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O. N. Beck, 76 - May 28, 2008

O. N. Beck, 76, of Cozad died Thursday, May 22, 2008, at St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center in Lincoln.
Services were held on Tuesday, May 27, at the Berryman Funeral Home at Cozad with Dr. Dan Flanagan officiating. Burial was at the Cozad Cemetery.
Beck was born Oct. 7, 1931, at Lexington to Howard and Fannie (Messersmith) Beck. He graduated from Lexington High School in 1949.
On June 21, 1950, he was united in marriage to Janet Render at Cozad. The couple made their home at the Beck family farm in Lexington.
He and his wife moved to a site northeast of Cozad in 1951, where they farmed and ranched. In 1979, the couple moved to town.
Beck was a past master of the Masonic Meridian Lodge No. 188 of Cozad. He was also a member of the Cozad Elks Lodge No. 2250.
He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, and always made time for their activities, according to family members.
Beck also enjoyed his work and everything it entailed, especially his cattle, said family members. He also enjoyed flying, dancing, riding horses and watching Western movies.
He was preceded in death by: his parents, Howard and Fannie; four brothers and four sisters.
?Survivors include: his wife, Janet Beck of Cozad; three daughters—Sherry Lynn (Paul) Stoll of Yutan, Peggy Sue (Don) Butler of Cozad, and Pamela Jo Smith (Eugene Schneider) of Valley; seven grandchildren—Tiffany Stoll (friend, Jennifer) of Yutan, Paulette (Ivan) Tarkin of Pittsburgh, PA, Brianne (Clint) Snider and Morgan Beck Butler, all Lincoln, Janelle Smith of Omaha, Justin Smith (friend, Nicki Jackson) of Elkhorn and Catherine Schneider of Omaha; eight great-grandchildren—Jadyn Stuart, Lily O. N. Tarkin, Ashtyn Quinn Snider, Bryson Eugene Snider, Braiton Wayne Snider, Jonathan Lee Wojcinski, Tyler James Williams and Ava Mackenzie Jackson-Smith; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A memorial has been established.
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