|Birth: ||Jan. 8, 1921|
North Dakota, USA
|Death: ||Jul. 4, 2002|
North Dakota, USA
William "Billy" Beckler, 81, Mandan, died July 4, 2002, at his home after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Mandan, with the Rev. Patrick Schumacher officiating. Burial will be at noon in North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan, with a full committal service by Mandan Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 707 and the American Legion Post 40.
Visitation will be from 2:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Weigel Funeral Home, Mandan, where a Catholic Daughters rosary will be held at 4 p.m. and a parish vigil will be held at 7 p.m.
Bill was born Jan. 8, 1921, in Fallon, the son of Michael and Magdelene (Lanz) Beckler. He was raised and educated in St. Peter and Paul Boarding School and the rural Fallon School.
Bill entered the military service on Oct. 7, 1942. He was with the 8th Medical Battalion at Fort Snelling, Minn. Always proud of his service record, he spent his first six months in Ireland, and then served in Normandy, Rhineland, northern France and central Europe.
He was a litter bearer who worked forward to pick up wounded in the battle zone. Bill carried men back to first aid station and gave them medical aid. He was a section leader and language interpreter. He received a good conduct medal and EAME service medal with four bronze service stars. He was discharged in October 1945 as a sergeant, having served three years.
After his discharge, Bill began his career as a mechanic for Steve Whitted at Steve's Service Shop under the G.I. Bill and remained with Steve until purchasing the repair and welding shop in 1963. He operated the shop until selling to M&H in 1993, when he retired. Bill was considered a very good mechanic, who loved cars and built stock cars. His number 411 won many trophies, local and state, from 1956 to 1959.
Bill especially enjoyed a group of young people and friends who "hung out" at the shop through the years. He also built and flew model airplanes and belonged to the Aero Club until illness forced him to stop that hobby. Bill especially enjoyed his coffee friends at Dakota Farms twice a day and walking his dog, while smoking his pipe.
He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, where he served as an usher, and was also a member of the American Legion.
He was married to Marie Balkowitsch of Fort Rice at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit on Nov. 20, 1948.
He is survived by his wife, two sisters and brothers-in-law, one brother and sister-in-law, two sisters-in-law, and many nephews and nieces, with several very special to him.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Eva, Mary Leingang, Christine Williamson and Barbara Fleck; and seven brothers, Gregory, Matt, Joseph, Michael, Nick, Peter and Ted.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations made to St. Joseph's church fund or in gratitude to St. Alexius Hospice Program.
Bismarck Tribune July 6, 2002
Michael Beckler (1873 - 1953)
Magdalena Lanz Beckler (1879 - 1950)
Gregor Beckler (1898 - 1962)*
Mathias Beckler (1901 - 1928)*
Mary Beckler Leingang (1903 - 1976)*
Christina Beckler Williamson (1905 - 1976)*
Nick Beckler (1911 - 1986)*
Peter Beckler (1914 - 1993)*
Barbara Beckler Fleck (1917 - 1951)*
Leo Beckler (1918 - 2006)*
Theodore Beckler (1919 - 1996)*
William G Beckler (1921 - 2002)
Benetia Beckler Hammerel (1923 - 2014)*
North Dakota Veterans Cemetery
North Dakota, USA
Plot: Section E Site 308
Maintained by: Sharon (Fleck) Huettl
Originally Created by: DonZas
Record added: Apr 15, 2009
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