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A funeral ceremony honoring and remembering Kenneth Wade Beck will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at the Chapel of the Garden at Rice Funeral Service in Claremore. Interment will follow in the Chelsea Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Monday evening at the funeral home. Kenneth passed away Friday morning, July 28, 2017 at his home in Chelsea at the age of 90.
Born Feb. 15, 1927 on his parents farm east of Chelsea, Okla., Kenneth was the son of Walter F. "Watt" Beck and Lelia Ann Rathfon. Kenneth was raised in the Chelsea area and attended Chelsea Schools.
In April of 1946 he enlisted in the US Army and served his country during the Second World War stateside. Soon after coming home he met the love of his life, and partner, Miss Louise Josephine Fennell at a bus stop in Chelsea, when she came along with his sister to pick him up. After a courtship, Louise became the young bride of Kenneth Beck. They were married in a wedding ceremony that took place April 20th, 1948 in Tulsa. For the first year and a half, Tulsa would be home for the couple. Then they moved to the place where this romance first began, and made Chelsea their home.
They operated a dairy business in Chelsea for twelve years, and Kenneth worked for the Postal Service as a mail carrier.
They were members of the Alluwe Methodist Church and Mr. Beck was a Freemason, and the last surviving member of the Chelsea Independent Order of Oddfellows. He was an outdoorsman: he enjoyed quail and deer hunting, and loved being outside.
He went out to his farm every day, keeping some beef cattle even after he moved into town. He was a very particular man, who wanted things done in a very specific way and in a specific order - a very detail oriented man. With few exceptions all his Dogs were named "Mitzy", his bulls: "George" and his horses named "Joe".
Although he and Louise had no birth children, they had a "daughter of the heart", who was as much a part of their family as anyone possibly could be.
Debbie and her children and grandchildren were also constant recipients of the love and mentorship of Kenneth and Louise.
He is preceded in death by his parents: Walter "Watt" and Lelia Ann (Rathfon) Beck ; his wife of over fifty years, Louise Josephine (Finnell)Beck; brothers: Harold "Bud" Beck and Charles Caldwell "Buck" Beck; sisters: Madeline Beck Stone, Norma Jean Beck Hemphill, and Sylvia "Honey" Beck Leathers.
Surviving family members include his "daughter of the heart", Deborah Winters and her husband Butch of Chelsea; and his sister, Wanda " Sis" (Beck) House, of Chelsea, OK.
Published on July 31, 2017
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