Walter Beckel


Walter Beckel, age 94, passed away peacefully at the Benedictine Living Community in St. Peter, MN on
Monday, August 6, 2018. Formerly of Le Sueur, he was born in St. Henry, MN on March 25, 1924 to
Catherine Barbara (Beer) and John Theodore Beckel. In 1944, at the age of 20, Wally enlisted in the US
Army, fought in the Battle of the Bulge and served his country until the end of WWII as a Corporal T5 in
the communications division of field artillery. At the end of the war, he served as Corporal of the Guards,
collected German POWs (those who had surrendered) and hauled them to the stockades. After that, he
then had the difficult job of grave duty.
In 1946, Wally returned from the war and met his future bride at the wedding of his brother, Sonny
(Annette) Beckel. Wally married Deloris Ziebarth on August 16, 1947 at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in
Le Sueur. The couple raised four children and farmed in the Lake Prairie and Rush River areas until 1977
when they retired from farming and moved to Le Sueur. He also served as night foreman for the Le Sueur
Foundry until he retired in 1990. In retirement, Wally enjoyed woodworking, fishing, spending time with
his family, bird watching, and especially loved working in his yard. He was known and loved by many for
his wit and wonderful sense of humor.
Married for 71 years, Wally was a devoted husband and together with his wife modeled to all what it
means to truly love your spouse. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, C.T. (Sonny) Beckel.
He will be greatly missed by his sons, Thomas (Candace) of Kasota, Kenneth (Chris) of Brainerd, and
John (Nicole Martin) of St. Peter; daughter, Patricia (Craig) Cina of Lino Lakes; seven grandchildren,
Michael, Todd, Matthew, Shelby, Paige, Grace, and Claire; eleven great-grandchildren, Solomon,
Abraham, Elana, Liam, Marcus, Kateri, Jude, Gabriel, Jacob and Isaac; and many nieces and nephews.
Wally is preceded in death by his wife Deloris, brother C.T. (Annette) Beckel.
Visitation will be at the Kolden Funeral Home in Le Sueur on Monday, August 20 from 4-7 PM
concluding with a KC Rosary at 7 PM, and will continue Tuesday from 8-10:15 AM at the funeral home.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, August 21 at St. Anne’s Catholic
Church in Le Sueur with Fr. James Adams presiding. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Le
Sueur with Military Honors. Lunch to follow at St. Anne’s School. Memorial donations may be made in
his memory to St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Le Sueur.
The Beckel family acknowledges with heartfelt gratitude the staff at Benedictine Living Community, St.
Peter, for their compassion and attention to the needs of our dear father.