Kenneth J. Beck
Kenneth J. Beck, age 59, of Faribault died on Sunday, July 5, 2009 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis.
A celebration of his life service will be held at The Paradise Center for the Arts, Faribault, on Wednesday, July 15, 2009 at 2 p.m.
A gathering will be held at the Paradise for one hour prior to the service.
Kenneth J., the son of Paul C. and Mildred (Klein) Beck was born on August 2, 1949 in Waterloo, Iowa. He graduated from Hill High School, St. Paul and Mankato State University. He married Marcia L. Morris on April 16, 1983 in Minneapolis. He was formerly employed by Snyder Drug Stores managing stores in the Twin Cities and later in Faribault for 17 years. For the past eight years, he and his wife, Marcia, owned and operated JAVALIVE Community Coffee House in downtown Faribault. Ken was an avid supporter of the Faribault community and the arts. He served on several committees and boards and enjoyed performing in various theater productions. He was a very active Democrat.
He is survived by his wife, Marcia L. Morris-Beck of Faribault; six siblings, The Reverend Robert Beck of Dubuque, IA, Leon (and Nancy) Beck of Inver Grove Heights, MN, Paul (and Judy) Beck of Dubuque, IA, Rita (and Jack) Massart of DeBary, FL, Phyllis Beck Kritik of Half Moon Bay, CA and Mary Beck of Orlando, FL; his mother in law, Corinne Morris of Des Moines, IA and June Beck (Paul C. Beck’s wife) of Oakdale, MN as well as aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
He was preceded in death by parents; his father in law, Robert D. Morris; one sister, Patricia Beck and one brother in law, Tim Morris.
It is the family’s request that any memorials be directed to the Paradise Center for the Arts.
I am so shocked by his passing. I moved from Faribault in 2006 and occasionally check the newspaper online. I now live in another state but I wish I could be there to help celebrate his life. He was such a wonderful person and will greatly be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and close friends.
I am so sorry for your loss. We moved from Faribault in 2008, so I had not seen Ken in awhile. He always had a smile on his face and always knew exactly what I was drinking. Guess I visited the place a few times. May time and the love of family and friends help you to heal during the days, months and years to come. Sincerely, Deb Clark Aitkin, MN