Nicholas J. Beck Sr., 94, of Cascade, passed away peacefully Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade.

Because of the unprecedented conditions in our country right now due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, a private family visitation for Nick was held Saturday, July 11, 2020 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade. Anyone interested in sending memorials may send them to Reiff Funeral Home, Attention: Nick Beck Sr. Family at P.O. Box #430, Cascade, Iowa, 52033.

A private Mass of Christian burial for Nick was held Saturday, July 11, 2020 at St. Martin Catholic Church in Cascade, with the Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Lector was Joan Bindel. Placing of the Pall was done by Mary Lynn Riesberg, Kathy Ripple, Mike Beck, Jane Gabel, Peggy Donovan, Dave Beck and Sue Webber. Burial was held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade.

Casketbearers were Jeff Riesberg, Mark Ripple, Matt Donavan, Jeremy Beck, Brian Beck, Adam Beck, Andy Beck, Peter Gabel, Tom Gabel and Nick Webber.

Nick was born June 9, 1926 in Cascade, son of Henry and Clara (Wecker) Beck. He received his education from the Hazel Valley one room school and former St. Mary School. On Nov. 21, 1946 he was united in marriage to Marie A. Goedken, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Worthington. Together the couple farmed in the rural Cascade area for many years. She preceded him in death Dec. 4, 2012.

Nick will be remembered as a caring, humble and true gentleman. He was a loving husband, a devoted father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather. He taught us the true meaning of love and family. Nick had a love for farming, and all the blood, sweat and tears that were part of it. Nick took pride in the many improvements on the farm through the years. His dream was to keep the farm in the Beck family for many more generations. Today his grandson Andy Beck owns and operates the farm.

He was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade. Nick was also a member of the Knights of Columbus since 1944; during this time he served as Grand Knight. He was active in the ASCS Program, serving as a Chairman of the County Committee for nine years.

He is survived by seven children, Mary Lynn (Justin) Riesberg, of Delhi, Kathy (John Craig) Ripple, of Eldridge, Mike (Pattie) Beck, of Cascade, Jane (Tom) Gabel, of Palos Heights, Ill., Peggy (Bill) Donovan, of Cascade, Dave (Kathy) Beck, of Cascade and Sue Webber, of Peosta; a daughter-in-law, Joyce Beck, of Dubuque; 25 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren.

He is also preceded in death by his parents; a son, Nick R. Beck Jr. on Aug. 28, 1991; one granddaughter, Angela Ripple; son-in-law, Timothy Webber; one brother, Tony (Mary Ann) Beck; three sisters, Caroline Beck, Margaret (Philip) Fonck, and Matilda (Joe) Carroll; two brothers-in-law, William “Billy” Goedken and Gerald Goedken; sisters-in-law, Adeline (Carl) Thomson, Esther (John) Luensmann and Theresa Goedken.

The Beck family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Ellen Kennedy Living Center, Shady Rest Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all the special care they have given to our Dad.

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