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Rev. Andrew Leo Beck, 93, of Elsberry, passed away on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012.
He was born on Dec. 25, 1918 in Foss, Okla. He was the son of Andrew Lee Beck and Nellie Ida Wheat. Leo attended and graduated from Burns Flat High School in Burns Flat, Okla. During his senior year, he drove a school bus. On Sept. 9, 1939, Leo married Maud Ellie Murphy in the Baptist parsonage in Dill City, Okl. To this union, three children were born: Delores Diane, Donald Lee and James Noel.
Leo was saved in 1943 in Riverview, Okla. In 1947, Leo and family left the farm and entered into the ministry. He became a licensed pastor in the Bible Holiness Church and preached for approximately 50 years in the states of Missouri, Kansas and Illinois. The first place Leo pastored was Peace Valley, Mo. He then moved to Vandalia, Mo. and pastored part time at Bowling Green. He then moved his family to New Florence, Foley, Kansas City, Kan., South Pekin, Ill., Middletown, Mo. and the last church he pastored was Cherryvale, Kan.
Rev. Beck was also a carpenter during those years, remodeling several churches and parsonages as was needed. He loved doing work for God. He was an avid gardener.
After he retired, he and his wife, Ellie, moved to Elsberry where he lived for the past five years. Leo and Ellie had been married for over 72 years.
Leo is survived by his children, Diane Goins and husband Elbert of Thayer, Kan.; Don Beck and wife, Suzy of Foley, and James Beck and wife, Sue, of Troy. Also surviving are nine grandchildren, nineteen great grandchildren and one great, great grandson; one brother, Jesse Beck and wife, Gussie, of Roswell, Ga.; two sisters-in-law, Essie Hendrix of Cordell, Okla., and Jean Murphy Smith of Havana, Kan.; one brother-in-law, Junior Murphy of Cordell, Okla., and many nieces and nephews
Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 from the McCoy-Blossom Funeral and Cremation Center, 1304 Boone St. Troy.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 at the McCoy-Blossom Funeral and Cremation Center, Troy. Rev. George Prior, Rev. Gary Jackson and Rev, Jeffrey Gordon will officiate. Interment will follow in Troy City Cemetery, Troy.
Memorials may be made to Gideons International, c/o the funeral home.
Donald Kell Bryant, 93, of Troy, passed away quietly on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at 10:30 p.m. at the Troy Manor in Troy.
The son of David Kell and Lillian (Wall) Bryant, he was born Oct. 31, 1918, in Ray County, Mo. He was united in marriage to Dorothy Mae Vanskike on July 13, 1941, in Macon and she preceded him in death on March 25, 2008.
He is survived by two daughters: Donna Simpson and husband, Jerry, of Troy, and Bonnie Palmer and husband, Rich, of Old Monroe; one son: Larry Bryant of Columbia; six grandchildren: Scott Simpson and wife, Kris, Lance Simpson and wife, Amber, Kelly Bone and husband, Kevin, Greg Palmer and wife, Michelle, Paula Palmer Berneking and husband, David, and Lynn Palmer Rogliardi and husband, Paul; fifteen great-grandchildren: Tyler and Morgan Simpson, Zach and Samantha Simpson, Drew Millar, Nolan and Reagan Bone, Brett , Alison and Avery Rogliardi, Brett, Palmer and Kell Berneking, and Laniey and Boden Palmer; and two sisters: Betty Ann Daniel and Jean Bengston of Richmond.
During WWII, Don served in the Navy from February, 1944 to December, 1945, serving in the South Pacific on the destroyer USS Case. During this time he was the ship’s storekeeper. After the war, he became manager of Mattingly Brothers Store in Troy, from 1946 to his retirement in 1980. Don was a member of the United Methodist Church all of his life. In 1948 he was baptized at St. Stephen United Methodist Church. He was a charter member of Troy Kiwanis Club, which he joined in 1949. He served on the Troy School Board from 1957 to 1969, and as its president for 3 years. He was an active member of the Troy Chamber of Commerce. After retiring from Mattingly Bros., he worked as a hunting guide at Black Hawk Hunting Preserve in Old Monroe… and he became a pretty fair golfer.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 at the Ingersoll Chapel for Funeral and Cremation Services, 211 Boone Street, Troy. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m., Monday until the time of the service. Interment will be in the Troy City Cemetery, Troy.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Stephen United Methodist Church. Please join in honoring the memory of Mr. Bryant at www.ingersollchapel.com. Through this site you may light a candle and share your fond memories with the family.