Our caring husband, father, brother, grandfather and friend Bert M. Beck passed away after a five month battle with cancer on May 6, 1996 at his home in West Valley City. He was 62.
Born November 28, 1933 in Salt Lake City to Harold F. and Iris Berry Beck. His family later moved to Cedar City, Utah where he attended grade school and junior high school. He joined the Navy at age 16 and spent 30 years serving his country. He served in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He was a member of the Veterans of the Foreign Wars and the American Legion, and acted as Quarter Master and National Aide de Camp for the VFW for many years. He was a life member of the Atomic Post 4355. He was later employed by the Salt Lake School District for close to six years where he thoroughly enjoyed working with many who became good friends.He married Mary Evelyn Beck on April 18, 1964. After lovingly caring for her through a long twelve year illness, she preceded him in death in 1989. He married Jane Wiggins Stevens on July 7, 1990 in West Valley City. They packaged a lifetime of fun and happiness in the six short years they spent together, enjoying remodeling their home, traveling, and "hanging out" with family and friends at Echo Reservoir. Jane gave to Bert a family unit that he had not had before, with two wonderful sons, and delightful grandchildren and great grandchildren whom he cherished and adored as if they were his own.
Bert is survived by his wife Jane, sons Frank Stevens (Vickie) and Kevin Stevens (Tessie), grandchildren Brian (Trisha), Michelle (Jason), and his special "pal" McKenzie, great grandchildren Shyann, Stormi and Lauren all of West Valley City, his mother Iris Coates of Salt Lake City, his brother Jim Beck (Betty) of Tooele, three sisters Shanna Jenson (Jack) of Cedar City, Peggy Kosel (Joe) of West Valley City, and Marie Frampton (Will) of Salt Lake City, mother-in-law Bonnie Wiggins and Sister-in-law Judy (Vic) Barnett both of Tooele, brothers-in-law Tom (Margaret) Wiggins of Castle Valley, Eddie (Ranee) Wiggins and sister-in-law Opal (Carl) Richardson both of Salt Lake City. He was preceded in death by his father Harold Beck.
A special thanks to a very dedicated doctor and friend Dr. Greg Dupont and the supportive ladies from Creekside, Michelle, Yetta, Susan and Nadine who made it possible for Bert to remain at home.
Memorial services will be held Thursday May 9, 1996, at 11 a.m., at the Utah Veterans Memorial Park Cemetery Chapel, 17111 S. Camp Williams Road, Bluffdale, UT. We invite friends and family to visit one hour prior to services.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made for cancer, aid and research, to the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Dept. of Utah, 2646 Hall, Cir., WVC, UT, 84119. Funeral Directors: Holbrook Funeral Chapel.
We are stronger, Bert, because of your trials and the strength you had to overcome them......never complaining.
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