Martin Beck

Martin J. Beck

Thursday, November 8th, 1934 - Wednesday, March 10th, 2021
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Mr. Martin J. Beck, aged 86 years, of Jefferson City, Mo. passed away Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at Heisinger Bluffs surrounded by his loving family.

Martin was born on November 8, 1934 in Jefferson City, Mo. a son of Martin G.G. and Esther F.E. (Krueger) Beck. He was married on May 30, 1958 at Faith Lutheran Church in Jefferson City to Carol Lee Procter.

A lifelong resident of the central Missouri area, Martin was a 1952 graduate of Jefferson City High School and graduated from Jefferson City Junior College in 1954. He served in the United States Army Reserves from 1957 until he was honorably discharged in 1966.

Martin’s greatest gift in life was his abiding faith in our Lord. He was a charter member of Faith Lutheran Church where he served on the church board as president, vice president, secretary, and later as church elder. He sang in both the church mixed choir and male chorus. And though he had many gifts, the way in which the spirit most often used Martin was in his capacity as a teacher. Martin served his congregation by teaching Sunday school and confirmation classes, and for 35 years, he served as a bible study leader for the Colson Prison Fellowship program. He also served as a Scout Master for Faith Lutheran’s Boy Scout Troop 13.

Consistent with his passion for caring for others, Martin was employed for 35 years by the Family Support Division of the Missouri Department of Social Services. There, he worked to ensure that the children of Missouri were cared for and given the support and resources they needed to be successful in life. He worked various information technology jobs throughout his career, retiring in November of 1994 as a programming analysis supervisor.

Among the greatest joys in Martin’s life were his family. He was an amazing husband, father, and grandfather. After his retirement, Martin’s new “job” became loving, spending time with, and helping raise his grandchildren. Whether on a trip to Memorial Park or to the Grand Canyon, he enjoyed any time he got to spend with them.

Perhaps the way that Martin touched the lives of others most, especially the lives of his family, were his encouragement to love and serve the Lord, to care for others, and, most importantly, to “be kind like Papaw (and Emily [and sometimes Nicholas]).”

Survivor’s include: his loving wife of 62 years, Carol; two children, John G. Beck (wife Deana) of St. Louis, Mo. and Leigh Anne Schaper (husband Mike) of St. Louis, Mo.; one brother, Leon Beck (wife Arlene) of Holts Summit, Mo.; four grandchildren, Christopher Beck, Nicholas Beck, Courtney Payne and Emily Schaper.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Clifford Beck on June 4, 2013.

Visitation will be held at Faith Lutheran Church from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 13, 2021. The general public is welcome to attend the visitation and the family has requested anyone in attendance wear a protective mask.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 13, 2021 at Faith Lutheran Church with the Reverend Eric Gledhill and the Reverend Mark Nebel officiating. Graveside services and interment will be held at Enloe Cemetery in Russellville, Mo.

A webcast of his service will begin at 11:00 a.m. Saturday for friends that are not able to attend by going to the "photos and videos" tab of this page and scrolling down to the webcasting link. Please click the speaker button at bottom of page to enable audio.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Faith Lutheran Church, 2027 Industrial Drive, Jefferson City, Mo. 65109 to help with their youth programs.

Mr. Beck’s full obituary will be posted to his memorial page on the funeral home website on Thursday afternoon and published in Friday’s News Tribune.

Funeral arrangements are under the care of Freeman Mortuary.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, March 13th, 2021 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Saturday, March 13th, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am
    Faith Lutheran Church
    2027 Industrial Road
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  • Service

    Saturday, March 13th, 2021 | 11:00am
    Saturday, March 13th, 2021 11:00am
    Faith Lutheran Church
    2027 Industrial Road
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    A webcast of his service will begin at 11:00 a.m. Saturday for friends that are not able to attend by going to the "photos and videos" tab of this page and scrolling down to the webcasting link. Please click the speaker button at bottom of page to enable audio.
  • Interment

    Enloe Cemetery
    Route C
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Carole Allen

Posted at 07:54pm
I'm so sorry to hear of your loss of Martin. He was an outstanding person who touched many lives in so many positive ways. I will always remember him as the best piano student Dad I had in my teaching piano lessons. Our sons remember the "adventures" they went on with him when Leigh Anne was babysitting them. He was a big part of our lives for years and we are grateful to have known him. Art and I are praying for you and your family, Carol, that you will have strength and courage during this sad time in your lives and that you will be sustained by the joyous memories of Martin. Carole and Art Allen

Nancy Thomson

Posted at 11:24am
Carol...I'm so sorry for your loss.

Nancy Thompson

JoAnn Roush

Posted at 11:20am
Carol, so sorry to hear of Martin's passing. Miss seeing you two at Walmart. ,Sympathy to all the family.

Debbie Crede

Posted at 01:52am
Carol and kuds si sorry to heat of Martins pasding. I always enjoyed viditing with him. He was such a great mentor to me for 30 odd years. He always offered guidance to aid in my education and career choices. I learned so much from him. He will be missed by a lot of people. He was so respected for his knowledge and guidance. I can only imagine the conversatiins he and his best buddy Gary are having. Prayers to all of you.

Donald Erhardt

Posted at 09:55pm
Dear Carol and family.

For medical reasons, I am not able to attend Martin's service on Saturday. I will certainly be watching online and wanted to share these thoughts because Martin had a positive influence on my life in my early years.

He was one of my first memorable Sunday School teachers at Faith Lutheran. He had many unique ways of teaching. One that I remember was to ask a question and then teach how to use the various indices and concordances to find the answer in the Bible. I still use that technique today.

Martin, along with Harold Niermann, encouraged me to play the organ for church. I played my first full church service at age 13 due to that encouragement, and for almost 60 years thereafter

He was a super Scoutmaster. He would even come to our house to pick me up for scout meetings if I didn't have a way. Our campouts were full of teaching. He taught us how to dig a trench around our tent, how to build a fire, how to cook on an open fire, and so on. When he told me I had earned the opportunity to be a Patrol Leader in scouts, it was such a joy and I really wanted to make him proud of having chosen me. He continually taught leadership skills.

While I was still in Jefferson City, I would often go to Faith on a Sunday afternoon to practice the organ. Martin would often join me to listen, and would sometimes make requests and would sing with joy. I remember him saying "I love it when you play with that full organ sound." He loved "A Mighty Fortress."

One evening, he and several from his family were at the FOX Theatre for a show. They visited the lobby organ and found that I was the organist for the evening. They came back at intermission for some more listening.

Another memory is the letter of recommendation Martin wrote for me when I was seeking employment in Information Technology. It worked, and I retired after a 43 year IT career.

What a wonderful man and awesome teacher. I will miss him and will cherish the memories. Blessings to you and your extended family.

Don Erhardt
Chesterfield, MO

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