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John Beck

December 16, 1923 — July 6, 2015

John R. Beck, 89, of Lacon died on July 6, 2015 at St. Joseph's Nursing Home in Lacon. Born in Sparland on December 16, 1925 to the late John and Ila Hodge Beck, he graduated from Sparland High School in 1944.

Soon after graduation, John enlisted in the Army and proudly served as a Sergeant in the European Theater during WWII where he was awarded the Bronze Star. Upon completion of his military duty he went to work for A&P foods as a meat buyer for 25 years and then worked for Hershey Foods. He then started his own meat processing business in Chicago. John's company, Old Fashion Meat, made only corned beef. His product was shipped nationwide and was a menu item in the Disney Parks. In 2001 John retired and moved home to Lacon.

He was a member of the Lacon American Legion and the Lacon Congregational United Church of Christ.

He is survived by: his brother Fred of Streator; nephews Fred, Steve, David, Ben, Andrew, and Phillip Beck; nieces Betsy Beck, Molly Knapczek, and Anne Bryan.

John was preceded in death by his brother, Lawrence and sister in law, Grace Beck of Lacon and sister in law, Jeanne Beck of Streator.

Services will be held on Friday, July 10 at 11 am at the Lacon Congregational United Church of Christ with Reverend Ross Wyman officiating. Visitation time will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Lacon Cemetery.

Memorials can be made to his church or St. Joseph's Nursing Home. Online condolences can be left at


JUL 10. 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (CDT)

Lacon Congregational United Church of Christ
Lacon, IL

Funeral Service

JUL 10. 11:00 AM (CDT)

Lacon Congregational United Church of Christ
Lacon, IL

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