Lemuel E. Beck Sr., 81, of Monroe City, Mo., passed away at 3:35 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, at Monroe City Manor in Monroe City, Mo.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, at the James O'Donnell Life Celebration Home in Monroe City, Mo. Pastor Olivia Earlywine will officiate. Burial with full military rites by Emmette J. Shields American Legion Post No. 55 will be at Ariel Cemetery in Rural Monroe City, Mo.
Friends and family are invited to Lemuel's Life Celebration at a visitation that will be from 10 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral home.
Lemuel was born March 28, 1938, in Hannibal to Watson Lemuel Beck and Bessie Lee Engel Beck.
He was married on Dec. 23, 1961, at the Third Baptist Church in St. Louis, Mo., to Mary Alyea. She survives.
Other survivors include one son, Lemuel Beck Jr. (Brenda) of Monroe City, Mo.; one daughter, Sandra Coleman (Craig) of Ludington, Mich.; and nine grandchildren, Celeste Moyers, Amanda Moyers, Lemuel Beck III, Joshua Beck, Kyelee Beck, Cheyenne Francis, Alicia Joy Francis, Gracie Francis,and Zachary Francis.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and an infant child.
Lemuel was a United States Navy veteran. He served his country proudly in the Vietnam War and in the Naval Reserves.
Professionally Lemuel was a production worker at Electric Wheel in Quincy, Ill., and retired from Die Makers in Monroe City.
Lemuel was very passionate about his Naval career. He liked collecting, and old antiques, railroad lanterns, old cars and tractors and coins were a few of his favorites. Lemuel was very spiritual by nature. He would help anyone he could.
Lemuel enjoyed hunting, mainly deer on the family farm.
Lemuel attended the New Oakland Baptist Church in Monroe City, Mo.
Memorial contributions may be made to the VFW Post 4240.
Online condolences may be shared and video tribute may be viewed at www.ODonnellLifeCelebration.com