Donald A. Beck
- March 2, 1930 - January 21, 2013
- Saint Charles
of Donald's Passing
Wings of Hope
St. Robert Bellarmine Church
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“We were so sad to hear of Don's passing. Don and Mary Ann were two of the greatest people we will ever know. You are so blessed to have had them...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Judy & Mike Belloli - Fort Mill, SC
“Don and Mary Ann became family to me very quickly after Kathy and I were married. We spent hours by their poolside and travelled around the country...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Dave Witt - Richmond, VA
“Uncle Don always brought a smile to my face. He was like a big teddy bear, kinda of rough on the outside but a total softy. Especially when it came...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Maureen from the Puskas Family - FL
“Meeting Don and Mary Ann at Bogey Hills in 1964 was one of the best things that ever happened in my life-what wonderful, caring friends they became -...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Becky & Jim Betts - Charlotte, NC
“We were so sorry to read of your father's death. We had many good times with Mary Ann and Don. What a great couple they were! Our prayers...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Pat Regan - O'Fallon, MO - friend
“Paul and I are so sorry to learn of the passing of your Dad!! Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
6 of 14 | Posted by: Cheryl and Paul Zorch - SC
“I am so sad to here this. My heartfelt sympathy to all of you. I know you have many great memories of your folks and I pray that these will help you...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Joan DeSplinter - St. Charles, MO
“I am so sorry. Don was a great man, always one of my favorites. He had a brilliant and quirky sense of humor, and he radiated a kind of gruff...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Dave Drabold - Athens, OH
“Jan, I am so sorry to hear of you dads passing. All my thoughts and prayers are with you and you family. God Bless you all.........Gerri
9 of 14 | Posted by: Gerri Arbaugh - Rogers, AR
“Uncle Don and Aunt Mary Ann were very special to our family. They always stopped in Wichita to see my Dad and step-mom when they went to LaJunta to...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Deanna Schneidewind - Wichita, KS
“In the summer of 1948, two eighteen year old boys were assigned together as rommates in "Beast Barracks" at West Point. One was from Colorado and...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: Gene Gribble - Orlando, FL
“I only meet u one time it was a wonderful. Meeting I knew u loved to play golf with your daughter Kathy .. Rest In peace my friend ... ;)
12 of 14 | Posted by: Shelley urban - Richmond , VA
“So sorry to hear the news of the passing of your Dad (& granddad)- May all the happy memories and the greatest gift of all... a life well lived help...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Laurie & Scott Pettit - Richmond, VA
“I will miss uncle Don! I send my Love to all of you. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers.
14 of 14 | Posted by: LINDA STEPHENS - GREELEY, CO
Donald Almon Beck
Born March 2, 1930 in Dodge City, Kansas. Don spent his high school years in LaJunta Colorado, distinguishing himself in academics and athletics and earning an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy, where he played defensive back for the national champion Army football team and also ran track. His talent for intercepting the football earned him the nickname "Boom-boom". He went on to graduate cum laude with a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and after serving as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Korean war, made his career in the aerospace industry, retiring from McDonnell Douglas.
Don was an avid golfer and enjoyed travel, bridge and watching sports, especially Notre Dame Football and any event in which his grandchildren competed. In recent years he volunteered for Wings of Hope and Cardinal Ritter Senior Services. Above all, he was dedicated to his family and lived as an example of integrity and humility. Don's kindness and sense of humor endeared him to everyone he knew.
Don was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 55 years, Mary Ann Puskas of South Bend, Indiana, and survived by their four daughters, Kathy Witt (David); Jan PeConga (Geoff); Laurie Slattery (Jim); and Jennifer Longo (Michael); nine adoring grandchildren, and his sister Becky Hamilton, of Canon City CO.
Services: The family is being served by The Baue Funeral and Memorial Center, 3950 West Clay Street, St. Charles, MO where a Memorial Service will be held Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 10:00 AM with a gathering immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Wings of Hope or St. Robert Bellarmine Church.