Roy Beckmann, of Fredericksburg, passed away on Monday, July 28, at the age of 75.
Roy was born in Fredericksburg on September 27, 1932, the only child of Max H. and Julia Zirjack Beckmann. He was baptized and confirmed at Bethany Lutheran Church. After graduating from Fredericksburg High School in 1950 he attended Tarleton State and graduated from Texas Tech University (then college) in 1955 with a degree in agriculture education. While attending Texas Tech, he married Janet Weirich. After graduation, Roy served his country as an officer in the U.S. Army.
After serving in the army, Roy and Jan returned to Fredericksburg where they both became active in the community and helped run the family businesses, Beckmann Funeral Home and Beckmann Furniture Company. Beckmann Furniture is now the oldest business in Gillespie County. In addition to being a businessman, Roy was also engaged in ranching in the Harper area. He also served on the board of directors of Community Savings and was one of the founders and a board member of Pioneer National Bank (now American Bank of Texas). While he was a successful businessman, Roy most enjoyed being a rancher.
Roy believed in serving his community. He was past president of the Fredericksburg Lions Club and served as a director of the Lions Club Camp For Children in Kerrville, he was a member and past master of the Masonic Lodge and he was also a member of the Shrine. He served on the church council of Bethany Lutheran Church and on the stewardship committee at Holy Ghost Lutheran. He was a member of the Fredericksburg and Harper Chambers of Commerce. He also helped provide Gillespie County with ambulance service for many years. Only someone involved with this can appreciate the personal sacrifices in time and family that this required. He donated generously of his time and resources to help those in need and to make Gillespie County a better place.
Roy is survived by his wife Jan, 3 children, Randall Beckmann, Barbi Hagel and husband Keith (whom he loved as a son), Max Beckmann, 7 grandchildren Brooke and Caitlin Beckmann, Christopher and Tyler Beckmann, and Braiden, Karson and Holli Kate Hagel.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 30 at 3:00 p.m. at Holy Ghost Lutheran Church with Rev. David Priem officiating. Interment will follow in Der Stadt Friedhof. Visitation with the family will be Tuesday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. at Beckmann Funeral Home. Serving as pallbearers will be Stanley Ernst, Bob Jacks, Bob Heinen, Curtis Weirich, Jim Lomax, Randall McBride, Dayton Eckhardt and Wayne Geistweidt. Honorary pallbearers will be Roy’s grandchildren and members of the Hill Country Funeral Director’s Association.
Memorials in his honor may be made to Holy Ghost Lutheran Church Building Fund, the Lions Club Camp for Children or to the charity of one’s choice.