He was born on June 20, 1931, in Rockford, Il to Clarence and Genevieve (Matranga) Beckman.
He spent his early life in Rockford, Il Attended East H.S. in Rockford before entering the Army. He was stationed in Germany during the Korean War.
On February 26, 1955, he married Virgene Rainwater. Following their marriage, they lived in Rockford, Il and Morris, Il before retiring to Whitewater, WI in 1987
He worked for Commonwealth Edison Power Company in Rockford and Morris Il retiring after 35 years.
He was a member of the Lion’s Club in Whitewater, WI participating in many of the 4th of July parades. Roger spent his winters in Florida where he enjoyed playing the accordion and organ in bands with fellow retirees.
Roger is survived by his wife Virgene, 2 sons Gary Beckman and Gordon (Mia Tatic) Beckman and Gordon ’s children Alex, Olivia, and Ana. He is further survived by his sister Bonnie (Al) Keller and nieces Lana and Lisa.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A Memorial Service will take place at 11 am on Friday, April 13, 2018, at the Nitardy Funeral Home 550 N. Newcomb St. Whitewater, Wi.
Memorials to the Whitewater Lion’s Club or the American Heart Association would be appreciated.
The family would like to thank Rainbow Hospice.
Nitardy Funeral Home is assisting the family, www.nitardyfuneralhome.com.