John A. Beckwith

December 14, 1946 ‒ February 13, 2018

Delaware, Ohio

John A Beckwith, 71 of Delaware passed away Tuesday February 13, 2018 unexpectedly at his residence.

He was born December 14, 1946 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma the son of Albert Eugene & Anita Lorraine (Sullens) Beckwith.

John proudly served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. He later worked for RANCO Manufacturing in the maintenance department.

He met and later married the love of his life Dianne (Miller) Beckwith. Also surviving are children John (Heather Nance) Beckwith, Jenny (Brian Schmidt) Beckwith; grandchildren Krisha, Dan, Selena, and Sara; mother Lorraine Beckwith.

He was preceded in death by his father and brother Joe Beckwith.

John was a member of the NRA, and the VFW post 3297. He enjoyed watching NASCAR, and could always be found tinkering in his garage. He enjoyed time spent with his children, and grandchildren. He will be remembered for being the selfless, loyal, caring and strong man that he was.

Pastor Wayne Engle will officiate funeral services 4:00 pm Friday, February 16, 2018, at Snyder- Rodman Funeral Service, 101 Valleyside Drive, Delaware, Ohio 43015, where family and friends may call from 2:00 until the time of the service.

Burial will take place at a later date.

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The Snyder- Rodman Funeral Center is handling arrangement.

  • We are thinking of you and sending our love. Please let us know what we can do for you – no request is too big.

  • Jenny, we were so sad to see this. You and your family are in our thoughts.

    With deepest sympathy,

    Jake and Sarah Fathbruckner

  • We are so sorry to hear about Uncle John. It’s awful. He was such a gentle soul. What wonderful family memories. Love Jodi and family.

  • God Bless all of you. We are sending prayers and love your way. He was such a sweetheart and fun to tease.
    Kim and Jack Brown
    Maddy and Nick

  • Dianne, John, Jenny and family,
    So sorry to hear this heartbreaking news from Ohio. Sending my hugs to all of you long distance. Sharon

  • We are so sorry for your loss. Prayers to you and all of your family. May God bring you peace and comfort through this sad time.

  • Big John will always be known to me as dad number 2. We send our prayers and deepest sympathy. May his big heart live on in all the lives he has touched.

  • Jenny, I am profoundly sorry for your loss. Your father was a wonderful man who welcomed all who came to his home with a smile and bright eyes. I am certain that our Lord was met with the same smile as he welcomed your father into his heavenly home. May our love surround you and your family as you navigate this sad time.

  • I send my sincere condolences to your family during this difficult time. This scripture brought me comfort when I lost a loved one and I hope it can do the same for your family. (Psalm 34:18) May God give you comfort and the strength to endure through this difficult time.

  • My dear Dinie…our thoughts and prayers are with you. We are not able to be there with you during this difficult time but you can be sure you will receive many hugs when we return home. God bless you with faith and courage. You are loved❤️.

  • Diane, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Your faith will get you through this. Let me know if I can help in any way,

  • Diane and family,
    So very sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in the wonderful memories you must have. May God continue to watch over you and yours.
    Hugs and prayers,

  • Diane, I was very sorry to hear of your loss. My husband, Dave, mentioned that his dad worked with John many years ago at RANCO. Our thoughts are with you and all of the family at this time.
    Jenny Morris

  • My thoughts are with all of John’s family. He was such a kind soul. Peace and love to all.

    Lisa Humphrey
    (Daughter of Linda Reddick)

  • Diane, Little John and Jenny I am very sad to hear about John, He was a great Man and was like a brother to me. He will be missed by a lot of friends

  • Dear Diane, Johnny and Jenny,
    I was so upset to hear that my very favorite cousin, John, had died. I have many good memories of John when we were younger. He was a truly good man. May you be comforted by your memories of him.
    Janie Osborn Benuzzi

    • Janie,

      I remember many years ago your mother telling me this great story of you and my dad when you were little – probably 5 or 6 she said. You two had been playing and she scolded you for something and my dad stood up and said in his *booming voice* as she described it – “Come on Janie, we’re not wanted here.”

      I always got a big kick out of that story and I wanted to share it with you.

      I hope you are well. I hope you know how very special your mom was to me – I still miss her everyday.

      Thank you for your kind words from all of us.

      Jenny Beckwith

  • SO VERY SORRY, to hear if your fathers passing John, Rich and I both know the pain you feel the emotions that you deal with when you lose a parent. I know there are really no words to help ease the sadness of your loss. We hope and pray you find any comfort in some good memories at some point, and know that you can lean on your family and your friends. Love and friendship Rich and Brenda 😥

  • Dear Jenny and Dianne, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of John. My love goes out to you and your family and I hope that peace and comfort can be yours even as you are mourning. Please let me know if I can be of any help. Love, Jackie