Meet Eureka Alderman: Don Beckerle
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When Don Beckerle was delivering newspapers as a young boy in south St. Louis, he probably didn’t think about a career path that led down Interstate 44. But once he arrived in Eureka, he was here to stay.
“I started my first and current job here in 1988,” said Beckerle, who moved to Eureka to found Beckerle Financial Group, which provides insurance and financial planning and specializes in marketing, enrolling and administering voluntary insurance programs. In 2008 he ran for Ward 3 Alderman “to stay more in touch with activity within the city."
Since moving to Eureka, Beckerle and his wife, Sherry, started a family, which includes son Josh and daughter Julia, as well as their dog, Coda. One of Beckerle’s favorite activities is fishing, and father and son share a special bond over fishing, with an every-other-year trip to Canada a favorite vacation activity. A more regular pastime is golfing at The Legends, and settling down with one of author Vince Flynn’s political thrillers.
But there’s one activity where his south St. Louis roots come through. “I’m a south St. Louis Imo’s pizza lover, ” Beckerle said proudly. “I still claim the best Imo’s location is on South Hampton.”
For this topic, Beckerle lines up with fellow Alderman Bob Berry, who has a fondness for the Imo’s thin crust special. The two of them face off against Marilyn Leistner and Wes Sir, the pro-Joe Boccardi (Ristorante) side on Eureka's board.