Herb Beck

May 27, 1941 ~ August 31, 2021

Herbert William Beck of Farmington, passed away on August 31, 2021 at Parkland Hospital, Farmington, Missouri at the age of 80.  He was born May 27, 1941 to late William Lee Beck and Ruth (Kellogg) Beck in St. Louis, Missouri.  In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a sister, Grace Groh Bollman; foster parents, L. C. and Bea Mayes; and a foster sister, Toni Mayes Simms.

Herb lived at the Presbyterian Children's Home in Farmington, Missouri from a young age until graduation from Farmington High School.  After serving in the US Army, he worked at McDonnell Douglas Aircraft in St. Louis, Missouri.  Herb has a Bachelor's degree from Lincoln University and a Master's degree from Central Missouri State University.  He was an educator, a home builder, an inventor, and a self-employed businessman.  His hobbies were gardening, reading, woodworking, and tinkering in his shop.  Herb was a member of the Farmington Elks Lodge and the Sons of the American Revolution.

Herb is survived by his wife, Janet Cole Beck; daughters, Erin Beck of Farmington, Missouri and Shanna Raeker of Washington, Missouri; grandchildren, Abigail Raeker, Eleanor Raeker, Benjamin Raeker, and Sophia Beck; sister, Ruth Groh Christmann (Tom); brother, William Lee "Bill" Beck; sister-in-law, Rita Cole Stam (John); brother-in-law, Michael Cole (Kathy); brother-in-law, Vernon Bollman; and foster sister, Sandy Mayes Wade (Dan).   

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to Farmington Elks Scholarship Fund, Attention Kurt Bauche, P O BOX 109, Farmington, Missouri.  While the funeral arrangements will be private, the family requests that you send them a card describing your favorite memories of Herb.  Your card can be mailed to Herb Beck Family, 348 3rd Street, Farmington, MO 63640. Arrangements are under the direction of C.Z. Boyer & Son Funeral Home – Taylor Chapel in Farmington.

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  1. Janet and family, I haven’t kept up with you guys but I remember you
     from the Elks and also at the St. Joe picnics when Erin and I Worked and shared beers.  It was always good to see you two.  My mom and your mom bowled together for years Janet and remember you used to babysit us.  My prayers are with all of you.

  2. Janet & family – we were shocked & saddened to see Herb's obit. Our deepest sympathies & heartfelt appreciation for all you guys did for us thru the years.

  3. My wife and I were saddened by the news of Herb's passing. We were praying for him to recover. My wife loved talking to Herb and you at the class reunions He was a very personable and pleasant man to be around. I'm sure that all that knew him will miss him as we do.
    If there is ever anything that we can do for you Janet, please feel free to call us at any time.
    for any reason. 573-518-6502
    With our deepest Sympathy
    Donald & Jeannie Yeager

  4. Although I didn't get to see you both very much you were always so much fun to be around! Just want you to know that all of you have been on my heart. Much Love, Tammy

  5. Dear Janet, Erin, and Family

    Although I didn't know Herb very well, you two girls are two of my favorites.  I am so sad for you and all of your family; and I hope you can feel my love, hugs, and prayers.  Take Care.  Blessings, Jackie Berry

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