Herman E. Beckett, 72, of Stow, formerly of Wadsworth, died unexpectedly Saturday, June 22, 2019 at his residence. Herman was born May 30, 1947 in New Martinsville, West Virginia, to the late Herman and Sylvia (Schoonover) Beckett, graduated from Hannibal River High School with the class of 1965 and served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.
He worked for several years for PCA and PPG, but he spent most of his career as a cement truck driver for Medina Supply, retiring in 2008.
Herman had a big heart and loved being able to help others and make others happy. He enjoyed going to the casinos, playing euchre with family and friends and watching NASCAR. He was an avid sports fan and even went to three NCAA tournaments and also to the Ohio State vs. Alabama 2015 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans with his family. He enjoyed the family trips traveling around the country and will be remembered for his joy of teasing people and giving everyone nicknames.
Surviving are his son, Ryan (Amber) Beckett of Wadsworth; fiance, Pattie Fryman of Cuyahoga Falls; brother-in-law, V. Lee (Betty) Winchell of Rittman; two grandchildren, Ryan Beckett, Jr. of Delaware and Cheyene Beckett; nieces and nephews, Sherry (Kevin) Hall of Reader of West Virginia, Jason (Dara) Winchell of Copley, Lisa Winchell of Rittman and Renee Cornell of West Virginia; mother-in-law, Audrey Winchell of Rittman and his fiance's three children, Brad (Kathy) Fryman of New York City, Dustin (Jennifer) Fryman of Chicago and Mark Fryman of Cuyahoga Falls.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis J. Beckett; infant son, Scot Beckett; sister and brother-in-law, Doris (Robert) Cornell and nephew, Bobby Cornell.
Services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, June 27, 2019 at Auble-Gillman Funeral Home, 360 W. Sunset Dr., Rittman, with Pastor Ruthie Trigg officiating. Burial will take place at Rittman Cemetery. Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Thursday Morning, June 27, 2019 at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516.
Auble-Gillman Funeral Home in Rittman is handling the arrangements.
Online registry and expressions of condolence may be made at the funeral home's web site at www.gillmanfuneralhome.com