James E. ‘Jim’ Beck, 94, Althouse estate manager, skilled handyman, liked working outdoors

By on July 12, 2017

James E. “Jim” Beck, 94, of Reamstown, passed away Tuesday, July 4, 2017, at Moravian Manor.

He was born in East Cocalico Township to the late Elias S. and Ruth (Fehr) Beck, and was the husband of the late Ethel (Good) Beck, who passed away in 2006.

Jim was a member of the Wyomissing Church of the Brethren. Before meeting his wife, Jim served in the Civilian Conservation Corps at the Westmoreland State Park in Virginia, CO 2352 Camp SP-19. Over the course of their married life, they lived and worked in Marietta, Millersville, Quarryville, Reading and then moved to Reamstown and lived there for a little more than 25 years.

Jim worked as an estate manager for C. Scott Althouse for 17 years, and then worked for Security of America Life Insurance Co. of Reading as a maintenance supervisor from 1970 to 1987. He was very handy at plumbing, electrical work, painting and wallpapering. Jim retired in September 1987. His hobbies were working outside doing farming, lawn care, flower gardening, and reading and doing jigsaw puzzles with his friends and family.

He is survived by a son: James, husband of Carol Beck of Wernersville; a daughter: Joyce, wife of Day Fasnacht, of Denver; five grandchildren: Keith Beck; Todd, husband of Anna Beck; Jennifer, wife of Matthew Martzall; Mitchell, husband of Kelly Fasnacht; and Teresa Strohl; four great-grandchildren: Caleb and Nash Fasnacht, Parker and Skyler Strohl;

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson: Julian Peter Fasnacht; two infant siblings: Alvin and Arlene Beck; five brothers: Henry, Harold, Carl “Ben,” Ammon, and Joseph Beck; five sisters: Helen Preperto, Alice Ecenrode, Minie Lohr, Dorothy Hogarth, and Frances Hogarth.

Services were held July 8 at the Roseboro Stradling Funeral Home, Denver. Interment was in the United Brethren Church Cemetery.

The family would like to thank all the caregivers from the Herrnhut Unit at Moravian Manor, and hospice from Masonic Village for the excellent care given to Jim.

Arrangements by Roseboro Stradling Funeral and Cremation Services Inc., Denver. Online condolences can be given at roseborostradling.com.

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