Howard W. Beckerdite

Jan. 8, 1915 - March 8, 2006

Howard Woodrow Beckerdite, 91, of Inverness, Fla., formerly of Waukesha, died Wednesday, March 8, 2006.

He was born Jan. 8, 1915, in Kansas. He later graduated from Hutchinson High School and Hutchinson Community College.

Howard worked more than 40 years in the natural gas pipeline industry and lived for 32 years in Waukesha. He belonged to the First United Methodist Church of Waukesha, where he served as Sunday school teacher and usher before retiring in 1987 to Citrus County, Fla.

He is survived by his wife, Muriel.

He was predeceased in 1999 by his wife of 62 years, LaVantia E. Searl Beckerdite, with whom he had four children who survive him, Ann of Chicago, Hal of West Yarmouth, Mass., Leah of Catonsville, Md., and Stanley of Gainesville, Fla. Also surviving are seven grandchildren and one great-grandson.

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