Frank Beck, 92|
Frank Beck, 92, was received in Heaven on Dec. 22, 2011. He was born on June 7, 1919 in West Bend to Michael August Beck and Amanda Schacht. He is survived by his wife Billie J. Beck and 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; Mary (Gary) Fischer of Moscow Mills, Mo.; Cynthia Beck; and Melissa (Michael) Skroblin of Wisconsin. Further survived by 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 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-52s out of Columbus, AFB Miss. 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 USAF 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.
Services: The family is being served by The Baue Funeral Home. A visitation was held at St. Barnabas Catholic Church, 1400 North Main St., O’Fallon, Mo., Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011 9-11 a.m. and Funeral Mass followed at 11 a.m. with Rev. Hogam officiating. At a later date, private burial. Memorials may be made to Wounded Warriors, American Legion Post #388, or Veterans of Foreign Wars in O’Fallon, Mo. Share your condolences and memories at baue.com.