October 17, 1921-
July 23, 2014
Smiths Station, AL- Marvin "Desmond" Beck, Sr., 92 of Smiths Station, AL passed away peacefully, Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in the comfort of his home.
Mr. Beck was born October 17, 1921 in Fairfax, AL, son of James Marshall Beck and Lily Ratcliff Beck. He graduated from Cliff High School in Opelika, AL in 1939 and received his degree in 1949 from Auburn University in the School of Engineering. He served in the Navy in the United States and the South Pacific. After graduating from Auburn, he accepted a job in Huntsville, AL with the Von Braun Team with the Army Ballistic Missile Agency and later transferred to N.A.S.A. at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville where he worked on the Saturn 5 booster for the Apollo Moon landing and the Space Shuttle Program. He retired from N.A.S.A. in 1980. Mr. Beck earned his Eagle Scout at the early age of 16, he was a member of Lakewood Baptist Church in Phenix City and enjoyed traveling and fellowship. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister
He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Dorothy "Dot" Jenkins Beck of Smiths Station, AL, three sons, Marvin Desmond Beck, Jr. of Houston, TX, Phil Beck and wife Anne of Salt Lake City, UT and Don Beck of Denver, CO.
Two grandchildren, Desmond Beck and Corinne Beck, numerous nieces, nephews, special sister-in-laws, church family, and many caring friends.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 pm EDT Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at Lakewood Baptist Church with Dr. Jerry Horner officiating. A private interment with Military Honors will follow at Fort Mitchell National Cemetery and the family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral service at the church on Tuesday.
In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions to the Columbus Hospice or the Amen Choir at Lakewood Baptist Church.
Vance Memorial Chapel - Phenix City
3738 Hwy 431N
Phenix City, AL 36867
Published in Columbus Ledger-Enquirer on July 27, 2014