Howard Wayne Beckner, 83, of Amarillo, TX passed away on September 29, 2023.
A Memorial service will be at 10:00 A.M., Friday, October 6, 2023, in the Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Dr. G. A Roach officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Howard was born in Clayton, New Mexico on January 13, 1940, to Nora and Cecil “Lefty” Beckner. He graduated Clayton High School in 1958 and attended college at New Mexico State for a few years. He drove cattle trucks as a young man and was employed with Coca Cola for 13 years. He then started his own business, Beckner Construction. Howard was a hard worker, nothing made him happier than to have a job to do. He did everything from building homes, full remodels, and bedroom suites to rocking horses and cutting boards. He, along with his parents, built the house he has lived in for 57 years. Even during his most recent hospital stay, he continued to keep his mind sharp by watching wood working videos to pass the time. He was passionate about spending time with his family while snow skiing, camping, going to casinos, fishing and drag races. He loved following the grandkids around to all their events and even working pit for the grandsons riding dirt bikes. His grandkids lovingly referred to him as ‘Papa Howie’.
He was preceded in death by his mom, Nora and his dad, Lefty, brother Norman Beckner, great-grandson Jules, and two sons-in-law Carl and Tommy.
Survivors include his sister Wilma Black, daughter Kelly and Dane Dodge of Pampa, Texas, son Sterling and Robbie Ann Beckner of Amarillo, Texas, and daughter Stephanie and Duke Sanders of Amarillo, Texas. His precious eight grandchildren Justin, Amanda, Michael, Coby, Jaeden, Chad, Chyana, and Mason, and fourteen great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 5:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M., Thursday, October 5th, 2023, at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home.