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Amil Tellers and friends are saddened by the loss of two members of the Amil Tellers family, Harold Beckett and Paul Rizor. The following are their obituaries from The Lima News:
LIMA — Harold Beckett age 95, of Lima passed away Thursday, Sept. 20.
He was the first born March 13, 1923 to the late Harry I and Vivian Evelyn Turner Beckett. He served in the combat infantry during WWII. He married Juanita Cannon Aug. 30, 1947, and she preceded him in death on Oct. 2, 2017.
His mom taught him how to sing harmony while they did dishes together. He also performed in Vaudeville playing a harmonica and accompanying himself with an accordion. He said he enjoyed waiting in the wings with the comedians although his mom did not approve.
He moved to Lima in the early 1950s and began teaching music for Shawnee Public Schools. He helped to organize an area Eisteddfod( Welsh singing competition). He later became an adjudicator for OMEA Music Festivals. Harold's fondest memories were of working with the students at Shawnee High School. He enjoyed putting on Musical Theater with the help of his friend George Dunster at Shawnee High School.
He was the cantorial soloist for Temple Beth Isreal-Shaare Zedek for 60 years where he had many friends. Beckett was active with the Lima Civic Chorus and Lima Symphony Orchestra. He also served as choir director at Grace Methodist Church, Shawnee Methodist Church, First Baptist Church. After retiring from Shawnee Schools, Harold joined the music faculty at Ohio Northern University where he taught voice. He was proud that many of his former students went on to have successful careers in music.
During his career he studied at the Meadowbrook School of Music in Michigan and studied under Robert Shaw while attending the Tanglewood Music Festival where he was a soloist with the Robert Shaw Choral and Boston Symphony Orchestra. It was while studying at Tanglewood that he sang "The Old Oaken Bucket" for the 100th birthday of the artist Grandma Moses and roomed with fellow student, Seiji Ozawa.
Harold Beckett is preceded in death by his two brothers, Carl Thomas (Margaret) Beckett and Harry (Dortha) Beckett.
Survivors include two sons: Thomas M. Beckett of Lima and Jeffrey W. Beckett of Cut Bank, MT.
Private family services and burial will be in Ft. Amanda Cemetery.
The family request any contributions be made to the Lima Symphony Orchestra.
Online condolences may be shared at BayliffAndSon.com
LIMA — Paul DaPore Rizor 67, passed away Saturday, September 29, 2018 at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima, Ohio.
Paul was born on Friday, July 6, 1951 in Lima, Ohio, to the late Paul Edwin Rizor & Barbara Ellen (DaPore) Rizor-Evans. On November 23, 1990, he married Brenda (Homan) Rizor, who survives in Lima, Ohio.
Paul was a graduate of Shawnee High School in 1969, Ohio Northern University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1973, and Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law in 1976. He was a member and past president of the Allen County Bar Association and a member of the Ohio Bar Association. Paul served as an attorney for ARC and served as a UAW attorney. He was also an Assistant to the Ohio Attorney General. Paul was in private practice for 30 years in Lima, Ohio, initially with Navarre, Rizor, and DaPore, and later with Rizor, Minnard, and Rizor. He was a member of Encore Theater's Amil Tellers and served on the board as well as past president of Encore Theater's Amil Tellers. He acted, directed, produced, and designed theatrical sets for a period spanning 49 years at the theater. Paul was one of the founding members of Town Square Music Company in Lima. He was a former member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Lima, and is a current member of St. Charles Catholic Church in Lima, where he was a past member of their Visitation Sunday committees and a lector.
He had a special place in his heart for his grandchildren. He was a jovial grandpa who loved letting his grandchildren climb all over him. Paul was a fly fisherman who particularly enjoyed the Au Sable River near Grayling, Michigan as well as Montana and Alaska. He loved blues music, and was overly brilliant and generous, helping so many people in his practice and personal life. He was a mentor to young people. He was known to friends as Chef Paul for his love of cooking and ability to identify the ingredients in most any restaurant Chef's dish and replicate it at home. He looked forward to every Thursday morning breakfast with his prayer buddies.
He is survived by his wife Brenda, daughters Ellissa Rizor of Lima, and Elayna (Elijah) Keating of New Albany, OH, grandchildren Eliana and Elliott, in-laws Keith (Sue) Homan of Celina, OH, Linda (Dave) Vogel of St. Mary's, OH, and Craig (Amy) Homan, of Goodyear, AZ, 8 nieces and nephews, and 9 great nieces, nephews, and many cousins. Paul was preceded in death by his parents, step-father Clyde Evans, and brothers Matthew Rizor and Brad Rizor.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 from 2-7: 30 p.m. at Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home, Lima, with a wake service following at 7:30 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at St. Charles Catholic Church, Lima, with visiting time from 9-10a.m. at the church. Father Kent Kaufman will officiate. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Lima.
Memorial contributions may be made to Encore Theater.
Online condolences may be made by visiting www.chamberlainhuckeriede.com
CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM
We have replaced all of the existing stage lights with LED lighting. These lights are more efficient and use about one-third the electrical power. The color selections for lighting effects can be adjusted at the control screen in the light booth. We replaced approximately forty-eight jell lights with twenty-seven LED lights. The cost of the theater lighting was about $55,000. Also several additional lights have been replaced around the theater with LED’s. Three additional spot lights were purchased and installed to complete the lighting requirements for the auditorium.
The retaining wall outside the theater leading into the overhead doors has been replaced. The air conditioner has been replaced in the lighting booth. The total Restricted Funds available as of January 16, 2018 is $12,790.00. We have the capital loan to pay off which take about $1500.00 every month. Thanks to everyone who has helped raise these funds and who has worked on our capital improvements.