Frank Beck

June 7, 1919 - Dec. 22, 2011

Frank Beck, 92, was received in heaven Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011. He was born June 7, 1919, in West Bend, to Michael August Beck and Amanda Schacht.

He is survived by his wife, Billie J. Beck; seven children, Pamela (Robert) Grady of Peyton, Colo., Michael (Verna) Beck of St. Peters, Mo., Elizabeth (James) Friederich of St. Charles, Mo., Carol (Phillip) Montgomery of Oklahoma City, Okla., Mary (Gary) Fischer of Moscow Mills, Mo., Cynthia Beck and Melissa (Michael) Skroblin of Wisconsin; two brothers, Robert and Edward; 20 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and his best friend and brother-in-law, Newell "Duke" Allen.

Following graduation from Holy Angels Catholic High School in West Bend, Frank served his country for 24 1/2 years. He was stationed at Horsham St. Faith in England. He served as a pilot in the 8th AFB 458th Bomb Group and 754 Bomb Squad. He flew 35 missions in a B-24 over Germany during World War II. Following the end of the war, Frank continued his career, flying B-52’s out of Columbus, AFB Mississippi, for the 454th Bomb Wing 736 Bomb Group. Frank was a member of the American Legion Post 388 in O’Fallon, Mo., VFW 5077 and DAV. With dignity and honor, Frank retired from the U.S. Air Force and worked for Boeing in St. Louis until 1982.

Frank loved to fly, reading and gardening. He was an avid bowler and bowled his last game three weeks before his trip to heaven. He leaves many friends behind at the bowling ally.

The love of his life was his family. He "doted" on his grandchildren. Unfailing kind - he lived his life with love and respect for all others. He will forever remain one of the greatest of the Great Generation, who gave their youth to his country. He will always remain in our hearts and memories.

Visitation was held Tuesday, Dec. 27, at St. Barnabas Catholic Church, 1400 N. Main St., O'Fallon. A funeral Mass followed, with the Rev. Hogam officiating. At a later date, a private burial will be held.

Memorials may be made to Wounded Warriors, American Legion Post #388, or Veterans of Foreign Wars in O’Fallon.

Baue Funeral Home, 636-940-1000, is serving the family. Share your condolences and memories at baue.com.