Garve Beckham Obituary

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Garve Austin Beckham

June 20, 1933 - August 8, 2014
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Garve Austin Beckham, known by his family and growing-up friends as Austin, was born June 20, 1933 in Dawson, Missouri, and moved to his new home in Clatskanie, Oregon with his family when he was in the fourth grade. Following his high school graduation he went on to attend the University of Oregon, but after the completion of his freshman year was drafted into the Army and faithfully served his country during the time of the Korean War. Much of his service career was spent in Japan where he developed a love for the Japanese people, and maintained friendships amongst them throughout his life. For the next 30 years he worked at Tektronix...
Garve Austin Beckham, known by his family and growing-up friends as Austin, was born June 20, 1933 in Dawson, Missouri, and moved to his new home in Clatskanie, Oregon with his family when he was in the fourth grade. Following his high school graduation he went on to attend the University of Oregon, but after the completion of his freshman year was drafted into the Army and faithfully served his country during the time of the Korean War. Much of his service career was spent in Japan where he developed a love for the Japanese people, and maintained friendships amongst them throughout his life.

For the next 30 years he worked at Tektronix and, following retirement, continued on as a consultant. Garve had a number of passions during his lifetime. God and family came first, but he also had many other interests. He was active in his church where one of his great joys was the years he spent working with the Word of Life Fellowship youth program. He was a mountain climber, a hiker, camper and nature lover; he loved taking his family on road trips and later, overseas adventures. Garve treasured his family and was always loyal to his friends.

As a well-known watercolor artist, Garve loved to paint and was active in the Buffalo Grass Society, the Oregon Society of Artists and the Oregon Watercolor Society of Oregon, serving as president in the latter two. His watercolor students as well as his watercolor colleagues were very special to him! Consequently, he loved to plan, organize and teach watercolor workshops throughout Oregon, Thailand, China and the Caribbean. His memories of the year he spent teaching English as a Second Language at Jiangxi Normal University in Nanchang, China, were also very specialto him and as in Japan, he developed and maintained lifetime friendships amongst the Chinese people. He was a devoted "Duck" and greatly missed attending the University of Oregon football games with his eldest daughter during his infirm years. His quiet and dry sense of humor will be remembered by all!

Garve is survived by his wife Marilyn, daughters Judy and Beth, son Paul, grandchildren Jonathan, Jonika, Ryan, Heléna and Jeremy, and sisters Marilyn and Sue. One sister, Esther, preceded him in death.

Donations in his name may be made to Word of Life Fellowship, Schroon Lake, NY 12870, or to Hinson Memorial Baptist Church. Please note: the P.O Box number given in the service folder at church for Hinson Baptist is incorrect; donations should be mailed to the 1315 SE 20th Avenue, Portland, OR 97214.

"I own two of his paintings. My favorite is of Haystack Mountain in Cannon Beach. We bought it at an art fair probably 10 years ago &i look at it daily. I..." Maggie Ogilvie (Montrose, CO)

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Beckham, Garve Austin 81 June 20, 1933 Aug. 08, 2014 A service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, 2104, at Hinson Baptist Church, 1137...

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