J. Edward Beck
- September 13, 1927 - April 16, 2009
- Waynesboro, Pennsylvania
of Edward's Passing
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“Mr. Beck - I miss you sitting on the porch at Quincy playing cards with lib Rodgers...I'm sorry the card club folded as the house closed. Your boys...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Mary McGarity - Waynesboro, PA
“TO JOHN AND FAMILY. SO SORRY TO HEAR OF YOUR LOSS. REGARDS
2 of 8 | Posted by: chris guyer - PA
“Dear Ed, Steve, Tom, John and Mike - I am so sorry to hear about your dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.
3 of 8 | Posted by: Rebecca Hovis-Butts - Hedgesville, WV
“I was deeply saddened to learn of Ed's passing. Ed was a true gentleman always considerate of others and ready to help people whenever he could.
My...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: fred w. walters - brick, NJ
“Dear Ed, Steve, Tom and your families,
We're sorry to hear of your Father's passing. Our prayers go out to you and your families.
5 of 8 | Posted by: Mike and Sue Shatzer - Englewood, FL
Want to let you know your in our
thoughts and prayers.
He will really be missed, but the
memories of fun days will always be
with you...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Wayne & Ruth Gembe - PA
“Ed, Steve and Tom,
My condolences to you and your family. I still have very fond memories of spending many an hour at you house playing B-ball, and...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Mike Foster - Fairfax, VA
“To The Members Of The Beck Family,
I was very sad to hear of the passing of Ed, I took care of Ed at Providence Place for more then a year and we...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: Meghan Yoder - Waynesboro, PA
J. Edward "Ed" Beck, 81, formerly of 40 Eastland Circle, Waynesboro, died at 2:30 a.m. Thursday, April 16, 2009, in Quincy United Methodist Home.
Born September 13, 1927, in Waynesboro, he was the only child of Lester E. and Margaret (Anders) Beck. He was a life long resident of the Waynesboro area.
He attended Waynesboro schools graduating from Waynesboro High School in 1945.
Following training at Sheepshead Bay Maritime Training Center, New York, Beck served with the U.S. Merchant Marine escorting returning soldiers home from Europe following World War II, traveling to Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Algeria, France and the Panama Canal.
He married Dorothy Flory Beck on October 31, 1947 at Christ United Methodist Church and they raised five sons. His wife died May 1, 1994. He moved to Eastland Circle in 1990 and entered Quincy United Methodist Home for the second time on December 1, 2008.
After completing his service, he went to work with his father at L.E. Beck & Son, a Greencastle, PA pipe nipple manufacturing company, which also had operations in Atlanta, Georgia.
In 1963 he sold L.E. Beck & Son to Anvil Products, a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania company, and became an Anvil vice-president. He left Anvil and formed Beck Manufacturing Inc. with his sons in 1971, where he worked until his retirement. He was also an enthusiastic worker for his son, John Beck, at the Green Arbor Flower & Shrubbery Center.
He, along with John L. Grove, founded Falling Spring Corp. in 1965, a company that has owned and operated as many as five hotels in the Chambersburg and Hagerstown area. He was a member of the First National Bank & Trust Company board of directors for many years and served on the Waynesboro School District Authority during the 1970s when the school district constructed Summitview Elementary School, the Waynesboro Area Middle School and Fairview Avenue School.
He and his wife supported all their son's athletic activities from elementary school through college. He served as a Little League and Pony League coach and was a strong supporter of the Waynesboro YMCA. He was also a life member of the Mechanics S.F.E. & Hose Co. # 1, Inc., 10 Virginia Avenue. He was a lifelong Redskins fan, his family having held season tickets since 1937.
He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church.
He enjoyed woodworking, donating several dollhouses to the Waynesboro Gala Auction benefiting the Franklin County Unit of the American Cancer Society. His scale models of the Fahnestock House, Toll Gate House, Royer Farmstead and Oller House were displayed for many years at the Waynesboro Historical Society.
He is survived by his sons, J. Edward Beck Jr., Stephen E. Beck, Thomas E. Beck, John W. Beck and Michael D. Beck, all of Waynesboro; 15 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by Ginny Wolf Hollinger, Chambersburg, daughter of Virginia "Ginny" Wolf, to whom Beck was engaged prior to her death in 2001.
Services will be held 2:00 P.M., Sunday, April 19, 2009 in Christ United Methodist Church, 100 S. Church Street, Waynesboro, with Rev. Dr. A. Robert Cook, presiding. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery, Waynesboro.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Saturday evening, in Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, Waynesboro.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Waynesboro Area YMCA, 810 E. Main St., Waynesboro, 17268, or The Lunch Place, c/o Christ United Methodist Church, 6 W. Second St., Waynesboro, 17268.