The Commercial-News, Danville, IL


February 8, 2014

Robert Allen Beck

Robert (”Rob” or “Bob”) Allen Beck, 68, of Georgetown, passed away at 8:14 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, at Gowin Parc in Paris, Ill.

Bob was born Dec. 3, 1945, in Decatur, the only child to Junior and Bertha Webb Beck from Sullivan. Bob was called Rob or Robbie to all of his family and many friends.

He married Karen Martin on July 16, 1966, in Mattoon. She survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Toni (Scott) Griesheimer of San Angelo, Texas; two sons, Michael (Laurel) Beck of Danville and Brad (Amy) Beck of Ridge Farm; four grandchildren, Koty and Kaylee Griesheimer of San Angelo, Texas, Daizey Beck of Ridge Farm, and Justin (Jessica) Cooper of Danville; an uncle, Robert Patient of Sullivan; mother-in-law, Dorothy Martin of Georgetown; and many cousins.

Bob was preceded in death by his father in 1982 and his mother in 2002, both sets of grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins.

Bob was a mechanic all of his life and would work on anything from motorcycles to semi trailers. He retired from McLane Midwest in 2007.

Bob loved spending time with his kids and grandkids and was always ready to go see the grandkids wherever they lived. He was a Jeff Gordon NASCAR fan and went to Bristol, Mich., and Indianapolis to see live races. He could be found sitting in front of the TV watching the race every week. He was proud of his home and yard and worked to keep it in tip top shape.

He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Georgetown and formerly a member of First Baptist Church in Sullivan.

A memorial visitation will be 5-7:30 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. memorial service Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Bethel Baptist Church in Georgetown. A graveside service will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at Maple Grove Cemetery in Milford. Pastor Gerald McPhillips will officiate services.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Bob’s name to AFTD Association, Radnor Station Bldg 2 Suite 320, 290 King of Prussia Rd, Radnor, PA 19087; Gowin Parc of Paris, 705 Kenton St., Paris, IL 61944; Bethel Baptist Church, 501 S. Main St., Georgetown, IL 61846; and First Baptist Church, 215 E. Harrison St., Sullivan, IL 61951.

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Milford. Please sign the online guestbook at

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