Donald Lambert Beccue, 78 years old, of Altamont, died at 1:48 a.m. early Sunday morning Feb. 9, 2020 at the Lutheran Care Center in Altamont.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday morning, Feb. 13, in the Lutheran Care Center Chapel, with Rev. Jeffery Michael from the Christ’s Church in Effingham officiating.
Visitation was held from 4 until 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the Kull Funeral Chapel in Altamont and again from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the Lutheran Care Chapel on Thursday.
Burial rites followed the funeral at Union Cemetery in Altamont. Kull Funeral Chapel is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at kullfuneralhome.com.
Don was born Dec. 7, 1941 in the Mark Greer Hospital in Vandalia, the son of Gerhardt Edward and Edna Harnish-Beccue. On Aug. 31, 1962 he married Carolyn Louise Siebert at St. Clare Roman Catholic Church in Altamont by Rev. Father Morris.
Don was raised in the Bethlehem Community near Altamont and continued to live his life in West township in rural Effingham county. He confirmed his faith from the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, graduated from the Church grade school, and attended and graduated from Altamont Community High School with the class of 1960 where he received the Mathematics Award. Don attended Eastern Illinois University for a short time and returned to the family farm and started as owner and operator his concrete business. Beccue Concrete and Construction was sold to his oldest son Steve; however, Don never retired and continued to be the shop foreman until his health declined in the past months.
Don had a mechanical and designer mind where he was known for his gun-making ability. He was the designer of the alternating plane fulcrum. He was the grand knight of the FOTT and the order of KMA and a proud member of the NRA.
Don is survived by six sons, Steve (wife Deanna) Beccue of Mason, David Beccue and Mark McKone of Minneapolis, and Lyle, Greg (wife Tiffany), Timothy, and Daniel Beccue all of Mason; three daughters, Diana Beccue of Effingham, Rachel Beccue and Sara Schwarm of Brownstown, and Mandy (husband, Andy) Youngblood of Effingham; ten grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Gerhardt and Edna; wife Carolyn; son Jonathan in infancy; daughter-in-law Karen Beccue; and grandson Christopher Beccue.
Memorials may be made to the Lutheran Care Center, 701 West Cumberland Road in Altamont, 62411, or to the donor’s choice.