Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Obituary: Kenneth W. Beckerink, 79, Arkport

Kenneth W. Beckerink, 79, of Arkport, passed away peacefully Sunday (August 28, 2016). Born in Clymer, January 15, 1937, at the family home, he was the son of William and Wilma (Croscutt) Beckerink.
Ken was a graduate of Clymer Central School and received his Associate’s Degree from Alfred State College. He received his Bachelor’s Degree and his Master’s Degree from the State University of New York at Albany. Ken completed coursework toward his Phd at the University of Buffalo.
From 1955- 1957, Ken was employed by the Town of Clymer Highway Department where he especially enjoyed driving a new Oshkosh truck. From 1961-1962, he was employed as a Business Education Teacher at the Rush-Henrietta Central School, and from 1962-1967 as a Business Education Teacher at Southwestern Central School in Jamestown. From 1967 until his retirement in 1992, he served as Professor and Department Chair of the Business Department at Alfred State College.
Following his retirement, Ken was employed at the Wyoming County Bank in their Agricultural Loan Department. For several years Ken was a licensed Real Estate Broker for the former Winters Real Estate Company as well as the former Canisteo Valley Realty and later, the Sweeney Agency in Hornell. He spent several years teaching the salesman and real estate broker courses for the State of New York for the next generation of realtors.
Ken received the Outstanding Business Management Student of the Year award at Alfred State College, the Distinguished Service Award by the Lakewood Area Jaycees, and the Alumni Award for Outstanding Teacher at Alfred State College.
Ken served as a Village Trustee and Mayor for the Village of North Hornell, served as Director of the New York State Business Teacher’s Association and as a member of the Steuben Allegany Board of Realtors. He was a member and Chairman of Watson Homestead Board of Managers, the Alfred State Development Fund Board of Directors, the Alfred State Alumni Association, Chair of the Department Chairs Council at Alfred State College, as well as a member of numerous other committees at Alfred State. He was a member and past president of the Maple City Lions Club, a member of the Arkport Exchange Club, a member of the Clymer Hill Reformed Church , attended the United Methodist Church of Hornell and served on the church’s Trustees Committee.
Ken was a charter member of the “McDonald’s 8 am Men’s Coffee Group” and a member of the “Alfred State Lunch Round Table.” Ken especially loved being a part of these unofficial groups.
Ken was also a proud owner and operator of a multi-generational family farm in Clymer. He enjoyed spending time at the farm working in the woods, driving tractors, and completing “farm projects” with his grandsons.
Ken was predeceased by his parents, aunts and uncles, and several cousins.
He is survived by his wife, Judith Keith Beckerink to whom he was married December 31, 1960, in Sherman, NY; his daughters, Kathryn (Tom) Markel of Arkport and Karen Beckerink; grandsons, Joseph Markel of Ridgefield, Connecticut, and Brian Markel of Arkport; his brother, Perry (Doris) Beckerink of Clymer and his sister, Sandra Sperry of Corry, PA, as well as nieces, nephews, and cousins.

To send a remembrance to the family, please visit  The family is being assisted by Gerald R. Brown, Director.
The family will be present to receive friends on Thursday (Sept. 1, 2016) from 5 until 7 p.m. at the Bender-Brown & Powers Funeral Home, 354 Canisteo Street in Hornell. Funeral services will be held at the Hornell United Methodist Church, 7528 North Main Street Ext. (Corner of County Route 66), Hornell on Friday (Sept. 2, 2016) at 1 p.m. Burial will be in Holland Cemetery, Clymer, NY. Family and friends are invited to attend a graveside service at 1 pm Saturday (Sept. 3, 2016).

Friends wishing to remember Ken are asked to consider contributions to: Clymer Hill Reformed Church, 8435 Ravlin Hill Road, Clymer, NY 14724 or to the General Scholarship Fund, Alfred State College, Attn: Institutional Advancement, 10 Upper College Drive, Alfred, NY 14802.