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

Nancy Carol Sigg

thumb

Nancy Carol Sigg, 59, Humboldt, passed away, Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, at Windsor Place in Iola. Nancy was born Jan. 15, 1955, in Wichita, the daughter of Winford and Maida (Makemsom) Black.She was a member of Restoration Fellowship Church in Humboldt. She loved spending time with... [More]

Casey Mangus

thumb

Nora Mae “Casey” Mangus, 86, Independence, formerly of Iola, died Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, at Montgomery Place in Independence.Friends may register today at Webb & Rodrick Chapel until 5 p.m., with the family receiving friends this afternoon from 2 to 5.Graveside... [More]

Laurie Leake

thumb

Laurie Ann Leake, 52, Iola, died Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, at her home.  Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Chapel in Iola. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery in Iola. Memorials are suggested to Allen County Animal Rescue Facility... [More]

More Obituaries

NEWS

IHS students weigh in on bond issue

thumb

If a number of Iola High School students had their say, an upcoming bond issue for new schools on the edge of Iola would pass overwhelmingly.Emma Piazza, IHS Student Council president, recently polled 85 of the 320-plus students on whether they favored the $50 million bond issue... [More]

Sales tax to help LaHarpe roads

thumb

LAHARPE — LaHarpe voters will decide at the upcoming general election whether to approve a 1-percent sales tax to help maintain city streets.If approved, the proceeds would make up lost funding from the state, prompted by the recent economic downturn, City Superintendent... [More]

Harrises’ route led them back to Iola

thumb

Fate played her hand in the teaming up of Leon and Ardith Harris, this year’s Farm Marshals for this weekend’s Farm-City Days.Though Leon was born in these parts, it wasn’t until he was a senior in high school that he returned to live on the family farm northwest... [More]

More News

AP Video

SPORTS

Mustangs lose to Burlington in heartbreaker

thumb

Trailing 24-21 to Burlington High with less than a minute to go in the game, Iola High’s football team had the ball on fourth and short at Wildcat 9. Kaden Macha took the ball on a quarterback keeper, diving through the offensive line. Burlington linebacker Maxx Serl was... [More]

Humboldt beats Erie to start district play

thumb

HUMBOLDT — Humboldt High opened district play on a high note Friday, roaring to leads of 28-0 after one quarter and 49-0 at halftime.Head coach K.B. Criss sat his varsity in the second half, and while visiting Erie started making noise, it wasn’t nearly enough in... [More]

More Sports

Register Online Edition Renew your subscription