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Donavan Leroy Beckman, age 84 of Northfield, died on Sunday morning, June 28, 2020 at Three Links Care Center in Northfield.
He was born on July 14, 1935 in West Concord, MN, the son of John Nifton Rutherford Beckman and Amanda Marie (Knutson) Beckman. Donavan grew up on the family farm in Dennison and attended country school. He graduated from Cannon Falls High School in 1953 and served with the US Army Reserves for over 3 years. He was employed with Midwest Breeders, and later Northstar Concrete. He worked many years as custodian for Cannon Falls and Northfield school systems.
On October 10, 1970, he was united in marriage to Linda Marie Severson at St. Ansgar’s Lutheran Church in Cannon Falls. Donavan was a current member of Wangen Prairie Lutheran Church. His passion for his dogs brought much comfort to him.
Survivors include their children, Tammy Beckman (Jay Lazar) and Todd Beckman; grandchildren, Mazen and Toren Lazar; brother, Larry (Marleen); and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Linda on September 27, 2019; daughter, Laura Mae; brother, John; and sister, Carol Herkenratt.
Memorials are preferred to the Wangen Prairie Lutheran Church or to the donor’s choice.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, July 13 at 1:00 pm, with visitation from 12-1 pm, at Wangen Prairie Lutheran Church, 34289 Co 24 Blvd, Cannon Falls. Interment will follow at Wangen Prairie Cemetery.
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