He was born December 13, 1925, in Hoyleton, son of Alvin William Beckmeyer and Louise Marie Lydia (Nierman) Beckmeyer. He married Merle Marie Byars on February 22, 1947, at the First Baptist Church in Centralia and she survives.
In addition to his wife of 71 years, Merle Beckmeyer of Centralia, he is also survived by a son: Mark Beckmeyer and wife Debbie of Hoyleton; a granddaughter: Annamarie Beckmeyer of Hoyleton; two grandsons: Joshua Pokojski of Centralia and Jesse Pokojski and wife Nikki of Centralia; two nieces: Ruth Ann Frizzell and husband Dick of Collinsville and Joyce Rollinson and husband Dan of Summerville, SC.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister: Minnette Fortmeyer, a brother-in-law: Louis Fortmeyer, and a sister-in-law: Ruth Edna Walker.
Roland farmed all his life in Hoyleton. He was a member of the Zion Evangelical United Church of Christ in Hoyleton, where he served on the Men’s Fellowship and Church Counsel. He was also a lifetime member of the Farm Bureau. Roland enjoyed square dancing with his wife for many years. His greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family.
Funeral services for Roland Beckmeyer will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, February 22, 2019, at Zion Evangelical United Church of Christ in Hoyleton with Pastor Bill Causer officiating. Burial will follow at the Zion Evangelical United Church of Christ Cemetery in Hoyleton.
Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday morning at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Zion Evangelical United Church of Christ and the Alzheimer’s Association and will be accepted at the Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home at 235 North Sycamore Street Centralia, Illinois 62801, 618-532-3523, who is honored to be of service to the Beckmeyer Family.
Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting sutherlandfuneralhome.com.