ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Leroy Becktell. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Sharlene Becktell on April 9, 2021
My Dad passed away March 21 2021. Even though I knew it was looming, I didn’t know it would come so soon. I was hoping I’d have a bit more time with no idea with what to expect the day of his death and what it means for those of us left behind.

Now I am beginning to understand just how naive my existence was before I was forced to confront death’s blow once again

While I hope you never have to experience such a life-altering loss, the truth is, we all will. Death is a part of life. And once it strikes someone you so dearly love, your existence will never be the same.

I know the pain of losing my Dad will perhaps never leave me. I imagine it will ease with time as I process and get through it, but I don’t suspect I will get over it. How can I? How can you get over a person who has been there since before you were even born.

His life, his influence, his energy is linked to mine and I now take comfort in that. I take comfort in knowing that my Dad is no longer in pain. That suffering is no longer something he has to endure. My Dad, Leroy, will forever be in my heart until the day it stops beating. And I am grateful that I am a more fully realized human being, a more caring, compassionate, and empathetic person because of my Dad. Still, I would forfeit any wisdom for the sake of having him back. I miss you dad. Love you always and forever.
Posted by Donna Becktell on April 9, 2021
Daddy I love you .. you were a wonderful father to 4 children who miss you so very dearly you were a loving husband to our beloved mother who you are now joined in heaven where you wanted to be .. even though we were not ready .
You wings are together again you will always be in our hearts forever until we meet again

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Posted by Sharlene Becktell on April 9, 2021
My Dad passed away March 21 2021. Even though I knew it was looming, I didn’t know it would come so soon. I was hoping I’d have a bit more time with no idea with what to expect the day of his death and what it means for those of us left behind.

Now I am beginning to understand just how naive my existence was before I was forced to confront death’s blow once again

While I hope you never have to experience such a life-altering loss, the truth is, we all will. Death is a part of life. And once it strikes someone you so dearly love, your existence will never be the same.

I know the pain of losing my Dad will perhaps never leave me. I imagine it will ease with time as I process and get through it, but I don’t suspect I will get over it. How can I? How can you get over a person who has been there since before you were even born.

His life, his influence, his energy is linked to mine and I now take comfort in that. I take comfort in knowing that my Dad is no longer in pain. That suffering is no longer something he has to endure. My Dad, Leroy, will forever be in my heart until the day it stops beating. And I am grateful that I am a more fully realized human being, a more caring, compassionate, and empathetic person because of my Dad. Still, I would forfeit any wisdom for the sake of having him back. I miss you dad. Love you always and forever.
Posted by Donna Becktell on April 9, 2021
Daddy I love you .. you were a wonderful father to 4 children who miss you so very dearly you were a loving husband to our beloved mother who you are now joined in heaven where you wanted to be .. even though we were not ready .
You wings are together again you will always be in our hearts forever until we meet again
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Our Dad Leroy Becktell 
Born December 1937
Enlisted in The Active Army 1957
Married in 1957 to my beautiful mom Carolyn whom passed of Cancer in 2018
He was a twin at birth but unfortunately his twin passed at the age of 1 from pneumonia. Our Dad was raised on a farm located in Indiana biggest part of his childhood.  I remember as a child while on that same farm chasing lighting bugs and putting them a mason jar with my sister. I remember one morning while my sister and I slept in the loft Somehow baby raccoons were in our bed as we slept. My mom was so scared we would get bit because the momma managed to get in through the window. Dad calming self just came and removed the babies and put them on the ledge of the window and coached the momma back out.  My dad enjoyed old model cars had one too ugly green one 1949 Ford. He enjoy putting model cars together and painting them. He also was an artist of sorts. He would put things together by his own hands. Built bird houses and made things like plaster logs made out of coffee cans the metal ones back in the day. He was a hard working man but loved working in the auto industry. He worked as a driver and sales person for over 20 years at Royal Auto Parts. He loved to dance and country was his favorite and always with my mom and is his kids. He was a loving man and a great father. He loved our mother so much. They reminded me so much of the movie The Notebook. A must see movie. When our mom fell Ill with cancer his life changed. He was no longer our Dad. He got angry and blamed himself for her illness. Dad was never the same. His smile and laughter was gone. But when that little glimpse of a smile or laughter came upon his face we cherish that very moment. He soon developed dementia and grew week within the 3 years of my mom's passing. Our lives were at a stand still not wanting to leave his side. He gave so much in his time. It sadden me to see this change in him and what became of his life. He was a man of strength and did not give up easy even though he did not want to be among the living anymore. He finally gave his life to the Lord and shortly there after God took him home. Now our parents are once again joint together in heaven as it should be. They both are surrived by 3 daughters and 1 son. And many grandchildren and great grandchildren. We will always carry you both in our hearts. Until we meet again. Love you
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Shared by Sharlene Becktell on April 9, 2021
I remember as a little girl how you would always be there holding me and telling me how proud you were of me. You seem to be at every corner of my life. You were always laughing and smiling. When I got married at a very young age you didn't want me to. You said in tears you didn't want to lose your little girl. When times got rough daddy you were there telling me I did not have to face things alone. You cried so many times for me not for nothing but because you loved me. You were my biggest support through medical school. You would study with me and always said " I might learn something here too lol. You taught compassion and strength in all of us not to mention the big S for being stubborn. You worked so hard in your years. Took care of your family and your grandkids when it should have been just you and mom, that is what kind of love and compassion you had. When mom passed in 2018 you were so alone without her it was hard for us to watch on a daily basis. It was hard to watch you whittle away and no longer wanting to be here. You gave so much and I just wanted to give it all back.  But I know you are in the best place and where you longed to be. Right next to my mom your forever wife and soulmate.  Until we meet again daddy I love you and miss you always and forever.