Sealy News August 9, 2005
Funeral services for Darlene "Dee Dee" Julia Beckendorff, 57, of Sealy were held Saturday, July 30 from Knesek Bros. Hwy. 36 Chapel in Sealy with the Rev. John Tyler officiating. Interment was at Sealy Cemetery . Pallbear-ers were Doug and Bobby Browne, Ronnie Thrasher, John Kainer, Darin Pacher and Mike Rossi.
Darlene Julia Becken-dorff was born in Sealy, the daughter of Julius and Viola (Kenter) Vykoukal. She lived her life in Sealy attending Sealy Immaculate Conception Catholic School through the 8th grade, graduating from Sealy High School in 1965. Dee Dee and Milton Beckendorff began their 40 years of marriage on May 1, 1965 and were blessed with three sons, Jimmy Allen, Stewart Travis and Bradley Gene Beckendorff.
Dee Dee's main passion was her family, where she was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Her next passion was collecting, refurbishing and selling American antiques. This included her antique business, Country Antiques, serving the Sealy community for over 25 years. As a partner in her marriage, she was also a partner in the family rice farming operation and cattle business.
Dee Dee had a strong commitment to the community, and the preservation of its history. Past associations included the Austin County and Sealy Historical Societies, the Sealy Chamber of Commerce and the Sealy Football Booster Club. Dee Dee's greatest contribution to the Sealy Community was the preservation and restoration of the Preibisch building, formerly "My Place," which received a historical marker from the Texas Historical Commis-sion. She was also a managing partner in D&M Cattle Company, and was an active member in the Texas and Southwest Cattle Raisers Association. Dee Dee Beckendorff passed away Thursday, July 28 at her home in Sealy.
Survived by her husband Milton Beckendorff of Sealy, sons; Jimmy, Brad, Travis and wife Beverly Beckendorff, grandchildren; Mattie, Jake, Trenton and Brendon Beckendorff. Also survived by her sisters and brothers-in-law; Rosie and David Krueger, Patsy and Billy Browne, brother-in-law and sister-in-law; Malcolm and Charlene Beckendorff, nieces, Kelley Sommer and Christina Krueger, nephews; Chris Beckendorff, Bobby Browne, Doug Browne, and Steve Browne as well as many cousins.