Harry L. Beckner

Harry Leland Beckner was born June 1, 1937 to Harry B. and Marilla (Hale) Beckner in Wayne Co., NE. 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 8 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 January 26, 2021 at Longview Nursing Home in Missouri Valley, IA. 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 NE; Rebecca (Shearer) Quackenbush and husband Josh of Omaha, NE; Eric Beckner and wife Samantha of Missouri Valley, IA; Cameron Beckner and wife Kristina of Missouri Valley, IA; Morgan Beckner and wife Kendra of Logan, IA; 11 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; 4 nieces and nephews and many friends and other relatives.     

Visitation for Harry will be Saturday, January 30, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Logan, Iowa.

Funeral service will be Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Logan, Iowa.

Burial will be held at a future date

In Loving Memory of Harry Leland Beckner

Born~June 1, 1937~Wayne County, Nebraska

Entered into Rest~January 26, 2021~Missouri Valley, Iowa

Funeral Service~Saturday, January 30, 2021~3:00 p.m.~Immanuel Lutheran Church~Logan, Iowa

Officiating~Pastor Daniel Steeb

Organist~Dona Emswiler

Vocalist~Rick Powell

Music Selections~“What a Friend”~“Amazing Grace”~“A Mighty Fortress”

Pall Bearers~Bill Kermoade~Eric Beckner~Cameron Beckner~Morgan Beckner~Josh Quackenbush~Kyle Ruppert

Final Resting Place~Logan Cemetery~Logan, Iowa


  • Dan Chafa Posted January 29, 2021 7:31 am

    I’m so sorry, Bill and Harry were together so many years and represented true love in marriage.

  • CynthiaK Hammitt Posted April 1, 2021 5:17 pm

    Such a Kind man! He helped me as a landlord! He will be missed!

  • Cynthia Hultgren Hammitt Posted April 2, 2021 7:40 am

    Deepest Sympathy! Such a kind man that offered me a trailer to live in when I moved up here to Iowa. He will be missed so much

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