Rev. Glen Beck, age 87, Franklin, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010, after 52 years of ministry in the United Methodist Church. Verner Glen Beck was born on Jan. 1, 1923, the first child of Carroll and Gertrude (Gettinger) Beck.
Glen grew up in Fayette and Union Counties and graduated from Alquina High School. He served in the United States Navy from 1942 to1945, making 18 trips across the Atlantic on destroyer escort duty. After his military service he returned to farm the family farm near Connersville, Ind. In 1955 Glen committed his life to Jesus Christ. In 1958 he began his studies at Garrett Theological Seminary and accepted his first ministerial appointment. Glen served churches in Fayette, Rush, Shelby, Hamilton, and Marion Counties. His last appointment was at the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. Glen was an active supporter of mission work and following his retirement from full-time ministry, he served as Conference Coordinator for Mission Interpretation from 1989 until 2005. At the time of his death he was Minister of Pastoral Care at Grace United Methodist Church in Franklin.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Myrna (Kidd) Beck; his brother, Carroll (Jane) Beck; four children; Linda (Beck) Quick, Rev. Michael (Mickey) Beck, Mark (Nancy) Beck, and Keith Beck; five grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Edwin, Paul, and Gerald Beck; and one great-grandson.
Calling will be held from 3 p.m. until 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010, at Grace United Methodist Church, 1300 E. Adams Drive, in Franklin. The Memorial Service will follow at 7:30 p.m., with Rev. Bob Coleman, Rev. Andy Kinsey, and Rev. Jim Gentry officiating. The graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010, at the Everton Cemetery, located five miles southeast of Connersville.
Memorial contributions may be made to Grace United Methodist Church to be used for the building of “The Glen and Myrna Beck Guest House” in Kigoma, Tanzania, in connection with the mission work of Lowell and Claudia Wertz.
He will be missed by his family and friends around the world. The legacy of love and faith that he leaves will live on in the countless lives he has touched.
Anyone wishing to send a personal message to the family or sign the online guestbook may do so by going to www.urbanwinklerfuneralhome.com.