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John William Beckett, Jr.

August 10, 1932 ~ November 15, 2018 (age 86)

John William Beckett, Jr., age 86, of Portland, passed away Thursday, November 15, 2018. He was born August 10, 1932, the son of John William Beckett, Sr. and Nina Bovee. John was a devoted member of the First Baptist Church in Portland and he retired from General Motors after 34 years of service. He was a proud veteran of the US Army, serving during the Korean War. John was part of the Ionia County Sherriff’s Posse for 17 years and was also a local businessman.

Preceding John in death are his parents and all of his siblings. John is survived by the love of his life, Mijj Beckett to whom he was married to for 67 years; children, Connie (Richard) Keusch, Robert (Victoria) Beckett, Barbara (Bryant) Hutchinson, and Nancy (Stanley) Fedewa; 16 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

The Funeral Service will be officiated by Pastor Gary Coleman and Pastor Bob Beckett at 11:00 a.m., Monday, November 19, 2018 at the First Baptist Church, 406 E. Bridge St., Portland. A luncheon will immediately follow the service at the church. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 1-4 p.m. at the First Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Beginning in Grace Church in honor of John. Online condolences may be made at

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