Charles Conrad Beckner, 88, passed away Tuesday, February 17, 2009 in
Albuquerque, N.M.701 Pennsylvania Ave.
No. 123, Washington,D.C., 20004-2608 in
C/O Nan McComber, (1-202-380-0730).
Born Dec. 13,
1920 in Princeton, he was the son of Lee and Mary Jane (Cochran) Beckner.
After two years in the National guard,
Charles enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He was stationed in the Philippines prior
to the start of World War II where he served as a medical
corpsmen. He received many military honors and medals in the course of
his combined 32 years of military service, including the Silver Star which was
awarded for his role in the evacuation of General MacArthur
by PT boat from Corregidor just
before the Philippines fell
to the Japanese. At the time of his retirement, Charles was the most senior
ranking chief warrant officer in the U.S. Navy.
Survivors include children, Barbara (Dr. John)
Floyd, Martin (Linda) Beckner, Charles, Jr. (Nancy) Beckner; and eight grandchildren: John Matthew (Rachael)
Floyd, Dr. Karen Floyd (Brian Longenbaugh), Anne (RC)
Hard, Brent and Brian Beckner, Kirsten, Gretchen and
Erika Beckner; sister-in-law, Naomi Beckner Wilson; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers,
John, Virgil, James; sisters, Hattie, Mary Moade and
his wife Mary Carolyn (Martin) Beckner.
Graveside services will be April 29, 2009 at
Arlington National Cemetery. Donations may be made in his name to the U. S.Navy