Leroy Owen Beckwith

Jan. 22, 1934 – Dec. 9, 2013

Funeral services for Leroy Owen Beckwith will be Monday, Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Basin. Leroy, 79, died Oct. 9 at a hospice in Laurel, Mont.

He was born Jan. 22, 1934, in Basin, the son of Leroy Louis and Dorothea Johnson Beckwith. The family moved several times, but ended up back in Basin where Leroy completed his education and graduated from Basin High School.

Leroy married Helen Edith Reno on Oct. 30, 1955, in Powell.

He joined the United States Navy in January 1955. After graduating from boot camp he was transferred to the Naval Air Station in Glenview, Ill., as part of the Naval Air Reserve Training Program. He served at Shore Commands in Colorado Springs, San Diego, Washington, D.C. and Fallon, Nev. His Sea Commands included the USS Saratoga, USS El Dorado, USS Estes, USS Valley Forge and USS Sacramento. He also served an Overseas Command in St. Johns, Newfoundland.

Leroy retired from the Navy in 1975 and went to work for the VA Medical Center in Sheridan in the nursing, fire and grounds departments. He retired in October 1990.

Leroy and Helen served with the Mobile Missionary Assistance Program at various evangelical camps, churches and retreat centers throughout the United States.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Basin, the U.S. Naval Reserve Association, and the National Rifle Association.

His parents and his wife Helen preceded him in death.

He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Jody and Tina Beckwith Rowan, of Ellensburg, Wash., and Germann and Jody Beckwith Hoebelheinrich of Sheridan; son and daughter-in-law Jeffrey and Marilyn Beckwith of Longview, Wash.; sister, Sybil Hannah of Thermopolis; two brothers, Larry Edward Beckwith of Lander, and Robert Eugene Beckwith of Sheridan; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Burial with military honors will be in Mount View Cemetery. A luncheon for family and friends will be held at the First Baptist Church immediately following the graveside service.

Memorial donations can be sent to the National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, Petroleum Building, Suite 103, 111 West Second St., Casper, WY 82601 in memory of those who have MS, including Leroy’s wife Helen.