The Obit For Daniel Beck

Daniel E. Beck
(September 22, 1925 - July 4, 2012)
July 6, 2012

Daniel E. Beck, 86, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 4, 2012, of natural causes.

Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 7, at Nativity Catholic Church , where friends may call from 8:30 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday . Rev. Scott Bullock will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West. Military honors will be accorded. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service is entrusted with arrangements.

Daniel Eldon Beck was born September 22, 1925 in Dubuque, the son of Nicklaus and Emma (Smith) Beck. He graduated from St. Raphael’s Catholic School and Dubuque Senior High School. Daniel served his country with the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II, and was awarded a Purple Heart. Nicknamed “Boom-Boom”, Daniel played minor league baseball in the Sooner League of Oklahoma in the late 1940’s. An avid bowler, he rolled one of the first recorded 300 games at the old Riverside Bowl in 1961.

Daniel married Mary Gertrude Murphy in May of 1955, and they were together until her death on September 13, 2008.

Daniel was employed by the U.S. Postal Service, working as a mailman for 40 years. Later, he worked as an operator at the 4th St. Elevator.

Those left to cherish his memory include four daughters, Patrice (John) Duffy, Mary (Robert Pape) Beck, Ellen (Jeff) Heim, and Margaret Beck; two sons, Bernie Beck and John (Debbie) Beck; his grandchildren, Rebecca, Kathleen, Dolores, Daniel, and Nicklaus Duffy, Celeste and Vincent Heim, Alec Beck, and Jason Adams; one great granddaughter, Kylie Adams; and his brother, Wesley “Duke” (Mildred) Beck.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; and a half-brother, Cletus Beck.

Memorials may be made to the Daniel E. Beck Memorial Fund.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff and residents at Mount Pleasant Home, Mercy Hospital, and Heritage Manor for your care and concern for Daniel.