H. “Dean” Beck, 75, of Greenwich went home to be with his Lord and Savior Friday, March 5, 2010.
Dean was born Dec. 11, 1934, in Norwalk, son of the late Howard and Blanche (King) Beck. He graduated in 1953 from Greenwich High School. Dean was a veteran of the United States Army, serving in Germany.
Dean and Barb served the Greenwich community through their family owned business, Beck’s Garage. He was known to loan cars to complete strangers and service cars for free knowing “they need it more than me.” Dean was a linchpin of the community for more than 50 years.
After “retirement”, Dean found another passion for serving others through the American Red Cross as an integral team member of the Firelands Chapter for 15 years. He and Barb traveled around the country assisting in natural disaster relief, instructional training and local aid.
He was an active member of The Ripley Church for more than 60 years and passes on a spiritual legacy to his family, his church and to so many others with whom he came in contact. Dean was also a member of the Fitchville Conservation Club where he enjoyed trapshooting, the outdoors and the companionship of his fellow members.
He was a simple man with clear priorities: God, family and service to others. If one’s value in life is measured by the number of people helped or numbers of lives touched, Dean’s life was truly invaluable.
He leaves behind his loving wife of 56 years, Barbara (Birk); six children, Marty (Laurie) Beck of Norman, Okla., Bob Beck of New Bern, N.C., Kelly (Dr. Scott) Brown of Millersburg, Ohio, Karen (Todd) Lucht of Merritt Island, Fla., Kathy (Kevin) Kehres of Doylestown, Ohio, and Brian (Tricia) of Waterford, Mich.; 16 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; three sisters, Joan (Jim) Blubaugh of Chewelah, Wash., Jean Fike of Bucyrus and Sharon Beck of Greenwich; and sister-in-law, Bernice Birk of Lake Wales, Fla.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Gurdon Beck; two nieces, Glenna and Gay Pittenger; and two brothers-in-law, Dick Birk and Gordon Fike.
Visitation will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday and from 10 a.m. until service at 11 a.m. Tuesday in The Ripley Church, 4130 Edwards Road, Greenwich, with Pastor David Cobb officiating. Burial will follow in Edwards Grove Cemetery with military rites.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Dean’s name may be made to Firelands Chapter of the American Red Cross, 300 Central Ave., Sandusky, OH 44870 or Stein Hospice, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870.
Condolences may be expressed at eastmanfuneralhome.com.