Official Obituary of

Reuben Beck

May 8, 1929 ~ May 21, 2009 (age 80) 80 Years Old

Reuben Beck Obituary

(Roscoe, SD) The funeral service for Reuben J. Beck, 80, of Roscoe, is 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 23, 2009 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Roscoe. Burial will follow at Morningside Cemetery.

Visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church in Roscoe on Saturday.

Reuben was born May 8, 1929 to Fred and Katie (Schick) Beck on a farm near Hosmer, SD. The family later moved to a farm near Java, SD where Reuben attended country school. While in his grade school years the family purchased a farm near Roscoe. Reuben continued his education at rural schools and eventually attended Roscoe High School.

He married his high school sweetheart, Bernice Roesch, on June 21, 1950. They made their home in Roscoe where Reuben worked for his dad in the Phillips 66 Station. He later purchased the station and ran it until buying a farm near Loyalton where he farmed and raised cattle until his health failed.

Reuben enjoyed family gatherings, camping with family and friends, Hub City Sams gatherings, hunting, fishing, traveling and fifteen years of wintering in Arizona. His keen sense of humor and funny one-liners will be remembered by many.

Reuben was a long time member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church where he served on the church council. He had also served on the Roscoe City Council, Volunteer Fire Department and was a promoter of Roscoe Senior Housing where he currently served as the President of the Board.

Reuben died Thursday, May 21, 2009 at ManorCare Healthcare in Aberdeen.

He will be greatly missed by his wife, Bernice; sons, Gregory (Rita) of Aberdeen, Richard (Deb) of Aberdeen and David of Brookings; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ramona (Roman) Guthmiller of Aberdeen and Loraine (Gordan) Diedtrich of Arizona and one brother, Gerold (Pat) Beck of Sioux Falls.

His parents, brother, Harry, and great-grandson Reuben preceded him in death.

His sons and grandsons will serve as his casket bearers.

Funeral arrangements with Gramm Funeral Home of Ipswich with an online guest register at

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