Harry Leland Beckner was born Jun. 1, 1937, to Harry B. and Marilla (Hale) Beckner in Wayne Co., Neb. Harry graduated from Wayne High School in 1955. Upon graduation, he enrolled at Wayne State College to become a teacher. Harry taught at many country schools while attending college and received his teaching degree. He went on to teach at Omaha Public School District and taught for 37 years. During his time teaching, his zest for learning led him to continue his education and receive numerous other degrees. Harry also farmed and held many various other jobs during his summers off from school such as painting and working in various department stores. Harry and his family lived in many different homes in the Omaha area and Mondamin that he would renovate and then sell. In 1977, the family settled on a farmstead outside of Logan. After his many years teaching, he retired, expecting to enjoy his retirement years. But…He Did Not! Harry got busy building new homes and working for Branching Out where he cared for and delivered plants, trees and holiday decorations to the Metro hospitals and businesses. He relocated to Arizona for eight years, then returned in 2017, to be close to his family.
Harry enjoyed gardening and storytelling. He never knew a stranger and could always share a story and a laugh with whoever crossed his path. He also had a great love for playing the organ.
Harry passed away Jan. 26, 2021, at Longview Nursing Home in Missouri Valley. He is preceded in death by his parents; sister and brother in law, Reba and Gerald Hasebroock; grandson, Joshua Beckner.
He is survived by 2 children; daughter LaVonne (Bill) Shearer, son Gene (Kris) Beckner all of Logan; Grandchildren: Melinda (Shearer) Ruppert and husband Kyle of Pender, Neb.; Rebecca (Shearer) Quackenbush and husband Josh of Omaha, Neb.; Eric Beckner and wife Samantha of Missouri Valley; Cameron Beckner and wife Kristina of Missouri Valley; Morgan Beckner and wife Kendra of Logan; 11 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; four nieces and nephews and many friends and other relatives.
Visitation was Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Logan with the funeral service following. Burial will be held at a future date.
Arrangements made by Logan Memorial Chapel. 712-644-2929|www.loganfuneralchapel.com