Johnny Dale Beck was born May 23, 1941, in Ryderwood, Wash., passed away Feb. 10, 2020. He was a life-long Winlock resident.
John attended school in Winlock then enlisted in the United States Army, serving from 1959 to 1962, in Germany and Korea. He met his wife, Sally during the Columbus Day storm, and they married in 1963.
He was a logger with Weyerhaeuser for 46 years. After retiring he continued to work at farming and logging. He was a hard worker and would do anything to help family and friends.
John was a private pilot and loved to fly. Many who knew him reflexively look up when they hear a small plane, to see if it’s him tilting his wings to say hello. He and Sally enjoyed going to grandkids’ sporting events and to the casino. He liked breakfast with the guys, reading, hunting and life on the farm. He was a Mason.
John is survived by his wife, Sally; brother, Raymond (Jo) Beck; children, Kathy, Steve, Michelle and Annette; grandchildren, Casara, Zabrinna, Trevor, Kasen and Brooklyn; and great-grandchildren, Carter, Cayden and Dax.
He was preceded in death by parents, Leonard Beck and Ellen Zion; brother, Tom Beck; newborn son, Bobby; and stepfathers, Stanley Perkins and Joe Zion.
A memorial gathering will be held at the Olequa Senior Center in Winlock at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020.