boys achieve their “God & Country” and “God & Me” Awards through the Boy Scouts of America. Bob also served on the Church Council, various committees, including Youth, and most recently, served on the Southeastern Iowa Synod Council. Bob was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan and enjoyed researching family history, traveling, and writing about topics he was passionate about. He also loved games, reading, and spending time with his family. Bob was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity, the Boy Scouts of America, the Fraternal Order of Masons, and the American Pharmaceutical Association. He is survived by his loving wife; Linda Beckman, son; Bruce Beckman of Davenport, daughter; Laura (Roy) McKinstry of Michigan, grandsons; Andrew Crowell & Ian McKinstry of Michigan, sister; Mary Ann Weisenborn of Illinois, sister-in-law; Sandra Logan of Tennessee, and several nieces and nephews who loved their Uncle Bob very much. The family would like to give a special thanks to all staff and personnel at Genesis Medical Center for their care and support.

  • FAMILY

  • Rudolph Beckman, Father (deceased)
  • Edith Beckman, Mother (deceased)
  • Linda Beckman, Wife
  • Bruce Beckman, Son
  • Laura (Roy) McKinstry, Daughter
  • Andrew Crowell, Grandson
  • Ian McKinstry, Grandson
  • Mary Ann Weisenborn, Sister
  • Sandra Logan, Sister-in-law
  • He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Andrew Crowell ~ Grandson, Pallbearer
  • Roy McKinstry Son - in- Law, Pallbearer
  • Jack Weisenborn ~ Nephew, Pallbearer
  • Steve Weisenborn ~ Nephew, Pallbearer
  • Tom Weisenborn ~ Nephew, Pallbearer
  • Nathan Ruby ~ Family Friend, Pallbearer
  • Jim Griffin ~ Family Friend, Pallbearer
  • DONATIONS

  • The General Fund/Youth at St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church

Services

  • Visitation Monday, September 9, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, September 9, 2019

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Doug and Janet Bleitz

September 8, 2019

We were deeply saddened to read of Bob's passing. Even though we haven't seen each other for a number of years, we have fond memories of the fun times shared with your family and the Jaspers. Our sincere sympathy to all of the family.

Tracey Sparks

September 6, 2019

Sending condolences to the family.. I am truly saddened by the loss of this great man.. I loved him, his positive and loving attitude toward everything in life and his great smile.. May you all find peace and comfort in the memories you have..

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Biography

Robert "Bob" Beckman was known as many things to many people. He was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew him best, Robert will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

Robert was born on June 4, 1934 in Davenport, Iowa. He was the son of Rudolph and Edith (Atherton) Beckman.

Robert was raised with a sister, Mary Ann. Robert was usually involved in all sorts of activities with his siblings. He and his siblings experienced rivalries typical of a growing family, but they shared many life experiences over the years.

Robert enjoyed his college years, which may have been a challenge with all of the academics, responsibilities, and the sudden freedom that accompanied them, but Robert was able to manage the balancing act. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the University of Iowa in 1956.

On in 1963 Robert exchanged wedding vows with Linda Leitzke in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. Empathic and loyal, Robert was committed to making his new family happy.

Robert worked hard to be a good father to his children and he did his best to fulfill their needs. Robert was blessed with two children, one son, Bruce and a daughter, Laura. Another blessing for Robert was the gift of two grandsons, Andrew and Ian.

Fortunately, Robert enjoyed what he did for a living. Showing a strong work ethic, Robert worked diligently and did his best to succeed in his career. His primary occupation was a pharmacy. He was employed for Walgreen's in Council Bluffs and Cedar Falls, Iowa. In 1968, Bob returned to his hometown of Davenport and became a co-owner of Rockingham Drug Store. After many years at Rockingham Drug, Hy-Vee provided him the opportunity to become a Pharmacy Manger at their first Davenport location. Robert always sought to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

Robert was an Army veteran. He was in 1957 at the Medical Unity at a Nike Missile Site in West Haven, CT and in 1959, he served at Camp McCoy, near Sparta, WI. His fellow soldiers viewed him as a brother in arms and knew that he was as much a part of their family as their loved ones back home.

Robert enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were playing games, reading and spending time with his family. He was content to enjoy his favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

Throughout his life, Robert was a doer and was always actively involved in professional and community organizations. In high school, Robert was a member of the Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity, the Boy Scouts of America, the Fraternal Order of Masons, and the American Pharmaceutical Association. He also taught Confirmation classes and helped several boys achieve their “God & Country” and “God & Me” Awards through the Boy Scouts of America.

Robert’s faith was important to him. He was a member St. mark Evangelical Lutheran Church. During that time, he was he taught Sunday School for over 40 years. Bob also served on the church council.

Robert passed away on September 3, 2019 at Genesis East Medical Center. He is survived by loving wife; Linda Beckman, son; Bruce Beckman of Davenport, daughter; Laura (Roy) McKinstry of Michigan, grandsons; Andrew Crowell & Ian McKinstry of Michigan, sister; Mary Ann Weisenborn of Illinois, sister-in-law; Sandra Logan of Tennessee, and several nieces and nephews who loved their Uncle Bob very much. Services were held at St. Mark Lutheran Church. Robert was laid to rest in Pine Hill Cemetery.

Simply stated, Robert was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by his family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Robert leaves behind him a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life he touched will always remember Robert "Bob" Beckman.