Robert Wayne Beckham

Posted: Thursday, November 16, 2000

Homer resident Robert Wayne Beckham died Monday, Nov. 13, 2000, at South Peninsula General Hospital in Homer. He was 75.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Faith Lutheran Church, 3634 Soundview Ave., Homer. Pastor Dennis Neels will officiate. Mr. Beckham's ashes will be scattered off the Coast Guard Cutter Roanoke Island at 11 a.m. on Friday, weather permitting.

Mr. Beckham was born March 20, 1925, in Glendive, Mont. He was raised in Portland, Ore. He graduated from high school and completed two years of vocational school as a machinist. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Following his discharge from the Navy, he worked at various short order jobs in Oregon, Washington and Iowa. He then took technical courses in Iowa and Idaho as a tool and die maker. He worked as a machinist for 18 years at Applied Magnetics in Santa Barbara, Calif., where he met his wife Mary.

They moved to Alaska in 1977, residing in Homer. After moving to Homer they opened The Soup Bowl restaurant, which was located in the Lakeside Mall. The restaurant was sold in 1984. He then cooked at a few local restaurants prior to retirement in 1990.

Mr. Beckham was a member of Faith Lutheran Church, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, the American Legion and its affiliate 40&8. He served 13 years in the auxiliary's communications unit, giving radio assistance to boaters needing assistance as well as serving as a crewmember on rescue vessels. He received a total of 21 Coast Guard Auxiliary awards in this area. He also served two years as commander of the local American Legion Post No. 16 and two years as the service officer.

Mr. Beckham enjoyed fishing, coin collecting and antique gun collecting. He also enjoyed gardening and hunting wild game.

Mrs. Beckham wrote, "My 36 years of marriage to Bob during which we shared everything, including operations relating to the Soup Bowl, fishing and gardening as well as community service in the Coast Guard Auxiliary and American Legion, will be a focal point for the rest of my life."

Mr. Beckham is survived by his wife, Mary, of Homer; daughters Linda Risinger, of Anchorage, and Sandra Fahey, of University Place, Wash.; sons, Robert W. Jr. and Mark, both of Tacoma, Wash.; grandchildren Chelly Quinn, Sherie Griner, Robert Beckham III, Jessica Fahey, Ashley Fahey, and Angie, Jason, Jeff, Danielle and Nikki Beckham; and great-grandchildren Frankie Quinn, and Branden and Katie Griner.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the American Heart Association or Faith Lutheran Church, 3634 Soundview Ave., Homer, AK 99603.

Arrangements were made by Homer Funeral Home.

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