Beverly A. Stecker (Droz), 82, passed away at her Ramsey Village home on April 23, 2013. She was born in Brighton, IA, on August 22, 1930 to Glenn and Lola (Hinkle) Droz. She grew up in Cedar Rapids and became a drummer and singer for various nightclub bands in the area including the Hal Linden Band. Beverly also worked as a secretary for the Urology Department of the University of Iowa. It was there she met her husband, Robert "Bob" H. Stecker, Sr., a career infantry officer. They married in 1961 and spent the next twelve years in military life until Bob's retirement in 1973 led them to settle in Des Moines. Beverly brought her sense of style and elegance to her chosen role as supportive military wife, even serving as President of the Fort Benning, GA, Officers Wives Club. She sought out fun and laughter in life often enjoying bingo and slots. Her favorite moments were spent with her children and grandchildren and looking forward to her visits with her great-grand babies. She created a nurturing, secure home for her four children, the kind where homemade cookies waited after school.
Those left to cherish Beverly's memory include her children, Dennis Stecker, Lori Overton (Dave), Rob Stecker (Sylvia) and Stacey Stecker Jones; her grandchildren, Nickalaus Stecker, Wendy Crane (James), Jon, Danny and Chad Overton, Madi and Michael Jones, Erika Moore (Dick), and Alex, Adam and Olivia Stecker; her great-grandchildren, Kaitlynn, Nathan, Tyler and Brittney Overton and Abby and Ellie Crane; her brother, Gary Droz (Jean); sister-in-law, Gail Stecker; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob, in 2011; her parents, Glenn and Lola; and her daughter, Teri Ann.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at Iles Funeral Homes - Dunn's Chapel. Services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, May 3, at Dunn's Chapel followed by a 12:30 p.m. Friday committal at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery.
Beverly's family wishes to thank her extraordinary Ramsey Village caregivers, Bev, Tammy, Mirzetta, Kelly and Cathy for providing "above and beyond" care with their selfless support and friendship. In addition, a special thanks to Iowa Hospice for their exemplary support and care in her final days.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Iowa Hospice.