LOUISVILLE, Colo. — Carl Robert Beckstrom, 50, lost his battle with COVID-19 on Dec. 16, 2020, at Avista Adventist Hospital in Louisville, Colo. with his loving family at his side.
Carl was born Nov. 21, 1970, in Green Bay, Wis. to Robert and Karen Beckstrom. He married Jenelle Halm on Aug. 16, 2003, in LeRoy, Ill.
Carl is survived by his wife, Jenelle; daughter, Ella of Grand Island, Neb.; his parents, Robert and Karen Beckstrom of Oshkosh, Wis.; sister, Sonja Voeller (Tim) and nephew, Henry Voeller of Cedarburg, Wis.; uncle, Gerald W. McMullen and many cousins from Spokane, Wash., along with the family dogs, Riggs, Tar and Charlie.
Carl graduated from Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. He was active in sports: football, track and field, power lifting and ski club. Carl was selected to participate in the Junior Olympics held in Steamboat Springs, Colo., proudly skiing in the Nordic Combined event. Following graduation he entered the U.S. Marine Corps, achieving the rank of sergeant.
Upon completing his active duty Carl continued to serve as a Marine Reservist while attending the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in speech communications with minors in business administration and organizational communications. He served as president of the Communications Club while at the university.
Carl was employed in the banking industry for 25 years where he was a proud employee of Wells Fargo, Associated Bank, BMO, First National Bank and Sunflower Bank. At the time of his passing Carl served as regional president – Northern Colorado for Sunflower Bank.
After their marriage Carl and Jenelle resided in several locations, beginning in Peoria, Ill., and relocating to Fishers, Ind.; Channahon, Ill.; Wausau, Wis.; and Grand Island, Neb. At the time of his passing, Carl commuted between his home in Nebraska and his work in Boulder, Colo., until their daughter would graduate from high school.
Carl loved life and was passionate about everything, from his relationship with family and friends to his work ethic and anything related to the outdoors. He was a kind, fun-loving, energetic, caring person who loved nothing more than watching his daughter Ella play volleyball. He was active in dog field trials and was an avid hunter and fly fisherman. His sense of humor will be missed by all who knew him.
Carl was preceded in death by his grandparents, Harold and Grace Beckstrom and step-grandfather, Sig Quist of Iron Mountain and Walter and Lucille McMullen of Florence, Wis.
Carl’s funeral service will be held in Oshkosh, at a date to be determined due to Covid-19 concerns. A graveside service will also be held in Iron Mountain.
In lieu of flowers and in memory of Carl, donations may be made to The Ella Beckstrom Education Fund, at Sunflower Bank, 1738 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302, or by calling the bank at 720-931-5969. This fund will be independently administrated by the bank and funds will be released only for specific education expenses.