Howard Merle “Pete” Beck, 96, of Allegheny Township, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021. He was born in North Apollo on June 5, 1925, to the late William and Bessie Jewell Beck.
Pete served in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged in November of 1949. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 566, Vandergrift, a lifetime member of Hampton Lodge No. 1004 Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Allison Park, and a current member of Tyrian Lodge No. 644 Free and Accepted Masons, New Kensington. He was also a Past Master of Leechburg Masonic Lodge No. 577.
Pete is survived by his niece, Elaine Wright of New Castle, Del.; caretaker and longtime friend, Ruth “Rusty” Greenwald; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Blanche L. Beck; and siblings, Ruby, Amos, Wilbur, Harvey, and Velora.
Viewing will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021 at ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 FREEPORT ROAD, NEW KENSINGTON. Masonic services will be held at 7:00 pm. Funeral services will be held on Friday, Sept. 10 at 1 p.m. within the funeral home. Rev. Dean Ward will officiate. Private burial will be in Forks-Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery, Gilpin. Please visit www.rossgwalker.com to leave an online condolence.
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