Everett Beck, a kind and gentle man, passed away on March 20, 2021. He was born in Illinois on May 7, 1925. Everett quietly lived his 95 years always keeping the good of the community in mind. He served in the US Army Air Force during WW II out of Foggia in Italy as a gunner on a B-17. He reenlisted in the Air Force during the Korean War and was discharged in 1952.
Everett married his wife Myra Brown on August 25, 1950. They traveled together as he served in the armed forces in the early years of their marriage. After leaving the armed forces they moved to Endicott, New York, where he began working for IBM. He transferred to IBM in Rochester and bought a house in Byron where they raised their 3 children.
When he moved his family to Byron, Minnesota in 1958, he served his community through the Byron United Methodist church, on the Town Council, and as a founder of the Flower and Garden Club. Everett and his wife, Myra, planted thousands of flowers over the 50 years they lived in Byron. He volunteered many hours at Oxbow Park, a place he loved. He also volunteered for the local Red Cross, served as a Boy Scout master, and was active in the Grange. He and his wife Myra were honored with the "Byron Good Neighbor Award" in 1999. In retirement, Everett and Myra traversed the United States and Canada. They also traveled to Ireland, the Caribbean Islands, the British Isles, Amazon Rainforest, Panama Canal, Holy Land, and Egypt.
Everett is preceded in death by his beloved wife Myra. He is survived by his children, Barbara (Steve) Zanter, Daniel (Lorraine) Beck, and Philip (Cindy) Beck; grandchildren Jennifer (Eric) Williamson, Sarah Beck, Casandra (John) Obarski, David Beck, Kelsey Beck, Marissa Beck, Jaci Beck; and great-grandchildren Noah & Piper Williamson; Tegan, Beckett, Nash, and Hayes Obarski; and Lania Peeples.
Visitation will be held 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Thursday, April 15, 2021 at Byron United Methodist Church, 507 1st Avenue NW, Byron, MN. Private family services will be held Friday, April 16, 2021 at Byron United Methodist Church. Interment will be in Byron Cemetery with full military honors. Memorials are preferred to Byron United Methodist Church.
Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Beck family; to leave a special memory or condolence please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com
Byron, MN 55920
Dan So sorry for the loss of your father . My thoughts and prayers are being to you and your family.
My sympathies to the Beck family. Everett (and Myra) were a joy to spend time with. I knew them at Methodist Church for over 30 years. They always lifted my spirits.
So very sorry to hear about your Dad. I always enjoyed visiting with him and your Mom. They did so much to beautify Byron and were so humble about it. It was an honor to know him. Blessed be his spirit.
Love and prayers,
Dear Beck Family,
I just heard the new of Everett's passing. A kind and gentle man are perfect words to describe your father. He was a blessing to all who met him, and certainly a blessing to the Charles Brown family. Great memories of times spent on the deck in your parents back yard. Great memories of lots of laughter and love. Good meals and good humor. Wonderful thoughts of time spent together with our families. Marvelous excitement felt when Chuck and I saw the butterflies literally hanging from the trees in their back yard. What a chuckle I get when i think of the Rhubarb wine they made. We had a wonderful time at their 50th wedding anniversary and wonderful joy when we think of the time spent together. I wish life allowed us time so see each other. I always loved my precious time with you and your family. With fondest love, Aunt Jo Anne. I will let brother Jim know as well. I'm sure he will be saddened also.
My deepest sympathy and prayers to the families.
Lynette (Cordes) Johnson
My sympathies to the Beck family at the loss of Everett. No matter the age, it is difficult to lose someone you love. God bless you during this time of adjustment. Thinking of Barb, Dan, and Phillip brings back warm memories of BHS. Sincerely, Mary Ann Ring
My condolences to the Beck family
Sorry for the loss of your father. Sending thoughts and prayers. Debbie & Charlie Rhoten