Howard T. Beekman

July 23, 1949July 18, 2014
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Howard T. Beekman, age 64, of Coldwater, Michigan, formerly of Angola, Indiana, passed away July 18, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Hospital of Fort Wayne, Indiana, due to complications from a truck accident.

He was born in Angola on July 23, 1949, the son of Robert Arthur and Beverly (McCombs) Beekman.

Howard graduated from Angola High School in 1968. While helping his father with the family business, Shorty’s Sewer Service in Angola, he also attended Tri-State College in Angola.

In 1970 he joined the United States Army, serving for 23 years, and he retired in 1993. He then came home and helped his mother with the family business, Shorty’s Sewer Service, Inc., and he became sole owner in 1997.

Howard married Luanne Boocher on May 14, 1971 in Fremont, Indiana.

Howard’s hobbies included, antiquing, bucket making (Coopering), Tin Smithing, broom making, traveling, reading, going to movies, cooking, making candy, ice cream, and soups, and he enjoyed playing Castle Age on facebook, and he loved his family very much.

He was a member of the Coldwater Lake Association, and was a former member of the Lions Club in Dakota City, Iowa. Survivors include his wife, Luanne Beekman of Coldwater, MI., his mother, Beverly Beekman of Angola, IN., a son, Joseph Allen & Sharon Louise Booth of Sarasota, FL., two daughters, Katrina M. & Jayson Baird of Rosemount, MN., and Kasandra Amanda Beekman and her fiancée Clifford Wayne Jones of North Port, FL, six grandchildren, Tyler Stahl, Drew Booth, Claudia Baird, Noah Baird, Howard Jones, and Xavier Jones, two great-grandchildren, Evan Stahl and Keegan Booth, and two sisters, Becky & Frank Turner of Wellington, FL., and Bobbie Strabbing & Duane Shutt of Bloomington, IN. He was preceded in death by his father Robert Arthur Beekman.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 pm and 6 to 8 pm Tuesday July 22, 2014 at Beams Funeral Home of Fremont, Indiana.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 am Wednesday July 23, 2014 at The Assembly Of God Church, 1405 North Williams Street, Angola, Indiana, with Pastor Ronald Moore officiating.

Burial will be at Greenlawn Cemetery, Orland, Indiana, with military honors conducted by members of the Angola American Legion.

Memorials may be made to Assembly Of God Church, Angola, IN., Orland American Legion, Angola American Legion, or to the Coldwater Lake Association.


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Kathy Clevenger/Nelson

July 26, 2014

LuAnne, I was shocked when I saw this in the paper online. I am so sorry, I know how much Howard meant too you. Thinking of you in this time of your loss. You will be in my prayers.

Ed Radabaugh

July 23, 2014

Sorry for your loss. Prayers to all the family. We have fond memories of Howard.
Ed and Jennifer Radabaugh.

Mary Shearer

July 23, 2014

My deepest sympathy to Mrs. Beekman and family. She was always so kind to me and my mother, Lillian Keipper. I was truly sorry to hear of her husband's death.
Sincerely, Mary Shearer

sharon corley

July 22, 2014

You are sorely missed How...You gave heart and soul to our battle games in Castle Age and are missed very much..May God grant peace and comfort to your family and know you are loved by many for your strength and courage...It is a comfort to know you are with our Lord celebrating in Heaven for your service to him on Earth.

Melissa Linder

July 22, 2014

Katrina, LuAnn, Joe, Cassie and families - our thoughts, prayers, and love are with you during this difficult time. May the love and support of God and your family and friends help you through.
The Linders
Carl, Melissa, Carl V, and Megan

Lisa Ford

July 21, 2014

Prayers are with How's family in your time of grief.

July 21, 2014

Luann I am so sorry for your loss my prayers are with you and your family cindra nalley

Joanne Lee

July 21, 2014

Condolences from all at Redemption guild to How's friends and family,
We all came to meet How via a game on facebook called Castle Age. It is more than just a game, great friendships are forged. How enjoyed playing the game as a member of Redemption Guild and influenced many with his Gracefulness, respect of others, kindness, loyalty and was an Inspiration to many. Lovely man with a heart of gold, he will truely be missed but never forgotten. We are so blessed to have spent time with him on a game he loved so much and he has a place in our hearts. Much respect to our wonderful friend and brother and may you rest in peace until we meet again How,
Thank you from your fellow guild mates and Alex Revis (Guild Master)

July 21, 2014

Luann, So sorry for your loss.
Barbara Hamman

July 21, 2014

So sorry for your loss.God Bless you and your family .Paulette and Leon LeBlanc-Rosen