Darwin F. Beck, age 87 of Ridgeville Corners, passed away on Wednesday morning, November 13, 2019 at his home surrounded by his family.
He was born on February 25, 1932 to John and Helen (Clemens) Beck in Henry County. He was a 1950 graduate of Ridgeville High School. Darwin proudly served our country in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. On June 13, 1953 he married Rita M. (Burkholder) Beck, who resides in Ridgeville Corners.
Darwin was a faithful member of St. Michael's Catholic Church. He enjoyed his involvement at church as a council member and usher. He was a member of the Board of Directors at Dime Bank, and the Zoning Board in Ridgeville Corners. Since 1966 he owned and operated Ridgeville Elevator, Inc. until the time of his death. Darwin had a true passion for working at the elevator. In his leisure time he enjoyed fishing, hunting, traveling, tractor pulls, and fast cars. He will be sadly missed by his family and many good friends.
Darwin is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Rita Beck of Ridgeville Corners, his children; Patricia (John) Shotwell, Teresa (Jeffery) Reeb, Michael T. (Sally) Beck, and Christine (Corkey) Haines, all of Ridgeville Corners. He also leaves behind five grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and two step-great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Joseph, Charles, and John Beck, and his sister, Donelda Steffan.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, November 15, 2019 at St. Michael's Ridge Catholic Church, with Fr. Jacob Gordon officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will follow the service at St. Michael's Ridge Catholic Cemetery, with graveside military honors accorded by VFW #3360.
Memorials are suggested to the church, or American Cancer Society. Online condolences can be given at www.Schafferfh.com.
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