Max Riley Beck, 87, of Chelsea, passed away Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, at St. Lukes Hospital in Cedar Rapids. Funeral Services will be held Monday, Dec. 30, at 10:30 a.m. at Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home in Tama. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Toledo. Visitation will be held Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013 from 4-6 p.m. at Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home.
Max was born on Aug. 3, 1926, in Toledo, the son of Lester and Wayma (Alexander) Beck.
He graduated from Toledo High School.
Max Riley Beck
Max served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II.
On March 6, 1949, he was united in marriage to Doris Jean Kline in Gladbrook. Max was a farmer in the Toledo and Chelsea area and also worked at Pioneer Seeds for a time. He was a member of the First Congregational Church in Belle Plaine, American Legion and Farm Bureau. Max enjoyed dancing and playing cards.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Doris of Chelsea; four sons, Richard Beck, Topeka, Kan., Thomas (Colleen) Beck, Bettendorf, Merlyn Beck, Ames, and Bruce (Yadira) Beck, Chelsea; two daughters, Marcia (Todd) Pedersen,Marion, and Tamara (Darren) Bennett of Grayson, Ga.; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Ila Jean Bratton, Toledo, Lavonne Cherveny, Toledo, and Sherry Lathorp of Ill.; one brother, Timothy Beck, Toledo; and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents; and one sister, Lorna McCord.
A memorial fund has been established.