Basham Funeral Service


Lavonne Marie Beckman

( October 02, 1920 - May 19, 2020 )

            LaVonne Marie Beckman, 99, of Wessington Springs passed away Tuesday May 19, 2020 at the Avera Brady Health and Rehab in Mitchell. A private family service will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday May 30th at the United Methodist Church in Wessington Springs. Burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery.

            LaVonne was born October 2, 1920 at the family farm Southwest of Wessington Springs to William and Mary (Welter) Klink.

            She attended grade school at Viola Center and graduated from Wessington Springs High School in 1938. She was employed at the Soil Conservation Office, and later in the County Superintendent of Schools office from 1939 – 1942.

            On January 1st, 1943, she was united in marriage to Alfred Beckman at the home of her parents. They farmed until 1947 when they moved into Wessington Springs.

            She was Deputy Clerk of Courts from 1966 – 1972. She was a member of the United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women. She was a member of EOW Sewing Circle until they disbanded.

            LaVonne moved to Mitchell in October 2015 to live with her daughter, Sheila Pederson, who became her caregiver, until entering Avera Brady Health and Rehab in July 2019.

            She enjoyed playing bridge, doing crossword puzzles, playing scrabble, knitting, embroidering, and watching sports on TV, especially the Minnesota Twins, having attended two of their World Series games.

            Her great love was being with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

            Survivors include three daughters Marilyn Etbauer, Sheila Pederson, Julie Molumby and her husband Doug, grandchildren Kelli Woodwick, Cory Etbauer, Chad Pederson, Ryan Pederson, and Ashley Hasz, five great grandchildren Lukas and Audra Woodwick, Jacob and Julia Etbauer, and Logan Hasz.

            She was preceded in death by her husband on August 23, 2003, her parents, her sister Delores Kogel, brother-in-law John Kogel and sons-in-law Jerry Pederson and Dennis Etbauer.