Larry Gene Beckett, 68, Scranton: March 9, 1947 – Aug. 23, 2015

SCRANTON – Larry Gene Beckett, 68, of Scranton, Kan., passed away Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, at Stormont Vail Hospital, Topeka. He was a born March 9, 1947, in San Antonio, Texas, the son of Thomas Robert Beckett and Alice Marie (Turner) Beckett. He spent most of his childhood in Topeka.

Following in his father’s footsteps, Larry enlisted in the Army National Guard in 1964 at the age of 16. After graduation from Topeka High in 1965, he was hired as a full-time technician for the Guard in the field of avionics. He possessed a natural talent for electronics and quickly became known as the guy who could fix anything with nothing.

Larry was called to active duty during the Viet Nam war and served at Ft. Carson, Colo., where he met his wife. Larry was united in marriage to Karen Sue Blackwell on Aug. 29, 1969, in Colorado Springs, Colo. They shared 46 years of marriage.

After his retirement from civil service, Larry worked as a teacher aide in the copy center at Washburn Rural High School for 19 years. In this job Larry had found another natural fit with the students and copy machines to keep running. He always had snacks on hand for hungry kids and he spent many a weekend filming the school’s wrestling team.

He has always enjoyed working with young people and through the years he worked with several church youth groups as the biggest kid at camp.

Larry and Karen moved from Topeka to Scranton in 2004 due to their joint love of camping and fishing. In recent years Larry volunteered sound equipment and DJ services to various church and community functions.

Larry is survived by his wife, Karen, of the home; a sister, Debi Hagan, Salem, Ore.; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother who died in infancy; and a son, Aaron Thomas Beckett in 1992.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, at Crossroad Community Church, 512 S. Mason, Scranton, KS 66537. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Gardens, Topeka. The family will receive friends at 9:30 a.m. until the service hour at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Crossroad Community Church Youth Group or Overbrook Bible Church. Condolences may be sent to the family through www.lamb-roberts.com .

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