Share |

Gale Beck

mugshot

Gale Dean Beck, 89, Iola, died Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at Windsor Place.
He was born Nov. 19, 1923, near Adams, on what was to become the family farm, to Russel Dewey Beck and Caroline Blumanhourst Beck. He was the oldest of seven children and an active 4-H member. After graduating from Adams High School in 1941 he worked in the area until he was inducted into the Army on July 23, 1944. He completed his training at Camp Hood, Texas. He sailed for Glasgow, Scotland on the Queen Mary, where he joined the 35th Division, and entered the European Theater in WWII. He was one of 36 men to be an Honor Guard for President Truman in August 1945. He was honorably discharged on June 23, 1946, from the Army.
In August 1946 he enrolled at Kansas State Agricultural College. He graduated in January 1951 with a degree in agricultural administration and was hired by USDA/ASCS(FSA) in Allen County. He retired in January 1985 after 34 years.
In 1954 he joined the Kansas Army National Guard and retired in November 1983 and achieved the rank of sergeant major.
Gale married Joan Beal on Aug. 30, 1956, in Iola. They made their home in Colony before moving to Iola.
He was involved in numerous organizations and accepted leadership roles in many of them. Some of these included NARFE, NASCOE/KASCOE, SAR, Lions, SEK Genealogy Society; Presbyterian Church as member, Elder, Clerk of the Session and choir; 35th Infantry Division; 137th Infantry Regiment; Meals on Wheels; Iola Library home bound book delivery; and VFW.
He is survived by his wife, Joan; his children, Terri Kretzmeier and husband Jay of Iola, Vicki Fry and husband William of Burlington, and David Beck of Iola; grandchildren Elizabeth Kretzmeier, Michelle Kretzmeier, Rebecca Smith, Jeri Edwards, Brenda Johnson, Daryl Beck and Jenna Anderson; great-grandchildren Alexander Smith, Jacquelyn Smith, Eric Hockett, Caleb Hockett, Joshua Hockett and Janie Myrick; two sisters Nora Ellen Allender, Norwich, and Olive Ann McCormick, Kingman; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two infant sisters, Reba Faye Beck and Norma Mae Beck, brother Eldon Leroy Beck, and sister Bonnie June Robertson Fite.
Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Chapel in Iola.
Services are at 10:30 a.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church in Iola. The Revs. Kathryn Bell and Dale Powell will officiate.
Burial is in Highland Cemetery, Iola.
Memorials may be made  to First Presbyterian Church or NARFE/Alz-heimer’s Research.
Online condolences for the family may be left at www.iolafuneral.com.

OBITUARIES

Blanche Boman

thumb

  Blanche N. Boman, 85, Las Cruces, N.M., died Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, at University Medical Center in El Paso, Texas. Blanche was born July 28, 1929, in Moran, to Archie E. Sr. and Ocie E. Dickenson Boman.  Blanche attended business school in Topeka, and in 1960... [More]

David Cannon

thumb

  David A. Cannon, 60, Parsons, died Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at Labette Health. Survivors include his wife, Teresa Cannon, of the home. Following cremation, family visitation will be announced at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of the Forbes-Hoffman Funeral... [More]

Stanley Miller

thumb

  Stanley A. Miller, 66, died on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in Grove, Okla.  Stanley was born on June 27, 1948 in Iola, to father Samuel A. Miller and mother Freda Del Miller. Stanley was preceded in death by his father in 1985 and mother in 2000, and a twin brother,... [More]

More Obituaries

NEWS

Lack of funds will force ACARF to close

thumb

Photo after photo of abandoned animals appear on a computer screen in the front office of the Allen County Animal Rescue Facility. Robyn Porter, vice president of the shelter’s board of directors, wipes away tears as she clicks on each photo and explains an animal’s... [More]

Mom changes ways for son

thumb

There was a time when illicit drugs were a daily preoccupation for Katrina Beatty. Now, her six-month-old son Cyrus Ryver is the apple of her eye day and night — and, Beatty likes to crow, she has been free of drugs for 11 months. “In two weeks I’m going... [More]

Neighboring parents weigh in on school bond issue

thumb

With local voters headed to the polls Nov. 4 to determine whether to build new elementary and high schools here, the Register has been asked on occasion to find out how parents regard new schools in Garnett and Chanute. So we did. Garnett Elementary School opened its doors... [More]

More News

AP Video

SPORTS

Mustangs gallop to first district win of season

thumb

GARNETT — After a convincing 42-13 win over Anderson County, Iola High’s football team is one week away from possibly making it to the Class 4A Division-II State Football Playoffs for the first time since 2008. “What I really liked that we did the... [More]

Iola volleyball looks for revenge

thumb

(Note: I had written that Iola won a three-set match against Anderson County in Thursday’s paper. Iola lost the match. Sorry, for the inconvenience. -Spencer Michelson) Iola High’s volleyball team will be looking for the sweetest kind of revenge against... [More]

More Sports

Register Online Edition Renew your subscription