Bill proudly served our nation in the U.S. Air Force. He trained dogs and he loved to travel in his RV with his loving wife, Julie. Bill was a huge Arkansas Razorback fan. He was a great Dad and Grandpa Bill. He enjoyed music and even played guitar from time to time. Bill Beckel will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Brunhilde Beckel; a brother, Edwin Reid Beckel; and a sister, Ida Delores Givens.
Bill is survived by his wife, Julie Green Beckel of the home; a daughter, Catrina Horton of Springdale, Arkansas; three grandchildren, Amber Selby and husband Eric of Ft. Smith, Arkansas, Nicholas Robbins of Springdale, Arkansas, and Ian Horton of Rogers, Arkansas; two step-children, Timothy Luhrsen and wife Michelle of Galena, Missouri, and Melissa Micari of Rolling Meadows, Illinois; six step-grandchildren, Erik and wife Paula, Amanda, Elias, Emily, Matthew, and Alicia; a great-grandchild, Connor Selby; two step-great-grandchildren, Landen and Kaden Luhrsen; and his beloved dog, Smokey.
A memorial service will be held 11:30 am, Friday, January 2, 2015, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Springfield, Missouri, with Pastor Katherine Hayes officiating. Inurnment will follow at Missouri Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Soldier on Service Dogs www.soldieronservicedogsinc.org/donations in memory of Bill.