Bob L. Beckett
Bob L. Beckett of Waukesha passed away Tuesday, March 30, 2010, at home at the age of 48. He was born in Moorhead, Minn., on Oct. 17, 1961, a son of Everett and Shirley (Grant) Beckett.
Bob grew up and went to school in Glyndon, Minn., and was an exceptional wrestler and karate student in his youth. He received his radiologic technologist degree in 1983 from St. Luke’s in Fargo, N.D., where he continued to work in CT for the next five years. Bob was married to Lisa (Eigen) on Dec. 11, 1987, and raised a son and daughter. The family lived for a time in Oregon, where Bob received his Bachelor of Science in science from Portland State University and also worked as a CT technologist at Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU). In 1996, the family moved to Wales, where Bob spent the last 14 years employed by GE in Waukesha, most recently as a global product manager. Bob took great pride in his career at GE Healthcare and spoke often about how his work was improving health care services for humanity on a global level. Whether he was designing a CT scanner or a landscape project for the home, Bob was the happiest when he was constructing something. He was an avid builder, and he took great pride in working on the homes and landscapes he and his family lived in. He loved being outdoors, waterskiing, golfing and working in the yard. Bob had always been a fan of open-wheel racing, first following the IndyCar circuit, and later following Formula One racing. As a husband, father, brother, son, uncle and as an individual, he will forever be missed and loved by those who cherish his memory.
Bob is survived by his wife, Lisa; his son, Jordan Beckett of Eugene, Ore.; and his daughter, Alea Beckett of Waukesha. He also leaves his parents, Everett and Shirley Beckett of Glyndon; his brother, Mike (Deb) Beckett; and his sister, Sherry (Jim) Schumann, all of Hawley, Minn.; and a brother-in-law, Mark Beto of Glyndon. Bob will also be remembered by his aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by an infant brother, Brent, and a sister, Wendy Beto.
Private family services will be held in Waukesha.
The memorial visitation for Bob will be held from 9 a.m. until the 11 a.m. memorial service Thursday, April 8, at Glyndon Lutheran Church, 414 Parke Ave., Glyndon, MN 56547, with Kristina Johnson, family minister, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lake Area Free Clinic, 865 B Armour Road, Oconomowoc, WI 53066.
Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For further information, please call 542-6609, or for directions, an online obituary or to leave a condolence, please visit www.waukeshasfuneralhome.com. Additionally, the Wright Funeral Home of Moorhead, Minn., is assisting the family with local arrangements. For more information or to view an online slideshow of Bob’s life, please visit them on the Web at www.wrightfuneral.com.
“People say dreams are everything. If you give up on your dreams then you give up on life. But I learned that dreams are not everything ... LIFE is everything. If you live for your dreams ... then you will neglect your life. If you live your life ... then aren’t you really living your dream?”
– Bob Beckett