Roger Beck, 83, of Cologne, Minnesota, formerly of Niles

Published 10:06 am Monday, March 18, 2019

Roger Beck, 83, of Cologne, Minnesota, formerly of Niles, passed away on Thursday March 14, 2019 at his home. Gathering of family and friends will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday March 21, 2019 at the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia, Minnesota. An interment will be at New Holland Cemetery in New Holland, Illinois.

Roger Beck

Roger was born on April 28, 1935, in New Holland,  Illinois, the son of Arne and Mary Lila (Williams) Beck. Roger joined the Air Force in 1956. During his service time, he was stationed at the Air Force Academy as a jet mechanic.  After leaving the service, he worked for Continental Airlines in Denver. He moved to Niles, with his family in 1974.  Roger worked for National Standard for 17 years. Except for one year when he lived in Illinois, Roger remained in the Niles area until 2017, when he moved to Cologne, Minnesota to live with his daughter. Roger’s immediate and extended family were always his focus and foundation. He was a caring person who often looked after elderly neighbors and friends. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed fishing with his grandchildren. His hobbies of metal detecting and going to horse races underscored his sense of adventure, optimism and his lifelong pursuit of turning what he had into
so much more.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents, Arne and Mary Lila Beck; brothers, Max, Earl, George (William), Jim, John, and Larry Beck; sister, Leila Beck. Roger is survived by his loving family: children, Amy Beck, of Cologne, Travis (Kimberly) Beck, of Minneapolis, Andrea (Patrick) Loshaw, of Saginaw, Michigan and their mother, Jane Beck, of Niles; grandchildren, Madeleine, Amelia, Anderson, Ella and Ryan; brother, Richard Beck; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia, MN (952) 442-2121.