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Douglas L. “Doug” Beckman

Visitation:  Friday, June 19, 2020, 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M., Trinity Lutheran Church, 512 2nd Street, Glenwood, Iowa.

Services:  Saturday, June 20, 2020, 1:00 P.M., Trinity Lutheran Church, 512 2nd Street, Glenwood, Iowa.

Doug Beckman was born December 8, 1938 in Worthington, Minnesota to Clarence and Esther (Barnes) Beckman. He attended country school and graduated from Fulda High School. He attended Worthington Junior College, then earned his Bachelor of Science degree from South Dakota State University. Doug married Jeanette Tolzin on June 10, 1960.

Doug worked as an Extension Agent in South Dakota before moving to Glenwood in 1964. He was employed by Glenwood Public Schools, teaching Vocational Agriculture and Junior High Earth Science for 28 years. Doug earned a Master’s Degree at Creighton University. The Beckman’s farmed for many years and retired from farming in 2007. Doug served on the Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors for six years.

Doug was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. Throughout his life, he was a volunteer and member of many organizations including: Glenwood Optimist Club, Mills County Extension Council, Mills County 4-H, Mills County Farm Bureau, Glenwood/Mills County Economic Development Committee, Mills County Soil and Water Conservation Board, Originating Board member of the SIRE Ethanol Plant and the Iowa Quality Producers Alliance. He enjoyed golfing, traveling, woodworking, fishing and wintering in Arizona. He found great joy in spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Preceding Doug in death were his parents, his wife Jeanette, son Steve Beckman, grandson Caleb Beckman, sister Carol Neal and brother Lyle Beckman. He is survived by his daughters: Sherry Ford and Kristi (Bill) Norgaard; daughter-in-law Paula Beckman; grandchildren: Allie (Nick) Paulson, Cassie Ford, Nick (Katie) Norgaard, Shayla Norgaard and Joshua Beckman; great-grandchildren: Liam and Ella Paulson; brothers; Gary (Alvina) Beckman and Jim (Irene) Beckman and many other relatives and friends.

Memorials may be directed to Mills County 4-H Endowment or Mills County Farm Bureau Scholarship.

Interment, Glenwood Cemetery, Glenwood, Iowa.

17 Condolences

  • Richard Wagaman Posted June 17, 2020 8:05 am

    Jana day family, I am so sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. I have many memories of Doug as my vocational ag teacher, the many things that he did at the county level and as a friend. Our condolences to the family and Jan, I have often remembered the times in the PEP program. May God hold you close at this most difficult time!

  • Andy / Karen Kraber Posted June 17, 2020 12:20 pm

    We are so very sorry to hear of your fathers passing. Our hears and prayer’s go out to you and your family in this time of difficult time.

  • Dan L Kahl Posted June 17, 2020 10:27 pm

    Doug was a great leader in the Mills County 4H programs and I remember his tireless support and passion for agriculture and livestock education to those in the Lively Oaks 4H club and students in the Glenwood School District. His family has my deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences.

  • Linda Goos Posted June 18, 2020 1:47 pm

    My heart goes out to all of Doug’s family on his passing.

  • Helen Schatz Posted June 18, 2020 4:04 pm

    Sherry and Kristie, I am so very sorry for the loss of your father. He was a kind, gentle and caring soul. He and your mother and your family were wonderful family friends of our family for many years. Your family has had so much tragedy my heart goes out to you sweet girls. You have my thoughts, prayers, and sympathy during this sad time in your life. Loving regards, Helen Schatz

  • Cody Bloemker (Spillum) Posted June 18, 2020 5:14 pm

    This breaks my heart. Many hugs and prayers to his family. I loved his class and have such fond memories of his class. I’m beyond saddened by this news.

  • Jack & Pat McManigal Posted June 18, 2020 5:15 pm

    Jack & I are shocked & so very sorry to see the passing of Doug. Jack had a lot of fun times on fishing trips with Doug. Our Sincere Sympathy, Jack and Pat

  • Charlene Coffey Posted June 18, 2020 5:15 pm

    Sad news. I worked at the Middle School with Doug for years, and have a lot of fond memories of him. Great teacher, great man. He will be missed. Prayers to Kristi and Sherry.

  • Jack and Pat McManigal Posted June 18, 2020 5:18 pm

    Jack & I are so shocked & so sorry to see the passing of Doug. Jack had many fun fishing trips with Doug.
    Our Sincere Sympathy, Jack & Pat McManigal

  • Dan Benscoter and Sandy Posted June 18, 2020 5:36 pm

    Our Hearts and Prayers are with Doug’s Dear Family. It was great fishing with Doug on the many Minnesota fishing trips. God Bless You All.

  • Max JOHNSON Posted June 18, 2020 5:51 pm

    I was sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. My prayers go out for Doug’s family. I have many memories of Doug as my vocational ag teacher. He was a great teacher and served the community in many ways.
    May your memories help you through this time of sadness. God Bless.

  • Elizabeth Colpitts Posted June 18, 2020 5:56 pm

    Family and Friends… I am saddened to learn of Mr. Beckman’s passing. As my 8th-grade Science teacher, he reinforced my love of science. I wish you Peace.

  • Bob & Carla (Hindman) Bolter Posted June 19, 2020 3:58 pm

    So very sorry to hear of your Dads passing. My heart goes out to you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Jim and Laurie McKnight Posted June 19, 2020 4:02 pm

    We were very sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. We have wonderful memories of Doug through Farm Bureau. Our condolences go out all family and friends.

  • Larry and Terri Winum Posted June 20, 2020 10:09 am

    Doug was a fantastic person. He was never about Doug , but always about what he could do for others and the community. I really enjoyed his counsel on the Ecomomic Develolment board, particularly as it related to agriculture. He will be missed but never forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
    Larry and Terri

  • Doug Gronau Posted June 21, 2020 8:55 am

    I served with Doug on the Iowa farm Bureau Board of Directors During his time there. I had great respect for his wisdom and thoughtfulness. My condolences to Doug’s family.

  • Vicki Lauenroth Posted July 1, 2020 9:25 am

    Sherry and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Comfort is gained through memories.

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