Allan R. Beck (1934 - 2015)

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Funeral services for Allan R. Beck, 81, were held Monday, Nov. 9, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Story City. Rev. Stephen Anenson and Rev. Kurt Jensen officiated. Pallbearers were Allan's grandchildren: Justin LaValle, Jared Gamm, Austin Beck, Ethan Beck, Alex Votek, Samuel Beck and Jordan Olsen. The Soderstrum Funeral Home in Story City was in charge of the arrangements.
Allan R. Beck was born May 18, 1934 to Nels and Hazel (Smith) in Audubon County and died Nov. 4, 2015 at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames.
He graduated from Exira High School in 1953 and the received his Horticulture degree from Iowa State. After serving in the U.S. Army, he completed his masters degree at ISU. His career life was spent at ISU, Ames Greenhouses, Iowa State Fair judging, and Agri-Crops Consulting.
On Oct. 2, 1960, Allan was united in marriage to Nadine Chentland. In 1971, they moved to Story City and raised their family.
Allan was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Story City, the Iowa State Horticulture Society, Trees Forever and the Iowa Nut Growers Association. He enjoyed crocheting, gardening, traveling, sharing his knowledge of trees and of plant care, and going to all the activities of his 12 grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his infant daughter, Lynette in 1962 and his son-in-law, Dave Gamm.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Nadine Beck of Story City; his children, LeAnn Gamm of Lino Lakes, Minn., David (Cathy) Beck of Story City, Lisa (Mike) Votek of Gretna, Neb. Darwin (Leslie) Beck of Waukee, Lori (Bill) Butler of Alleman; his 12 grandchildren: Justin LaValle, Jenna LaValle, Jared Gamm, Danielle Beck, Austin Beck, Ethan Beck, Alex Votek, Amber Votek, Sam Beck, Laura Beck, Jordan Olsen, Jessica Butler and other relatives and friends.
Memorials may be made to Immaneul Lutheran Church in Story City
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Soderstrum Funeral Home
618 Lafayette
Story City, IA 50248
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Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Nov. 13 to Nov. 20, 2015
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