beck, william

William R. Beck, Jr. 1967 - 2019 William Randolph Beck, Jr, son of William Randolph, Sr. and Mary Agnes (Stone) Beck was born on September 17, 1967 in Des Moines, Iowa. He unexpectedly passed away on Thursday, May 23, 2019. As an organ donor, William was able to help many people with his gracious gift of extended life to those in need. William graduated from Lincoln High School in Des Moines in 1986. He was involved in Boy Scouts as a youngster. Following high school graduation he attended the University of Iowa and Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville. William worked as a Retail Manager at Barbara's Books and most recently at Ace Hardware. William was proud that he had become a deacon at his church, the Shenandoah First Christian Church, where he was member and helped with many church activities. He was a certified church Minister with Universal Life church. In his spare time William enjoyed bowling, watching hockey, especially his favorite team, the Chicago Blackhawks. He enjoyed brewing his own beer, biking and wood working. On October 28, 2006 William was united in marriage to Mary Joan (Boyer) Sparks in Chicago, Illinois. They lived a short time in Chicago before settling in Shenandoah. At that time, he became a step father to Mary's three daughters, Samantha, Amy and Bridgett. Preceding William in death was his father, William Beck, Sr. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Mary of Shenandoah; his mother Mary Agnes Beck of Des Moines; three siblings, Cindy (Scott) Carpenter of Des Moines, Pete (Lisa) Beck of Des Moines, and Jenn (JT) McCubbin of Glover, SC; step daughters, Samantha Stoner, Amy Stoner and Bridgett Stoner; as well as other relatives and many friends. A celebration of life memorial service for William was held on Friday, June 7, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the First Christian Church in Shenandoah with Pastor Nancy Thomas officiating. Special music was "Goodbye Girl", "Long Walk Home" and "End Of The Line". Registry attendants were Pat Beavers and Julie Denhart. Ushers were Tom Beavers and Joe Denhart. Lunch and fellowship with the family took place in the church hall following the service. Memorials in William's name are being directed to the Shenandoah First Christian Church. Professional arrangements were under the direction the Nishna Valley Funeral and Cremation Service in Shenandoah. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at: swimemorial.com on the web. .

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