IN MEMORIAM: Former IATSE International Vice President Jack Beckman

John “Jack” Thomas Beckman Jr. passed away peacefully on May 12, 2024 at the age of 78 with his family by his side. Born on Oct. 24, 1945 in St. Louis, he was the cherished son of the late John T. Beckman Sr. and Barbara Ann (Bornor) Beckman.

A graduate of Christian Brothers College High School (CBC) in 1963, Brother Beckman served his country honorably in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. His professional life was dedicated to the Labor Movement, particularly his leadership within the St. Louis-based IATSE Stagehands Local 6 where he served as business agent from 1978 to 2014. His commitment and contributions to the union were further recognized when he was appointed to the IATSE General Executive Board in 2004, serving as its international vice president until his retirement in 2016.

In retirement, he enjoyed playing golf weekly with his friends, spending time with his wife and two sons and being the proudest grandpa. Brother Beckman’s legacy is one of service, dedication and love for his family. His presence will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Brother Beckman is survived by his devoted wife of 44 years, Patricia “Pat” (Leach) Beckman; his two sons, John T. Beckman III and Michael D. Beckman; and his adored granddaughter, Kennedy A. Beckman, who lovingly called him PawPaw.

A funeral service was held May 24 at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

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