Bill Beck, 87, of Cleveland, TN, passed away January 16, 2023. Bill was a beloved son, brother, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was born in Springfield, Nebraska to Orville and Cecilia Beck, July 2, 1935. He worked as a hired hand, truck driver, high school teacher, school bus driver, college professor, high school administrator, Driver’s Ed Instructor, and an Education Specialist for the United States Navy. Bill graduated from Springfield High School in 1952. He was the first to earn a college degree in his family when he graduated from Peru State College in 1957. Bill also earned a master’s degree from Kearney State College and a Ph.D. from Colorado State University in 1978.
Bill had a strong work ethic and always had a side hustle. He liked motorcycles so there was Beck’s Cycles in Elkhorn, Nebraska where he owned and operated a motorcycle dealership and repair shop. He liked to work with his hands and build things, so there was Beck’s Enterprises in Omaha where he purchased and managed several rental properties. Additionally, he crafted numerous beautiful furniture pieces over the years still cherished and on display by his loved ones. He loved to ride horses and mules, so there was the Beck Mule Farm in Cleveland, Tennessee. He really found joy in being there at the birth of one of his mules to have the opportunity to “imprint” on the new colt.
Bill Beck enjoyed horse and mule riding, motorcycles, hunting, fishing, beekeeping, raising chickens and mules, gardening and later in life, reading westerns and mystery novels. He spoke often of a cherished childhood memory of riding his grandfather’s beautiful horse “Pet” around the Beck homestead near Atkinson, Nebraska. He spoke fondly about being an “aspiring cowboy,” working his way through college on a farm with his dear friend Bud Knight.
Bill was drafted and served in the Nebraska Air National Guard. He spoke often of his time in basic training. He served as a deputy sheriff in Douglas County for several years. He cared deeply about being an American and the importance of being informed and voting. He ran for public office and served as an election official for many years. His wife, Sharon, was a Nebraska State Senator and was active in politics for several decades with Bill by her side. Most importantly, Bill was a believer in Jesus Christ and was a member of Shenandoah Baptist Church in Cleveland.
Bill is preceded in passing into Christ’s presence by Sharon, his wife of 57 years, and his brothers Orville and Jerry Beck. He is survived by children Clayton (Angela) Beck, Curt (Sanine) Beck, Clint (Kim) Beck, Christine (Darrin) Hassevoort, grandchildren Austin (Nicole), Audrey, Ethan, Jeremiah, Andrew (Camber), Matthew, Amanda (Brown), Sophia and Ian; great-grandchildren Indiana, Morgan, Emery and Lily.
The funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2023, at 1pm at Companion Funeral Home in Cleveland. Visitation will be from 11am-1pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Solia Farm (Healing and Hope through Horses) in Apison, TN at www.solia.farm.
Saturday, January 21, 2023
11:00am - 1:00pm (Central time)
Saturday, January 21, 2023
Starts at 1:00pm (Central time)