Raymond Beck, age 87, of Frazee, MN, passed peacefully at his residence at the Frazee Care Center Assisted Living on Wednesday, July 13, 2016.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m., Monday, July 18, 2016, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Frazee. Visitation will be held from 4-6 p.m., Sunday, July 17, 2016, at Furey Funeral Home in Frazee, MN with visitation continuing one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Burial will be made at Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery in Frazee.
Ray was born September 28, 1928, at home in Spruce Grove Township, Becker County, MN, to Bill and Bella (Pederson) Beck. He grew up in Spruce Grove Township where he attended country school.
Ray was united in marriage to Lorna Radel at Evergreen in 1946. The couple raised 3 children: Gary, Rodney and Sandra in Frazee.
Ray was one of the first in the area to own a chainsaw. He worked various jobs in construction, running dragline and shovel for Hallett Construction. He worked in Omaha, NE with his brother, Willard to learn the drywall trade. He also worked in Spokane, WA for Modern Drywall. In 1955, Ray started Beck Drywall with brother, Donald.
Ray enjoyed fishing; especially with Lorna, hunting, sightseeing, and blueberry picking. Ray and Lorna were avid square dancers traveling to many conventions and even attended an international square dancing convention in Canada.
Ray is survived by 3 children: Gary (Gail) of Waconia, MN, Sandra (Jim) Carstens of Frazee, and Rodney (Bryn) of Chaska, MN; 7 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; 3 siblings: Eleanor Snyder, Jim (Barb) Beck, Carolyn (Ray) Tigue; sisters-in-law: Gloria and Corrienne; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding Ray in death were his parents, Bill and Bella; his wife, Lorna; and 5 siblings: Marion, Helen, Willard, Donald and Roy.