Charles Beck II (1933 - 2012)

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Beck II., Charles Wesley Born in Fort Worth, Texas on June 26, 1933, and passed away on December 19, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Ann Beck; dau-ghter Julia Kenner and her husband, Don; step-daughter Peggy Ann Thomas and her husband, Michael; granddaugh-ters Catherine, Isabella, and Crista. He is also survived by his "Best Bud" and dearest friend, Tom Morey. Charles and Tom spent many happy hours and hard work restoring classic cars, telling war stories, talking about flying and their Navy experiences, also discuss-ing politics and life. Charles graduated from U.T. Austin in 1954 with a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering and was commissioned as a Navy Lieuten-ant. He completed four years of active duty at sea and at NACS and NASA as a Research Engineer 1957-1958. In 1960 he returned to U.T. Austin where he graduated with a B.S. and M.S in Electrical Engineer-ing. In 1975 he became the founding President of International Avionics, a position he held until his death. The company is a supplier of annunciator systems and control electronics to the general aviation industry, both original equipment manufacturers and aftermarket completion centers. Charles was dedicated to the design and manufacture of products that improved the safety and operation of aircraft. He received a J.D. from Baylor University School of Law in 1986. He was a member of the State Bar of Texas, and he was a Registered Professional Engineer. The family extends thanks and recognition to dear friends Sandra and Kenneth for their support during Charles's final years. Charles final act of generosity was participation in the Willed Body Program of U.T. Southwestern Medical School. Memorial gifts may be made to First Baptist Church of Richardson Mission Program, 1001 N. Central Expressway, Richardson, Texas 75080. A memorial service to honor his life and legacy will be held at a later date. and just a reminder: "Charles, do not tinker with any wings up there!"

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Published in Dallas Morning News on Jan. 6, 2013
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