Terry Lee Beck

January 5, 1950 - January 2, 2013

He was born a twin to Carl and Ella in the village of Carson City, Michigan on the 5th day of January in the year 1950.   Educated in St. Mary’s High School but got his real education on the village streets under the caring eye of his dutiful and caring parents. His mother, a staunch Irish Catholic, was a dedicated and committed housewife while his father Carl brought home the bacon literally as he became a butcher by trade. In 1969, Terry and his twin brother jointly joined the United States Air Force and he was immediately assigned as a Fire Protection Specialist while his brother Jerry was assigned duties as a Fuel System Specialist. Terry spent his entire Air Force career as a fire fighter and retired as a MSgt (E-7) in 1993 with 24 years service to his country. He was stationed at Chanute, Shepard, Fairchild Air Force Base’s while spending time in England, Germany, and Thailand. Once retired from the Military, he continued his career as a Fire Inspector for the Plano Fire Department for 19 years.

Forty-One years ago this year, he met Queta Franklin in an aircraft training exercise at Chanute Air Force Base. After receiving the “wink and nod” from his future brother-in-laws Carl Watson and Floyd Franklin they were soon married in 1972. Queta provided him with a family and five children; Tina, Michael, Bonnie, Jon, and Joshua, and five grandchildren; David, Ashley, Madison, Trevor, and Justin.

Terry was a member of the Lake Texoma VFW Post 7873. He reflected the best in America’s character.   He helped in many ways with the post. He had the lettering for the post building and the fallen soldier display made. He also was instrumental in naming of Freedom Hall and worked to have all the signs made and dedicated.   We’ll always remember the time when he started his karaoke career at the post. He always brought his brother-in-law Carl along with him to have someone to blame all the mistakes on during his performance, but we know he was always a “10”.

Terry was preceded in death by his parents Carl and Ella Beck from Carson City.   Terry’s memories will be cherished by his wife Queta Beck in Murphy, TX; his daughter and son-in-law Tina &Tim Collister in Las Lunas, NM ; his son Michael Beck in Nevada, TX; his daughter Bonnie Beck in Waxachie, TX; his son and daughter-in-law Jon & Tammy Beck in San Saba, TX; and his son Josh Beck in Murphy, TX.   He also leaves behind five grandchildren David, Ashley, Madison, Trevor, and Justin.   Terry will be missed by his Brother and sister-in-law Carl & Ann Watson in Pottsboro, TX; twin brother and sister-in-law Jerry & Lynn Beck in Sheraton MI; and brother and sister-in-law Jim and Lily Beck in Carson City, MI. Many nieces, nephews, and cherished friends will also miss Terry.

A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Friday, January 4, 2013, at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel in Allen, Texas.


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Love you pop. I will miss you forever. I wish you were here to see this crazy election, you would really get a kick out of how much I was rooting for Bernie Sanders. I still get the urge to call you whenever one of these politicans does something stupid. I love you so much. Josh Beck, September 13, 2016 My prayers are with you. Monica Drumma Williams, June 8, 2013 Dear Queta and Family : Terry was the best brother anyone could ask for.We know he was a very loving husband,father and grandfather.He sure did make mom and dad proud.We were so sorry to lose him.We surely will miss him. Love always Jim and Lilly Beck, January 9, 2013 We were classmates at CC-C. The last time I saw Terry was the night of our graduation, in June of 1968. I left just a month later to join the service and simply lost touch with most of my friends from the Class of '68... To learn of Terry's life through his obituary is sad, but brings me a good measure of pride to know how a friend devoted himself to his country, his country, and his family. Friends may be lost to time, but the friendships are never forgotten. Lee Wonnacott, January 5, 2013 Terry was such a kind sole and will be deeply missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. There are many good memories we share of Terry and hope to pass them on for years to come. Norman and Christy Pierce, January 4, 2013 I have always thought fondly of both Queta and Terry. Queta taught me much of what I know about parenting, and Terry was just an all around good person, fun to be around, kind and generous. It's a sad day to see him go. He will be missed by many. He is in the Lord's hands and comfort now - what a blessing it is to know that. I am deeply saddened for the family's loss, as I know each of you will feel something very different at this new void in your lives. I pray that God will comfort each of you during this time in the way that each of you needs it most. Rhonda Denise Geriminsky (Simmons), January 4, 2013 I loved Terry. He was my cousin who lived "out in the country" I was a city girl. My two sisters, Elise and Audette would visit every summer for a few weeks and we learned to like the country. We would walk up town to the local shops, go to church wearing crocheted doilles Aunt Ella had made and pinned to our heads, and the most fun was having Jerry, Terry and Jim twirl us around by grabbing one arm and one leg and tossing us into the wheat field. Yes that was fun and I will never forget it. Uncle Carl, Aunt Ella and the three boys would come visit us (Murden Beck, Eleanor, Allan, Dawn, Elise and Audette)in the city and they would have fun touring the area. Even though I did not see Terry much after he left Michigan, we did write and had an occasional phone call which were always meaningful and a delight. I will miss my cousin, Terry. God bless you and your family. Dawn Ruth Hoover (Beck), January 4, 2013 Dearest Queta & Family, we were so Fortunate to know Terry.He always had a smile and always made you feel so good. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful man. May God bless you during this difficult time. Peggy Terrell, January 3, 2013 We sure will miss you my friend very much... Joseph F DiGangi, January 3, 2013