Harry J. Beck, 86, of Springfield, died at 10:20 a.m., Saturday, February 12, 2011 at St. John’s Hospice. He was born September 26, 1924 in Taylorville, IL to Henry and Amelia Hielcher Beck. He married Catherine R. Mulcahy on July 9, 1949 and she survives. Also surviving are one daughter Vicki L. (Dino) Sarti of Surprise, AZ; one son, Harry E. (Deborah) Beck of Downers Grove; four grandchildren, Harry C. (Melissa) Beck, Charles J. Beck, Austin R. Sarti, and Marina L. Sarti; two great-grandchildren, and one sister Pauline Schutt of Elgin
His parents, one son, Kent M. Beck and one sister, Marie Graczyk preceded him in death.
Harry was a former member of the VFW. He served in the Navy during World War II onboard the USS Woodcock. He was a graduate of Lanphier High School. Harry retired from A & M International in 1989.
Visitation: 4-6 p.m., Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at Staab Funeral Home with a prayer service at 4 p.m.
Funeral Mass: 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at St. Cabrini Church, with Reverend Richard Chiola officiating.
Burial will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery where Sangamon County Interveterans Burial Detail will conduct military honors.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Cabrini Church or St. John’s Hospice.
Prayer service at 4 pm
Time: 12:30 pm
Chatham Baptist Church
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