Rickie R. Beckner, 74, Ligonier, passed away on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, at MIller’s Merry Manor in Wakarusa. He was born on June 17, 1945, the son of John and Ruth (Ritter) Beckner in Ligonier. On Sept. 2, 1969, he married Shirley Navarro and together they shared over 50 years of marriage.
Rickie graduated from Ligonier High School in 1964 and served his country honorably in the United States Air Force from 1965-69. He later retired from Parker Hannifin in Syracuse, after over 30 years in rubber manufacturing. Rickie was a talented mechanic and enjoyed working on cars. He loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, trapping, baseball, and watching his kids, and later grandkids play sports.
Rickie is survived by his wife, Shirley Beckner of Ligonier; three children, Gene (Bev) Beckner of Rome City, Michelle (Kerry Schrock) Beckner of Elkhart, and Lambert (Chanda) Beckner of Greenwood; eleven grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren; and a sister, Demaris Musser of Cosperville.
He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Johnny Beckner, Doris Gard, Marion Beckner, and a twin brother at birth.
No public services are planned. A cremation committal will take place at Legacy Cremation & Remembrance Center in Ligonier.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the family, or St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 300 Ravine Park Drive, Ligonier, IN 46767.