Photo by George Lauby
Roger Lee Beckett
Services will be held Wednesday for Roger Lee Beckett, 67, of Stapleton, a respected musician who died May 18 in an auto accident.
Beckett was killed in a head-on collision on U.S. Highway 83 about seven miles north of Stapleton. Authorities say that Ford red extended cab pickup truck crossed the center line and collided with Beckett’s white minivan. Beckett's wife Barbara was seriously injured, but has been released from the hospital.
The Becketts have played music together for 20 years, working the road all over the country as well as local venues in the duo called Nightlife.
Roger was proficient on guitar and steel guitar. He played behind many famous musicians during his career, including Johnny Paycheck and Waylon Jennings.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home with Chaplain Robin Storer officiating. Online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com. A memorial has been established in his name.
Roger was born on July 14, 1945 in Huntington, W.V. to Arnold and Loevenia (Blevins) Beckett. He grew up in Huntington and entered the U.S. Army after high school. He served in Korea during the Vietnam War and earned a diesel mechanic degree in the military.
After his discharge he returned to West Virginia, where he began his music career. He also drove a semi-truck for 20 years.
On Dec. 23, 1995 he married Barbara Kramer and they settled in Stapleton.
Family and friends said Roger was a man of all means who enjoyed fishing, traveling and old cars. He loved his pets and his Lord. He was a caring man and a loving husband and father, according to his obituary.
Roger is survived by Barbara; children Joshua Lee Beckett of Stapleton, Regina (Tom) Burns of McCook, Robert Sean (Joann) Beckett of Michigan, and Roger Lee (and wife) Beckett Jr. also of Michigan; numerous grandchildren; sister Lucretia Riley of Heath, Ohio; uncle Robert Blevins of Huntington, WV; nephew Chris Whyde of Long Beach, Calif,; and many other family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law Fred Riley.