Retired Army Col. John O. Beckner, 69, who had been chairman of the membership committee of the Army Navy Country Club for the past 10 years, died of cardiac arrest Thursday at Arlington Hospital.
He had served on the country club's board of directors for many years and had been president of the District Golf Association in 1966 and 1967.
Col. Beckner was a native of Clarinda, Iowa. He was a graduate of the University of Iowa where he ran track and won nine medals at the Drake University relays.
He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the infrantry in 1933 and served with the Civilian Conservation Corps before World War II. During the war, he was an inspector general at Army ground replacement depots at Fort Meade, Md., and Camp Adair, Ore.
After the war he attended the Armed Forces Staff College at Norfolk, and then served as assistant operations officer of the Military District of Washington before retiring in 1954.
Col. Beckner drove a school bus for the Arlington County School Transportation Department for 16 years before retiring a second time in 1973. t
His decorations include the Legion of Merit.
Col. Beckner had lived in the Washington area since 1950 and was a resident of Arlington.
Survivors include his wife, Marguerite Beckner of Arlington; a daughter, Bette Papke of Fairfax, and seven grandchildren.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Tree Fund at the Army Navy Country Club.