Daniel Franklin Beck, Sr., 90, of Huron, passed away unexpectedly early Monday morning, April 24, 2017, at his home.
Born on January 5, 1927, in Monroeville, OH the son of Lloyd Cornelius and Emma Amelia (Bouy) Beck. The family moved to the Sandusky area, where Dan spent his high school years in the Sandusky Local Schools. At the end of his sophomore year, Daniel chose to take additional courses over the summer so that he entered school in the fall, of 1943, as a senior, instead of a junior. He graduated in June 1944. By completing his high school education in 3 years he was able to enlist in the U.S. Navy in November 1944. He reported to the U.S. Naval Training Station, in Sampson, NY, in December 1944. Following Basic Training, he enrolled in Basic Engineering School and later Diesel School, both in Gulfport, MS. Daniel was assigned to the USS Wheatear AM390, a mine sweeper which patrolled the North Atlantic Ocean, as Fireman 1st Class working in the Engine Room. He was honorably discharged July 1946, as Motor Machinist Mate 3rd Class. On May 12, 1948, he married Theresa Cimicata, whom he was married to for 51 years, before her unfortunate passing in 2000.
Dan was employed by New Departure-Hyatt (Division of General Motors) for 9 years and then went on to work for the Sandusky Ford Motor Company for 30 years, retiring in 1986. While employed by Ford, Daniel completed his Associate Degree in Engineering at B.G.S.U. Firelands Campus. He was exceptionally proud of that accomplishment as he always stressed the importance of education to his children.
Throughout his life he enjoyed traveling with his family, taking them many places in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean. His love of travel led to him being nicknamed, "Gypsy Dan" by his wife, as he would be willing to pack a suitcase as soon as someone suggested a trip.
He was a member of Holy Angels Catholic Church, the Holy Name Society, the Knights of Columbus Third Degree Sandusky Council # 546 and the Fourth Degree Bishop Machebeuf General Assembly # 813, the American Legion Post # 83, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post # 2529, the Catholic War Veterans and the Naval Minewarfare Association.
Dan is survived by three daughters, Pat (Frank) Perl of Helena, MT, Judi (Jeff) Horchler of Milan and Janice Beck of Huron with whom he resided with; and a son, Daniel (Gayla) Beck, Jr. of Santa Maria, CA; three grandchildren, Todd (Lisa) Horchler of Berlin Heights, Jesica (Matt Wiles) Perl and Andrew Perl of Helena, MT; three great-grandchildren, Pvt. 1st Class Jacob Horchler of Camp LeJeune, NC, Emma Horchler of Berlin Heights and Colton Wiles of Helena, MT; a sister, Eileen Norman of Sandusky; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends, especially Steve (Joyce) Brunow and Martin (Martha) Beverick.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Theresa F. (Cimicata) Beck on February 3, 2000; a son in infancy, Charles Beck (1951); and his step-mother, Wilma (Lessenthien) Beck.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 27, 2017, from 4-7 pm at the David F. Koch Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 520 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky. the Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree will hold the presentation of "The Chalice" at 7 pm that evening. Prayers will be recited Friday morning, April 28, 2017, at 9:30 am at the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 am at Holy Angels Catholic Church, 428 Tiffin Avenue, Sandusky. Fr. Joe Steinbauer officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Sandusky. Military honors will be conducted by the American Legion Post # 83 Color Guard.
The family suggests that memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the "Measure Up" Program or to the Guardian Angel Statue Restoration Fund, c/o of the Knights of Columbus, P.O. Box 856, Sandusky, OH 44871, or to One's Favorite Charity.
Your memories and words of comfort may be shared with Dan's family at davidfkoch.com.