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Robert C. "Bob" Becklin
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Birth: May 17, 1926
Cambridge
Isanti County
Minnesota, USA
Death: Aug. 10, 2012
Cambridge
Isanti County
Minnesota, USA

Robert "Bob" C. Becklin was born May 17, 1926, the eldest of seven children born to Paul Reuben and Harriet (Oman) Becklin. He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul Reuben and Harriet, one brother, Donn, and his in-laws, Albert and Christine Hiljus. He lived in Cambridge, MN, his entire life. He married his high school sweetheart, Joyce Hiljus, on September 18, 1948, and their marriage was blessed with three children. Bob Becklin was an industrious young man, often having several part-time jobs while attending school and participating in athletics. Following his graduation from high school in 1944, Mr. Becklin joined the military where he served in the Pacific Theatre. He was Sergeant Major of the 382nd Station Hospital in Korea when he received his discharge orders. Upon returning home, Becklin went to work as a railway mail clerk on the trains between Minneapolis and Chicago, a position he held until 1955 when he transferred to Cambridge to be a rural mail carrier. In 1955, Becklin joined three others in founding the former charcoal plant, Rum River Charcoal, located south of Isanti. Upon leaving the Postal Service he managed the plant and served as president until it was sold to Husky Industries (now Royal Oak Charcoal) in 1966. He continued to work with Husky as division manager until 1971, when he was elected president of the Peoples State Bank (now Peoples Bank of Commerce), a position he held for 23 years. In 1962, upon leaving the US Postal Service, Bob Becklin was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives from Isanti and Chisago Counties, and was reelected to five successive terms. He served as chairman of the Conservation Committee for three years and the National Wildlife Society honored Rep. Becklin as the Conservation Legislator of the Year in 1969. During his time in the Legislature, he authored and passed the act creating the Cambridge Community College and a bill to manage Minnesota's shorelands, just two of his numerous legislative accomplishments. Becklin was elected to the Board of Trustees of Memorial Hospital in Cambridge in 1966 and served for 29 years. He also served on the Minnesota Hospital Association Board of Trustees for 10 years. The Association selected Mr. Becklin as Minnesota Hospital Trustee of the Year in 1990. Bob Becklin was very proud of the Cambridge-Isanti Dollars for Scholars Foundation, which he co-founded in 1989. The Foundation has provided more than $2 million in scholarships to worthy graduates in the area. Bob Becklin is survived by his wife of 64 years (Joyce); sons Bob (Suzanne), Barry (Carla) and one daughter, Jani (Phil) Hasler; grandchildren Lauren (Eric Fuhrmann), Rachel and Nick Hasler; brothers Gilbert (Angie), Lynn (Lois), Eric (Annie), Galen (Karonne); one sister, Eileen (George) Wilkie; one sister-in-law, Ruth, and many adoring nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. A celebration of Bob's life was held on Saturday, August 18, 2012, at the Cambridge Lutheran Church, with the Rev. David Everett and the Rev. Andy Romstad officiating. Interment will be in the Cambridge Lutheran Church Cemetery. Arrangements were provided by Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home. 
 
Burial:
Cambridge Lutheran Cemetery
Cambridge
Isanti County
Minnesota, USA
 
Created by: R E Sheppard
Record added: Aug 12, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 95248217
Robert C. Bob Becklin
Added by: R E Sheppard
 
 
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Mr. Becklin provided a light for the entire community to emulate and to follow. Rest in Peace. Well done, Good and Faithful Servant.
-Anonymous
 Added: Aug. 12, 2012
May you continue to soar like an eagle. And may your memory be blessed.
-Anonymous
 Added: Aug. 12, 2012
 
 
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