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“Mr. Beckman was a true gentleman and credit to our profession. I will miss him dearly. If the world were full of people with his demeanor, wit and ...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Joey Christoff - Fort wayne, IN

“Sorry for your loss. May you draw close to our loving God by reading his word and find comfort in the hope that he gives us all of seeing our loved...Read More »
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“Fred was a part of that greatest generation that defended our country in World War Two and went on to be a great asset to our community, his family...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Donald D. Doxsee - Fort Wayne

“My sincere sympathies to you Maribeth and your family. Fred was a favorite boss of mine and a lovely, lovely man to work for and gentle soul. ...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: A friend

“My condolences to Fred's family. Maribeth, Warren and I had the highest regard for Betty and Fred. You had two fine people for parents. I hope that...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Pat Wyneken - Fort Wayne, IN

“Maribeth: I am so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time and always. Rachel, David and Zion ”
6 of 7 | Posted by: Rachel McNeely - New Haven, IN

“Maribeth:Thoughts and prayers for you and your family upon your father's passing. April Grunden ”
7 of 7 | Posted by: April Grunden

FREDERICK A. BECKMAN, 94, passed away Sunday, July 16, 2017, at St. Anne Home. Born on February 23, 1923, in Fort Wayne, Ind., Fred was the son of the late Adam and Cornelia (Schnitker) Beckman. After graduating from Central Catholic High School in 1941, he worked for General Electric, the News-Sentinel and the IRS until he entered St. Joseph College, Rensselaer, Ind., the fall of 1942. He left St. Joe to enlist in the U.S. Navy, serving as a communications officer. He resumed his studies after the war, graduating in 1947 with an A.B. in Economics and a J.D. from Indiana University-Bloomington School of Law in 1949. He was a founding member of Beckman Lawson, LLP, served as an Allen County deputy prosecutor, and practiced law for more than half a century. He was a member of the Allen County, Indiana State, and American Bar Associations. He served as president of the ACBA and Chairman of the ISBA House of Delegates. He served as a board member for countless community organizations, including Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend; Fort Wayne Philharmonic; and Allen County Society for Crippled Children and Adults (now Turnstone). He was a member of the Serra Club (now Father Solanus Casey Vocation Society) and life member of the Knights of Columbus. He married Betty Bireley on February 5, 1948, while on semester break from law school. She preceded him in death in 2000. He is survived by sons John of Indianapolis and Tom (Chris Jacob) of Boulder Creek, CA; daughter Maribeth (Kevin) Leininger of Fort Wayne; grandson Adam (Laura) Leininger of Indianapolis; granddaughter Abby Sauer of Henderson, KY; and companion Jane Keltch of Fort Wayne. He was preceded in death by his brother George and daughter Teresa. Mass of Christian Burial is 1:30 pm, Friday, July 21 at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 518 E. Dewald St., with calling one hour prior. Calling also from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at D.O. McComb & Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home, 8320 Covington Rd. with a rosary service at 7:30 pm. Burial in Catholic Cemetery. The family requests no flowers. Memorial donations may be made to St. Peter's Catholic Church and Turnstone, 3320 North Clinton Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46805. To sign the online guest book, go to