A celebration of his life will be held on April 1 at 2:00 pm, at Hudson Funeral Home.
It is with great sadness that the family of Dick Beck announces his passing on March 28 from complications of Mantle Cell Lymphoma.
A native of Monongahela, Pennsylvania, Dick was born on July 17, 1944, to Tony and Millie Beck. His professional career spanned 35 years with the National Imagery and Mapping Agency, now known as the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, during which he helped map post-revolutionary Ethiopia, worked on the lunar landings, and earned the Meritorious Civilian Service Award. He enjoyed his later years in Swansboro, NC, Melbourne, FL, and Raleigh, NC. He was a lover of fast cars and Maryland crabs. He was an accomplished wood carver and loved building with his grandsons.
Dick is survived by his wife of 46 years, Marilyn Beall Beck; his son, Joel Ankney (Jennifer); his daughter, Claudia Cooper (Murray); his grandsons, Joshua (Caitlin), Joseph, Jacob, and Jesse Ankney, and William and Henry Cooper; and his sister, Janet McCutcheon (Jeff). He was preceded in death by his parents.
A celebration of his life will be held on April 1 at 2:00 pm, at Hudson Funeral Home. A private committal will be held at a later date.
The family would like to thank Dr. Michael Spiritos and the nurses and staff at Duke Raleigh Hospital.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
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