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Douglas D. Beckett

Doug Beckett obit photoDoug Beckett, age 64, of Miller, died Tuesday, May 1, 2007, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. His funeral service was Saturday, May 5, 2007 at the First Presbyterian Church in Miller with the Rev. Brian Jones officiating. Burial will be in the G.A.R. Cemetery in Miller. Visitation was Friday at the old St. Lawrence Community Church.

Doug was born November 20, 1942, in Pierre, SD to Roy and Ann (Salathe) Beckett. His love of ranching was instilled by his parents and grandparents, George and Irma Beckett, who homesteaded the family farm near Harrold where he grew up. He was the youngest of six siblings, Hazel (Paul) Mueller, Charlotte (Nick) Meyer, Vi (Cobbie) Magness, Delmar (Dorothy) Beckett, and Ronald Beckett, all of whom survive him. Doug attended Harrold School where he graduated in 1960. On June 18, 1961, he was married to Charlene Harrington at Harrold. He farmed at Harrold until 1975 when the Bureau of Reclamation purchased the land and the family moved to the Miller area. His evolving commitment to and enjoyment of his new community was reflected in his becoming an elder and a deacon at the First Presbyterian Church, in his induction as a mason in the St. Lawrence Lodge #39, and in his election to the directorship of the National Resource Conservation Service. Other involvements included the Presidency of the American Galloway Breeders Association, membership in the American and South Dakota Chiangus Association, long time treasurer of the Ohio Township Board, and election to the Oahe Board. He took great pride in having been voted Hand County Livestock Crop Improvement Association Producer of the Year 2006. In his latest years his highest priority became the enjoyment of the lives and activities of his granddaughters. Throughout his life his family was his primary focus.

He is preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, his nephew Jerry Meyer, and his brother-in-law Paul Mueller.

His wife, Charlene; two sons, Todd and Troy; their wives, DeAnn and Tember; and six granddaughters, Kaycee, Kodee, Dani, Lacey, Cassie, and Karly, all of Miller, South Dakota, wish to acknowledge the outpouring of support they are receiving from the Miller community.