John Oliver Beck
December 21, 1934 - February 11, 2021
John Oliver Beck, 86, of Lebanon, passed away Thursday, February 11, 2021.
John was born in Pendleton on December 21, 1934 to John Otis and Juanita (Manwell) Beck, along with his sister, JoAnne Powell, and brothers; James, Jerome, Jack, and Jay Beck.
John attended grade school in Vanport. Later the family moved to Milwaukie, where John graduated from Milwaukie High School. He played football, among other sports.
In 1952, John joined the Navy, where he served aboard the USS Kidd DD661 in the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1955.
After proudly serving in the Navy, John married Elsie (Lawrence) Beck in 1959. They had three daughters together before divorcing in 1975.
In 1975 John moved to Corvallis, where he worked at Oregon State University as a painter. He married Patricia Jean Moxley in March of 1978, and welcomed five-step children. He moved to Lebanon in 1978, where he was active in the Lebanon Elks.
After retiring in 1997, John and Patricia enjoyed traveling the U.S. and internationally. John loved sports, especially the Beavers, camping, and beach combing. John was a man of great integrity and strong faith. He loved being a father and grandfather, and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
John was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers; James, Jerome, Jay, and his wife Patricia.
He is survived by his children; Lisa Kildoo (Doug), Dana Shibley (Jim), and Jeri Beck (Wes). His step-children; Michael Goss (Lorna), Melanie Buresse (Ben), Michelle Rieskamp (Greg), Matthew Goss, and Melinda Strauss (Dave); and 19 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held for John at the Lebanon Christ Community Lutheran Church, at 11:00 AM on Saturday, February 27, 2021. Burial will follow at the Lebanon IOOF Cemetery. Huston-Jost Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.