Donald Lloyd Beck was born on September 30, 1932, in Waltham, Minnesota, the son of Earl and Angeline (Severtson) Beck. He was baptized in 1932, in Waltham and confirmed in 1945, at Grace Lutheran Church in Austin, Minnesota. Don attended Austin High School. On November 23, 1949, Don entered the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War as a Radar Operator. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Airman First Class on November 25, 1953. On December 3, 1955, he was united in marriage to Charlene Faye McLaughlin in Manning, Iowa. Don started at Shield Bantam Company in Waverly in March of 1959. Starting as a draftsman, he advanced to service manager. He retired on April 1, 1993, following 34 years of service.
Don was a faithful member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Waverly and also a member of the Amvets Post #79, V.F.W. Post #2208, Waverly Archery Club, and IOMA Pool Association. In his spare time, Don enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, any activity outdoors, dog training, billiards, wood-working, archery and golf (getting 2 holes-in-one in one year). He was an Iowa State Archery champion and an Iowa Billiards champion. What gave Don the most joy was spending time with his family, his friends and his labradors.
Don is survived by his loving wife of over 59 years, Charlene Beck of Waverly, Iowa; his four children; Jeff (Cathy) Beck of Chaska, Minnesota, Greg (Katie) Beck of Mingo, Iowa, Jackie (Alan) Bumgardner of Austin, Minnesota, Valerie (Kirk) Dixon of Parkville, Missouri; 9 grandchildren, Angel (Luke) Gindele, Ben and Jason Beck, Ali and Carlee Beck, Alex (Michelle) Bumgardner and Ashley (Patrick) McLaren, Jackson and Jayme Dixon; 5 great grandchildren, Kailee Beck, Clayton and Gabrielle Gindele, Eli Bumgardner, Beckett McLaren; 3 step-grandchildren; one sister, Marvel Mogen of Austin, Minnesota; and a brother Gary (Gloria) Beck of Sun City, Arizona. He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Angeline Beck; 2 sisters, Betty Heise, Donna O’Haver; 2 brothers, Roger and Laverne Beck; and his father and mother-in-law, Frank and Violet McLaughlin.