In Memory of

Walter Henry Beck

April 1, 1935 - October 24, 2020
From: Spencer, IA
Walter Henry Beck

Walter Henry Beck

Born: April 1, 1935
Died: October 24, 2020
Age: 85

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Walt was born in Spirit Lake, IA on April 1, 1935 to Walter H. Beck Sr. and Arvada Beck. He graduated from Milford High School in 1953.  In 1954, Walt enlisted in the Army, serving his country in Anchorage, Alaska until his discharge in 1956.  He returned to marry Marilyn Leitch in Milford, IA on Oct 5, 1957. After moving to Spencer to start a family, Walt began his career as a mechanic for Asher Motors.  In 1976, Walt teamed up with fellow Asher Motors mechanic Don Kadous and opened their own station, Southside DX.  After 13 successful years, they sold the station.  Walt then joined Witco as a Maintenance Manager until his retirement in 1999. He passed away Saturday, October 24, 2020


Walt was a hardworking, humble, Mr. Fix-it dedicated to helping people at every turn. Whether it was keeping their cars, trucks, and factories running more effectively and efficiently or lending a hand around the neighborhood. Walt was always there for people with a quiet confidence, a dependable solution and kindhearted sense of humor.  Born on April Fool’s Day, Walt enjoyed a lighthearted laugh and a good-natured tease.  Whether dabbling in hobbies like flying remote controlled airplanes, camping with the family or building useful, ingenious contraptions from old parts that most would throw away.  Walt was a wiz at creating something to make any task easier.  He enjoyed being a go-to guy to help friends, neighbors and family with their chores and tasks.  Walt enjoyed traveling with Marilyn as well as close friends and family on short-trips. . . more for the camaraderie and company than the destination.


Walt was preceded in death by parents Walter H. Beck Sr. & Arvada Beck, his in-laws; Wilbur & Augusta Leitch and by his daughter-in-law: Sara Clarity Beck. .


He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Marilyn Leitch Beck, son, Scott (Mary) of Lac Du Flambeau, WI and daughter, JoLynn (Tim) Vos of Spencer, IA.  Three, grandchildren, Jessie (Jake) Seaman, Jack Beck & Joseph Beck and 3 great grandchildren. Sisters, Bonilyn (Bob) Christensen of Marshalltown, IA and Doris (Chester) Miller of Milford, IA. Brother-in-law Duane (Harriet) Leitch of Des Moines, IA and sister-in-law Linda (Steve) Muller of Madison, WI.  Plus three nieces and three nephews and their families.

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Memorial Services will be held 1:00 p.m., Friday, November 20, at the Warner Chapel, Spencer, Iowa.

Due to the on-going Covid 19 pandemic, the service will also be livestreamed to safely enable those who would like to attend the service virtually.  Masks are encouraged.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Sacred Heart Catholic Church or People for Pets.
Father William Schreiber
Milford Cemetery
Milford, Iowa


Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 10:29 AM
“Marilyn, So very sad to hear of Walt’s passing. I have so many wonderful childhood memories of our families spending time together. You, Walt and your family have always been cherished friends to our family. May God bring you peace and comfort!”
- Kim (Jacob) Woods
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 10:27 AM
“Marilyn, we're so sorry to hear of Walt's passing, even though we didn't know Walt all that well, we knew you through working with you at Northwest Bank and seeing you at 5:30 church once in awhile. We opened up Hometown Realty behind Walt's old gas station in south Spencer. I'm sure you made a lot of unforgettable & precious memories with Walt. ”
- Greg Haack
Friday, November 6, 2020 at 9:00 AM
“Sending heartfelt thoughts, prayers and love your way during this difficult time. ”
- Steve & Jennifer Economos
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 7:48 AM
“JoLynn, I am so sorry to hear about your dad..My thoughts and Prayers are with you and your loved ones.”
- Phyllis Petersen
Monday, November 2, 2020 at 4:12 PM
“Marilyn-I am so sorry to hear of your husband's passing, My prayers are with you and your family. Joan Kallsen”
- Joan Kallsen
Friday, October 30, 2020 at 12:39 PM
“Scott, JoLynn and Marilyn,
So very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.”
- Julie (Culshaw) Ingvall
Friday, October 30, 2020 at 12:39 PM
“Marilyn, Scott and JoLynn -
So sorry to hear about Walt 's passing. May God give you all comfort and strength at this difficult time! My deepest sympathy and extended prayers! ”
- Beth (Ramler) Bruns
Friday, October 30, 2020 at 11:49 AM
“Marilyn, my thoughts and prayers to you and your family on the passing of Walt.”
- Jackie Paulsen
Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 7:59 PM
“My brother will be missed as his sudden death is difficult to believe.
My brother-in-law shall be remembered as a close and dear friend.
Our prayer and deepest thoughts to the family and may Sonny RIP”
- Robert & Bonilyn Christensen
Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 7:58 PM
“Marilyn, so sorry to hear about Walt. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.”
- Kirby Froehlich
Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 11:57 AM
“Marilyn and family. So very sorry to hear about your loss. Prayers and hugs going your way. Bill and Bonnie Welle”
- Bill and Bonnie Welle
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