ARCHBOLD -- Robert J. "Bob" Beck, 85, of Archbold, passed away Saturday morning, March 23, 2013, at Fairlawn Haven Nursing Home in Archbold.
He was born August 29, 1927, near Wauseon, the son of John "Jim" and Alma (Nofziger) Beck, and married Laura Jane Williams on April 7, 1951. A resident of the Wauseon area most of his lifetime, he farmed, was a 4-H advisor for the Dover Royal Farmers, and served on the Fulton County 4-H advisory Council. He served as a board member for Toledo Gospel Mission, participated in the Maumee Youth Camp, the Migrant Camp Ministries, and was a charter member of North Clinton Mennonite Church in Wauseon.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Laura Jane Beck; six children, John (Mary) Beck, Archbold, Diann (Charles) Rowe, Archbold, Regina (Randy) Schweitzer, Harrisonburg, Va., Edward (Tory) Beck, Loveland, Colo., David (Cathy) Beck, Wauseon, and Daniel (Debra) Beck, Archbold; 14 grandchildren, Kelli (Kobi) Tuckerman, Archbold, Joshua (Jana) Youtzy, Perrysburg, Jonah (Whitney) Beck, Buford, Ga., Justin (Veronica) Schweitzer, Broadway, Va., Abby Rowe, Sylvania, Alyssa (Kaleab) Abebe, Pittsburg, Pa., Summer Dorsey, West Des Moines, Iowa; Jacob Beck, Kansas City, Mo., Meagan (Corey) Ferger, Grayslake, Ill., Carlita Schweitzer, Harrisonburg, Va., Whitney (Adam) Short, Wauseon, Ashley (Derek) Rosenberger, St. Paul, Minn., Jordan (Shari) Beck, Wauseon, Logan Beck, Archbold; 11 great-grandchildren; four siblings, James (Charlene) Beck, Archbold, Lois Rufenacht, Archbold, William Beck, Montpelier, Carolyn Bateman, Wauseon; and brother-in-law, Milton Stauffer, Alma, Kan.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Pauline Stauffer; brothers-in-law, Marlin Rufenacht and Leo Bateman; and one great-grandchild.
Memorial services will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. at the North Clinton Mennonite Church, Wauseon, with Pastors Brad Faler and Glenn Coblentz officiating. Interment will precede in the Pettisville Cemetery. Friends may call at Fairlawn Chapel from 2-8 p.m. on Wednesday. Short Funeral Home in Archbold has been entrusted with the arrangements.
The family suggests that memorials be given to Gideons International or North Clinton Mennonite Church. www.ShortFuneralHome.com.