Maynard G. Beck (2018-10-02 17:14:44)

Maynard G. Beck, devoted husband and stalwart patriot, passed away September 30, 2018, at the age of 85, after a long and valiant battle with cancer.

He was born September 16, 1933, in Delmont, South Dakota, to John and Ernestine Beck, one of six children. He grew up in a German-speaking community and spoke no English until he went to elementary school. He graduated from Delmont High

School in 1951 and was known as the best knuckleball pitcher in the area. He ran the family cattle farm until his brothers returned from the Korean War. In 1956 he enlisted in the Army and served for two years in England. He then returned to South Dakota, where he married Sharon Gremmert. Maynard attended Indiana Institute of Technology in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and earned a B.S. in Electronic Engineering in 1965. He worked for the space program in Cape Canaveral, Florida, for several years, and later in private industry. In 1977, after his first marriage ended, he relocated to Havelock, North Carolina, where he worked on military aircraft at the Naval Aviation Depot at Cherry Point. He married his wife Linda in 1982, and they lived in New Bern, N.C. for 26 years. They enjoyed sailing the East Coast and traveling all over the U.S. in their RV. Maynard retired from NADEP in 1999 and moved to Wilkes County in 2009.

He is survived by his wife Linda; two stepdaughters, Marcie Wysocki of Moravian Falls, and Victoria Engfer of Libertyville, Illinois; seven step-grandchildren; a brother, Herb Beck of Montesano,Washington; a sister, Elvera (Beck) Iliff of Denver, Colorado; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a brother, Elmer Beck, and two sisters, Marlene (Beck) Schurz, and Doris Beck all of South Dakota.

A graveside service will be held in Delmont, South Dakota, at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice (N.C.) 688 North Bridge Street, Elkin, NC 28621 or to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 9, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659. Miller Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be made to