Herbert T. Beckhusen
November 22, 1939 – April 27, 2019
Herbert “Herb” Thomas Beckhusen, 79, passed away Saturday, April 27th 2019 surrounded by his family. Herb was born November 22, 1939 in Toledo, OH to Paul H. and Frieda (Huss) Beckhusen. Herb graduated from Jackson Liberty High School, Bascom, OH in 1957. Herb lived a very full life. After high school, he joined the United States Navy, proudly serving his country from 1959 to 1965. Concluding his service aboard the USS Francis Marion. On May 27, 1967, Herb married the love of his life Shirley Ann Freeman of Coldwater (Kinderhook). Together they raised 4 sons and 2 daughters, which eventually grew into Herb becoming “Papa” to eighteen grandchildren he absolutely adored. Herb loved to drive. For most of his career, he was a semi driver and driving instructor, retiring in 2003. Prior to that, he operated Freeman’s Service Station in Kinderhook, Michigan. Herb’s passion for volunteering and giving back included serving as an adult leader for Boy Scout Troop 469 based at Lakeland Elementary School, being an original member of the Lakeland Volunteer Fire Department and serving on the Kinderhook Township Zoning Board. Herb treasured working in his wood shop with many of his beautiful projects resting in his family’s homes today. After retirement, he and Shirley loved traveling in their motorhome (Herb did all the driving) wherever it would take them. One of his favorite trips was a trip out West with Shirley and two of their closest friends. The other was always their annual trip to Yogi Bear campground with all their grandkids. Herb never knew a stranger and would strike up a conversation with anyone who looked his way. His sense of humor and one-liners were contagious and will surely be reminisced in stories about him for years to come. However, Herb’s proudest accomplishment and biggest joy were his children and their families. His face would light up with pride whenever they were mentioned. He loved them unconditionally and his role of husband, dad and Papa will be greatly missed. Herb is survived by Shirley, his wife of 52 years. Their children, Paul (Julie) Beckhusen, Eric (Dawn) Beckhusen, Neil (Erin) Beckhusen, Robin (Deric) Reichhart, Larry (Deb) Smith and Dawn Losinski. Herb’s grandchildren who always brought a smile to his face: Paul’s children – Jacob, Morgan and Maddie Beckhusen; Eric’s children – Luke, Brady and Damon Beckhusen; Neil’s children – Joshua, Jena and Emma Beckhusen and Jesse (Olivia) Johnson; Robin’s children – Miles Scott, Aimee (Nathan) Miller, Katie (Matt) Lamb and Kira Reichhart; Larry’s children – Connor and Cara Smith; Dawn’s children – Corey (Liz) Losinski and Alicia (Ben) Himebaugh. His family didn’t end there…Herb also had twelve great grandchildren. The family is being cared for by Beams Funeral Home in Fremont, Indiana where a private family service will take place Thursday, May 2nd. A visitation to celebrate Herb’s life will be held on Thursday, May 2, 2019 from 4 to 8 PM at the Dearth Center in Coldwater, Michigan. In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to the Coldwater High School Athletic Department – Beckhusen Memorial. Funds will be utilized for a special project.
Coldwater High School Athletic Department
o/o Beckhusen Memorial , Coldwater, Michigan 49036
- Celebration of Life Thursday, May 2, 2019
Herbert T. Beckhusen
May 2, 2019
There are some events that we never forget about with close friends. One that I’ve fondly remembered for decades occurred the very first time that I had contact with Herb. It took place in front of the Kansas Elementary School on a very snowy day about 72 years ago. We were third graders, and I believe it was the first day Herb attended school in Kansas. As I remember the event, a few boys were pelting me with a barrage of snowballs. This tall blonde boy, dressed in a brown and black plaid winter coat and stocking cap walked up and said, “looks like you could use a little help fella,” and immediately started making and throwing snowballs at my attackers. Needless to say, it’s been a wonderful 72 years of many connections with Herb and Shirley and occasionally with their family. It has been a history of laughing, of friendship, and of pure enjoyment. We are indeed fortunate to have known Herb. He will be missed.
April 30, 2019
Sorry to know of Herb passing. I enjoyed the conversations with Shirley and Herb. They were a fun couple to visit with. Herb will be greatly missed by his family and friends. My thoughts and prayers goes to his wife, Shirley and family.
April 29, 2019
My earliest memories of growing up in the 70’s around Uncle Herb are that I was scared to death of him. He had a gravely voice from years of smoking and loved to tease us kids. He was a tough guy, always reminded me of Clint Eastwood, or the truck driver in “Smokey and the Bandit” especially since he was a truck driver too. It wasn’t until I was fully grown and saw the pride Uncle Herb took in his tiny houses he collected, putting up whole Christmas villages all over his house that I got to see his soft side and realized he was a giant teddy bear. RIP Uncle Herb, you finished the race as a true winner. A wonderful husband, father, grandfather and uncle. I know you’re up in heaven celebrating with Jesus! Love you❤️