1955-2012

Larry Joe Beckendorf, 57, died Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, at his home in Exira, Iowa.

Mass of the Christian burial was this morning, Oct. 1, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Audubon. Father Emmanuel Aguwoke and Father Wayne Gubbels officiated.

Burial was at Exira Cemetery in Exira. Casket bearers were his nephews Corey Beckendorf, David Buckendahl, Dale Buckendahl, Dan Buckendahl, Doug Buckendahl, Ryan Buckendahl, Tyler Buckendahl and Jared Buckendahl.

Kessler Funeral Home in Exira was in charge or arrangements.

Larry, a son of Bobby Joe and Beverly Ann Zimmerman Beckendorf, was born Sept. 1, 1955 at Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic.

He was baptized at the Methodist Church in Lewis, Iowa, and confirmed at Oakland Methodist Church in Oakland, Iowa. He attended Oakland Community Schools through the eighth grade and then transferred to the Walnut Community Schools in Walnut, Iowa, where he graduated with the high school Class of 1973.

Larry attended Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, graduating in 1977 with degrees in science and German. After college he taught school for a year at Eagle Grove Community Schools in Eagle Grove, Iowa, then in 1979, he was employed as a teller for First Whitney Bank in Atlantic.

On Aug. 11, 1979, he married Jane Anne Buckendahl at St. Mary Catholic Church in Storm Lake. Three children, Christian, Jennifer and Trevor, were born to this union. In 1984, they moved to Exira. Larry was employed at Exchange State Bank as the head cashier andn later became vice president. He also was an insurance agent for the bank for many years.

Larry was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Exira where he was the organist and served on the finance committee. He was a member of Exodus Lodge 342, A.F.&A.M. in Exira. He served on the Region 12 Housing Board in Carroll and Audubon County Endowment Board.

Larry enjoyed cooking and grilling. But most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family especially his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife Jane Beckendorf of Exira, Iowa; his children, Christian and wife Alicia Beckendorf of Grimes, Iowa, Jennifer and husband Travis Brabham of Exira Trevor Beckendorf of Templeton, Iowa; his grandchildren, Camden Beckendorf of Grimes, Cole Brabham and Brooklyn Brabham, both of Exira, Taylor Beckendorf and Kori Beckendorf, both of Manning, Iowa; his parents Bobby and Beverly Beckendorf of Walnut, Iowa; his brothers and sister, Russell and wife Carla Beckendorf of Milford, Iowa, Sherri and husband Chuck Hetrick of Maryville, Mo., and Mark Beckendorf of Johnston, Iowa; his mother-in-law Vera Buckendahl of Alta, Iowa; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Eddie and wife Carol Buckendahl of Enumclaw, Wash., Jerry Buckendahl of Alta, and Jim and wife Melody Buckendahl of Alta; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Preceding him in death were his father-in-law Edwin Buckendahl and his sister-in-law Vernie Buckendahl.