Marvin C. (Skip) Beck, 74, of Effingham, formerly of Cowden, passed away at 8:25 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, surrounded by his family at Lakeland Rehabilitation & Health Care Center, Effingham.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at First Christian Church of Cowden. The Rev. Nathan Harper will officiate. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, near Effingham. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the church and one hour before the service Saturday at the church. Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church of Cowden. Online condolences may be left at www.lockartgreenfuneralhome.com.
Skip was born May 31, 1939, in Cowden, the son of Harvey and Lulu Sloat Beck. He married Doris Hodson in 1959. In 1993, he married Janet Hardiek. Skip was the sole proprietor of Beck`s Shell Service Station in Cowden from 1959 until 1984. He, then, was employed at Goeckner Brothers in Effingham as an auto tech until 2002 when he retired. He came out of retirement to become a greens keeper at the Cardinal Golf Course in Effingham from which he retired, for the last time, in 2011.
Skip was an avid sports enthusiast. While in high school, he played basketball and baseball for the Cowden Hornets and still was a huge Hornets fan. The New York Yankees is the only major league baseball team for which he ever rooted. One of the greatest thrills of his life was getting to attend a ball game in Yankee Stadium.
Surviving are his wife, Janet; children, Rick (Melody) Beck of Hopkinsville, Ky., and Rhonda (Darrell) Clark of Cowden; stepson, Scott Krietemeyer of Effingham; Janet’s stepchildren, Amy Kingery, Donnie Krietemeyer and Perry Krietemeyer; grandchildren, Jacob (Katherine) Clark, Dakota Beck, Austin Beck and Sean Beck; stepgrandchildren, Aaron Weck, Dillon Weck and Bryttanni Krietemeyer; great-granddaughter, Cecilia Clark; and brother, Buddy Dale (Leah) Beck of Shelbyville.
Skip was preceded in death by his son, Ronald Dean Beck; his parents; brothers and sisters, Marie Banning, Myrtle Blickem, Pansy Carlisle, Ravis Beck, Raymond Beck, Raleigh Beck, Leon Beck, Dean Beck and Robert Beck.
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