Morris Eugene” Morey” Beck, age 89, Kokomo, died at 7:00 am Saturday September 17, 2011 at his home with his wife and family by his side. He was born November 1, 1921 in Lebanon, Indiana, the son of Lawrence and Ava (Herod) Beck. On July 7, 1940 in Indianapolis, he married his high school sweetheart, Bette Jean (Harmon) Beck on her 18th birthday. They recently celebrated 71 years of marriage.
Morey was a 1939 graduate of Lebanon High School. He was a WW II veteran serving on a Navy destroyer from 1941 through 1944 obtaining the rank of Fireman 1st Class. He was employed at Chrysler as a cutter grind supervisor, retiring in 1979 after 30 years of service. Previously he worked at Guernsey Milk and Ice Cream in Lebanon from 1939-1940, Accromatic Tool Co. from 1940-1941, and International Harvester from 1944-1947.
Morey was a member of the Eagles Lodge 255, American Legion Post 6, past member of the Elks Lodge, co-founder and past president of Bona Vista. Morey and Bette, along with seven other families helped organize Bona Vista in 1955 thru 1956. He enjoyed bowling, golf, and collecting clown statues. His greatest pleasures were gathering with his family, and the large family reunions in Lebanon City Park. His family all cherished the twinkle in his eye when he held his newest grandchild for the first time.
In addition to his wife Bette Jean, Morey is survived by; five sons, Lawrence Richard Beck and wife Dotty, Thomas James Beck and wife Debra, Morris Robert Beck and Judy Cone, William Alfred Beck and Jill Worsencroft, and Charles Ellsworth Beck and wife Priscilla of Burlington, Indiana, thirteen grandchildren, Debbie Baker, Jim Beck, Christy Zimmerman, Tracy DeHoff, Jennifer Collins, Ryan Beck, Anni Beck, Leslie Beck, Brandon Beck, Misty Jordan, Brady Beck, Tim Beck, and Tammi Beck, 25 great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by; parents Lawrence and Ava Beck, brothers, Earl Richard Beck, and Robert Beck, sisters, Hattie Elizabeth Sutphin, and Dorothy Mae Lasley.
Funeral services will begin at 2:00 pm, Wednesday September 21, 2011 at Shirley and Stout Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lincoln Road Chapel, 1315 W. Lincoln Road, Kokomo, with family friend, Bill Duncan, officiating. Entombment will follow at Sunset Memory Garden Mausoleum with military honors provided by the U.S. Navy, and the Kokomo VFW Military Rites Team. Friends may call on the family from 11:00 am until service time on Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Bona Vista, with envelopes available at the funeral home.