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Roman Albert Beck


1919 - 2014 Obituary Condolences Gallery
ROMAN ALBERT (AL) BECK Al was born in Floyd Township, O'Brien County, Iowa, on June 8, 1919. He was one of nine brothers and sisters born to Albert and Helen Beck. He attended UCLA where he obtained his bachelor's degree. During WWII, after attending the Coast Guard Academy, he received his commission and eventually rose to the rank of Lieutenant, Junior Grade. He subsequently participated in the Western New Guinea and Philippine operations. His medals included: the American Theater Ribbon, the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon, the Philippines Liberation Ribbon and the WWII Victory Medal. Upon leaving the service, he earned his CPA and worked for Arthur Anderson and later Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co., from which he recruited to Bourns, Inc., Riverside, where remained from 1953 to 1990. During his time at Bourns, he served in the capacities of Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer, Member of the Board of Directors of the parent company and subsidiaries. He was an important member of the management team that enabled Bourns to grow through internally developed technologies and acquisitions to one of the electronics industries leading diversified companies. His expertise in analyzing and formulating finance, legal and tax planning met the challenges of the company, traveling frequently nationally and internationally on the company's behalf He also served on the Board of Directors of Denny's Restaurants. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Marcille, as well as his son Bruce, daughter Mary, both of Riverside, and son Roger of Dana Point and a grandson John of San Clemente. He is also survived by sisters Rita and Helene, and several nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by five brothers and one sister. Roman was a member of St. Catherine of Alexandria parish, Riverside since 1954. Rosary will be said Monday, Nov. 17 at 6:00 pm at the Acheson & Graham Garden of Prayer Mortuary Chapel. Funeral Mass at St. Catherine church Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 10:00 am and burial at the Riverside National Cemetery Nov. 20 at 10:15 am, staging area 2.
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Published in Press-Enterprise from Nov. 15 to Nov. 17, 2014
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