Obituary

Matt Beckman
February 8, 1946 - May 20, 2018

Matt Beckman

Matt Beckman
Feb 8, 1946 - May 20, 2018

Matt Beckman
Iframe toggler
Free Newsletter
Send Sympathy Gifts
Find Us On Facebook

SIGOURNEY-Matthew Phillip (Matt) Beckman was born in Sperry Iowa on February 8th, 1946 to Martin and Hazel Beckman. He died unexpectedly on May 20th, 2018 at age 72.
Matt graduated from Notre Dame High School in Burlington Iowa and later obtained a Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Iowa. He joined the United States Navy September 3, 1968 at the Glenview Naval Air Station. He spent 22 years as a pilot flying S-2's, A-3's and A-4's with ten of those years flying off aircraft carriers. In 1988, he retired as a Commander and Vietnam Veteran. After Matt's career in the Navy, he then spent 25 years as a corporate pilot for Motorola retiring in 2016.
While stationed at NAS North Island, San Diego, Matt met his wife of 46 years, Sheila Hammes. They married on October 9th, 1971 in What Cheer, Iowa. Matt was a proud and loving father of his three sons and three grandsons. Matt's passion in life was his flying. His career often kept him away from home, but afforded him many wonderful travels and plenty of time for his history reading. Once retired, he was able to concentrate on other interests--bicycling, traveling, and horseback riding. His new passion then became his three grandsons. He told his wife to tell everyone to vote Democratic in November so the environment will be saved for his grandsons....
A great man will be missed by many!
Matt is survived by his wife, Sheila; three sons Andrew, Alex (Megan), and Nathan (Dorsey) Beckman; three grandchildren Dawson, Bennett and Knox Beckman, all living in Denver. Also surviving are his three sisters Joan (Ray) Flores, Patricia (Fred) Smith, and Judith (Lyle) Grondin; and his two brothers John (Bonnie) Beckman and Paul (Lin) Beckman. In-laws include Jeanette Hammes, Dan (Sue) Hammes, Cindy (Steve) Hauschilt, Ted (Terri) Hammes, Scott (Deb) Hammes, Lynn (Christine) Hammes, and Todd (Valerie) Hammes. He was proceeded in death by his parents Martin and Hazel, brother Bernard, and father-in-law Floyd Hammes.

Funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Sigourney, with Rev. Charles Fladung officiating. Burial will be at a later date at the Iowa Veteran's Cemetery near Van Meter. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at the church, where there will be a wake service at 4:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to Paralyzed Veterans of America or Vietnam Veterans of America. Powell Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Sigourney is caring for Matt and his family. Tributes may be made at www.powellfuneralhomes.com.

Healing Registry on May 29, 2018

Candle4 people have supported the family by purchasing them flowers or gifts from the Healing Registry.

Buy Gift Now

Brett on Jun 7, 2018

Didn't get to spend near enough time with Matt but the time spent was a joy. Always a gentleman but with the gleam in his eye that let you know under the right circumstances he could be scoundrel. Got to ride RAGBRAI once with him and as we were riding he said something to the effect of "lets hit it" We both were doing our best and passing group after group. We were feeling like we were really something until we heard someone say on your left. It was a small group riding with Lance Armstrong. They blew by us like we were standing still. That put us in our place and we settled back in with the common folk for the last couple miles before it was beer thirty. Will miss you buddy.

Paul Quirk on May 31, 2018

Shelia and Family, so sorry to hear of Matt’ s passing.He was a great pilot and an American Hero. I truly enjoyed our flights together with Motorola and a beer or two afterwards. As retired military I think we had a special bond and Matt would comfortably talk freely about Shelia and the boys. I regret we didn’t have time for one final toast together and wish him clear skies and smooth sailing. Paul Quirk

John Stemmler on May 30, 2018

We were so sorry to hear of Matt's sudden passing. Although we didn't see you folks much we always enjoyed our conversations when together. Unfortunately we were unable to attend Shelia, but want you, your Mom, and your family to know you are all in our thoughts and prayers. John ansd Annette Stemmler

Kathy Powers on May 27, 2018

I’m saddened to hear of the passing of Matt. He always had a smile. Soft spoken and upbeat. Met him as a customer who quickly became a friend. Fly with the angels Mr. Beckmann.

Mark Matzuka on May 25, 2018

I was shocked to hear of Matt's passing. I worked with Matt for nearly 15 years at Motorola, we flew all over the world together, a true gentleman and an excellent pilot, he will be deeply missed. My most sincere condolences to Sheila and the family.

Mark Matzuka on May 25, 2018

Matt in N551M.

Duke Grondin on May 23, 2018

Matt is a Success...as he has lived well, laughed often and loved much; has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of children; has filled his niche and accomplished his task; and leaves the world better than He found it; and looked for the best in others, and gave the best he had. God Bless the Beckman family. Duke Grondin

Tony pitsch on May 22, 2018

We are so stunned and saddened for your family. We will be thinking of you during this difficult time. - Tony & Yvonne Pitsch/Sigourney Body Shop

Judith Grondin on May 22, 2018

Oh Matthew - what a wonderful brother - you'll be so missed. My love to Sheila and the boys. He was blessed to have such a great family. God Bless - Judy

Videos

Photos

Add a photo

Visitation

May
29
Tuesday
St. Mary Catholic Church - Sigourney
415 E. Pleasant Valley
SIGOURNEY, IA 52591
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Wake Service 4:00 pm

Service

May
30
Wednesday
St. Mary Catholic Church - Sigourney
415 E. Pleasant Valley
SIGOURNEY, IA 52591
11:00 AM

Gifts that Matter

Help show your support to the family during this difficult time by providing them a gift of sympathy flowers, gift baskets, and more. It's secure and easy, plus we'll ship your gift directly to the services.

Browse our products
*Due to time restrictions, delivery to service is unavailable.

Have a floral question? Call +1 888-640-1035

Healing Registry Unavailable at the Moment!

Loading...

Product Name

Description

$0

-
+

Your Shopping Cart is Empty

Jane Doe ×

What's your email address?

What Would You Like Written on the Card?

Choose a Delivery Date

* Note: Flower deliveries are limited to the highlighted delivery dates. Sunday deliveries are not available for flowers.

Where Would You Like To Deliver To

 
 

No obituaries found

Product Details

Loading...

Product Name

Description

$0

Iframe toggler
Free Newsletter
Send Sympathy Gifts
Find Us On Facebook
Matt Beckman

Sign in to add your memory

We will never post without permission

Matt Beckman

Share Photo/Memorial Tributes

Matt Beckman

Add to Your Calendar

Matt Beckman

Obit Checkin

Matt Beckman

Obituary Notifications

Grief Support

Matt Beckman

Get Updates - tribute notifications

Thank you for sharing your memory of Matt

Help show your support by providing a gift of flowers and spreading the word.

Gift of Flowers

Offer comfort and support to the family with beautiful flowers and spreads

Send Flowers Browse Flowers

Spread the Word

Help friends and acquaintances of Matt leave memories by sharing to Facebook

Share to Facebook Share on Facebook


Williamsburg
407 North Highland St.
Williamsburg, IA 52361
North English
116 West Broad Street
North English, IA 52316
Sigourney
105 North Jefferson Street
Sigourney, IA 52591
Wellman
415 7th Avenue
Wellman, IA 52356
Keota
203 South Green Street
Keota, IA 52248
Kalona
504 12th Street
Kalona, IA 52247