William George Beck
Sunday, November 30, 1930
Date of Death:
Thursday, September 10, 2020
89 years old
William George Beck
A devoted husband, father, grandfather, and servant of the Lord, William G. Beck, 89, has peacefully rested his head and heart. Bill was born in Shavertown, PA, to Harry C. Beck and Caroline Jones Beck. He graduated from Kingston High School and, in 1951, from The Pennsylvania State College with a BS in Chemical Engineering. He was employed by Air Products and Chemicals, Allentown, PA, American Color and Chemical, Lock Haven, PA, and the Williamsport Area School District from which he retired as Director of Maintenance and Plant Operations in October 2001.
Bill met the love of his life, Nathalie, while both were abroad in Italy. They returned to the States, were married, and spent the next 59 years in generous, uplifting partnership. Bill and Nathalie raised their family of three children in Pennsylvania and later relocated to Rochester, MN. Together, they rejoiced in hosting family, friends, and church gatherings in the home they built. Acting as the general contractor, Bill managed the construction. He personally completed the electrical, plumbing, sheet rocking, and finishing work but gave credit to Nathalie for “making the house a home.”
Bill was always a hard worker who found joy in caring for his family and humbly serving others. He was a man who spoke volumes more by what he did, rather than what he said. Even in his later years, he could be found shoveling a neighbor’s driveway, or helping a stranded stranger. He was a member of Saint John’s United Methodist Church in Williamsport, PA, and Evangel United Methodist Church in Rochester where he served in many capacities. Bill participated in Sunday School, hosted small groups, worked as the Head of Trustees, directed a major building addition, and showed God’s love through mission trips.
A man of many talents and interests, Bill shared his beautiful tenor voice in choirs and played trombone in ensembles. He was an outdoorsman, who enjoyed hunting the Pine Creek area of Pennsylvania. Bill was an avid Penn State fan and loved following the PGA tour. He and Nathalie delighted in traveling the world and crafting stained glass together.
Bill was always a gentleman and deeply loved by many. His tongue-in-cheek humor with a half-smile and twinkle in his eye will be dearly missed. He is survived by his wife, Nathalie Betz Beck, daughter Sheryl (David) Simon, sons Charles and William (Michele) Beck, beloved grandchildren Alissa (John) Zimmerman, Matthew (Katie) Simon, Lindsey (Chandler) Winkels, Andrew (Amy) Bubb, and Ian Bubb, six great-grandchildren, and brother Gordon Beck. He is preceded in death by his parents and three brothers Harry, Robert, and Russell. Bill has instilled in all his family members the deepest concept of marriage, love, and family.
Due to the pandemic, the family is planning a private Celebration of Life. Heartfelt appreciation is extended to Cottagewood Senior Communities and Heartland Hospice. In recognition of Bill’s steadfast devotion to and care for his wife, the family wishes memorial contributions be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.
The family of William George Beck has received the following condolences.
Dear Nathalie -
Upon reading of your husband's passing in the Williamsport Sun Gazette earlier this month, Janet Hurlburt, Sandy Wenzel and I (former colleagues of yours at Lycoming College reminisced about you at our exercise class. You have our deepest sympathies. As an active parent of two in the Williamsport Area School District (1984-1995), I had the opportunity to work with Bill on various facilities and sports venues. It is my sincere hope that you and your family receive condolences from other Williamsporters. May he rest in peace.
To Bill's Family:
I had the privilege of directing the serving with Bill in the Chancel Choir at Saint John's--Newberry United Methodist Church. As the Director, I eagerly benefitted from Bill's lovely tenor voice. He also graciously played his trombone in when we utilized brass ensembles. As the "C.O.W." (Clerk of the Works) for our church's building addition project, he agreed to my design of my new office--and ensured the=at it was constructed accordingly. [The church gave a donation to the the Heifer Project ministry in for a cow his honor.] I SO enjoyed working with Bill and being the recipient of his musical talents. We were all sad to see him move away. The description in the obituary of his quiet humor and graciousness generated fond memories. We are all sorry for his passing. He truly modeled Christian discipleship. May it sustain you to know that He is now celebrating in God's presence.
Nathalie, Sheryl, Chuck and Billy,
sorry to her of Bill’s passing. My dad and him shared a love for work, church, God and family. Their marks are on many parts of ST Johns and the people who attended there. Many great memories are shared with you and our sympathy as well.
My condolences to the family. Uncle Bill was a wonderful, soft-spoken gentleman. I enjoyed the times I was able to go deer hunting with him, Gordon and my dad. He made me feel included with the group. God bless you, Uncle Bill.
Uncle Bill will always be a part of me. He was a person that made a big great impression and touched so many lives. I and my sister were fortunate to see him at his mom and dad’s place at Harvey’s Lake every summer for many years when we were younger. ❤️