Lee Allen Beckner

CHESTER–Lee Allen Beckner, Master Sergeant, USAF retired, passed away Friday Sept. 7, 2018.

He was born in Chester, WV, to Grace (Morgan) and John Beckner, Feb. 10 1930.

During his time in the Air Force, he spent 10 years as an EOD (bomb disposal) technician and the remaining 10 years in training and administrative superintendent positions serving more than 12 years overseas.

After the Air Force, he was employeed by the federal government and various companies, in various training and administrative positions before forming his own consulting company and finally retiring to his beloved WV.

A 1948 graduate of Chester High School, he had a degree from Weber State University and completed several classes towards a PhD at the university of Utah.

During his lifetime, he traveled to six continents from the North Pole to Antartica, Europe, Central and South America, Asia, Africa, all 50 states, all provinces and territories of Canada as well as every county in WV.

He always tried to give back to others, from training Cub Scouts in Quebec, Canada; to training volunteers in the first drug abuse clinic in Utah; forming and looking after a free, once weekly meal for less fortunate at St. Mathews Church, Chester; 10 years as an AARP Safe Driving Instructor and District Coordinator; and almost 10 years as an RSVP volunteer, three terms as a senator in West Virginia Senior House of Delegates and various other positions in locales where he lived.

In his early life, he was a very active fisherman, loved reading, formed three book clubs, and traveling. His later years were after his “Almost Heaven” log cabin in Chester.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by several brothers and one sister.

He is survived by his daughter Stephanie Murray and her husband Dennis of Chester; a brother Jack Beckner of Columbiana, OH; three grandchildren and three grat-grandchildren. There will be no visitation. Arrangments are being handled by Turley Funeral Home, New Cumblerland, WV.