Vernon Beckman, age 78, of Harris died January 20, 2018 at his home. Memorial service 11 AM Wednesday, January 31st at South Isanti Baptist Church with a visiting time 1 hour prior to the service at the church.
Vernon Dale Beckman was born May 11, 1939 in Dassel, Minnesota to Conrad and Alice (Johnson) Beckman. He grew up in Minneapolis. Vern accepted Christ as Lord as a young teenager, upon confession of faith he was baptized at Elim Baptist Church in NE Minneapolis. He graduated from North High School, Class of 1957. Vern married his junior high school girlfriend, Elaine Flittie in Minneapolis on August 29, 1959. She became his lifelong love and companion and he lists his marriage as one of his best memories. He loved his blessing of three daughters who brought three wonderful men into the family and eventually 15 grandchildren. He had a special relationship with each one of his grandchildren, enjoying their athletic endeavors and musical performances. He was quick with a joke, loved his coffee breaks on the patio with whoever stopped by, and singing and whistling any tune. Vern enjoyed traveling, camping, riding his lawnmower and woodworking and carving. Vern was an active member of South Isanti Baptist Church for many years, serving on many various boards and committees throughout the years, his favorites being AWANA and music worship team.
Vern passed away at his home on January 20, 2018 surrounded and lovingly cared for by his family at the age of 78 years. He is survived by his wife, Elaine; 3 daughters, Debra (Jeff) Edblad, Amy (Russ) Vavra, Jennifer (Lee) Knowlton; 15 grandchildren, Clark (Hannah) Edblad, Peter Edblad, Jillian Edblad, Hayden (Emily) Vavra, Jordan Vavra, Deandra (Ryan) Lundeen, Hunter Vavra, Maria Vavra, Croix Vavra, Conrad Vavra, Jon Knowlton, Max Knowlton and fiancé Megan Berg, Olivia Knowlton, Ted Knowlton and Gus Knowlton; sister, Adeline (Bert) Niece; brother, Jerry Beckman; and by many other relatives and friends.