Wilbert E. Beccue, 83, Greenup

Wilbert E. Beccue, 83, of Greenup, died at 3:32 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007, at the family farm in Cumberland County near Greenup.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Altamont, with the Rev. Kurt Klingbeil officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation was held Sunday evening at the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church Parish Hall in Casey and one hour before services on Monday at the church. Kull Funeral Chapel in Altamont was in charge of arrangements. Memorials: Trinity Lutheran Church Parish Hall, Bethlehem Lutheran Church Cemetery or donors choice.

Mr. Beccue was born on March 28, 1924, on the family farm in Menard County near Greenview, the son of Rudolph and Edith Miller Beccue. He married Ruth Johanna Clara Kroening on Oct. 12, 1947, at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, with the Rev. W.L. Stellwagen officiating.

He was self-employed as a farmer for many years. Growing up on a farm in Menard County, he and his family moved from Gibson City to rural Cumberland County in February 1962, where he continued farming. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Casey and the Lutheran Laymans League. He had a passion for bowling and participated in number bowling leagues over the years.

He is survived by his wife; daughters, Joann Ruth and her husband Wayne Muhs of Newton, Donna Kay and her husband Dale Busch of Terre Haute, Ind., Nancy Gail and her husband Bill Steele of Greenwood, Ind., and Debra Jean and her husband Angel Buenrostro of Tallahassee, Fla.; brother, Paul and his wife Marion Beccue of Scaly Mountain, N.C.; sisters, Florence and her husband Harold Keith of Mason City, and Harriett and her husband Jim Abeln of Athens; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Edwin and his wife Helen Beccue; and sisters, Ella and her husband Verl Wiseman, and Ruth and her husband, Joyce Pharis.

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