Floyd Edward Beck

  • Born: January 2, 1920
  • Died: May 29, 2018
  • Location: Cicero, Indiana

Hartley Funeral Home

209 West Jackson Street
Cicero, IN 46034

Tel. (317) 984-3614

Tribute & Message From The Family

Floyd Edward Beck, longtime Cicero, IN resident and World War II hero, passed away May 29, 2018 at St. Vincent Hospice at Indianapolis.

He was born January 2, 1920 at Cicero, IN to John and Ida May (Moody) Beck. Growing up in Cicero during the Great Depression, he experience hardships with his family. On August 20, 1942 at the Noblesville Armory he was inducted into the Army Air Corp as an Airplane Mechanic Gunner. He took the position of tail gunner on a B24 named Skygrazer. They flew over 50 missions usually taking enemy fire. One of the most important bombing raids that Floyd and his crew flew was on August 1, 1943 when they participated in bombing German oil refineries in Romania. Their success at destroying this target was an important turning point in the war.

Mr. Beck shared memories of his flights, saying they they flew at 35,000 feet and the planes were very cold. They could take snacks, but nothing to drink as it would freeze. He became used to holes being shot in the plane and engines being destroyed in flight. Often the tires on the plane were flattened by enemy fire making landing very dangerous. Most dangerous was not being able to take evasive action until they had delivered their bombs so they were vulnerable to enemy attacks.

After being honorably discharged, he returned to Cicero, IN and became employed at Delco Remy where he worked for 33 years.

He was a member of Cicero Christian Church and the Cicero American Legion and Cicero VFW, all for many years. He was an avid euchre player and also enjoyed fishing and boating on Morse Lake. He was known for his humility, great sense of humor and extreme patriotism.

He married Vivian (Cranfield) Beck on December 1, 1944 while he was on leave. She preceded him in death October 5, 1998. In addition to his wife and parents, he was also preceded in death by a son: Russell Edward Beck, brother: Howard Beck and sister: Cornelia Gibbons.

Surviving him is a son: David Lynn (Gloria) Beck of Brownsburg, IN, grandchildren: Stacey Preyss, Ryan Beck, Emily Miller, and Jason Beck, great grandchildren: Jenna Beck, Lauren Beck, Vivian Preyss, Luke Preyss, Ethan Preyss, Olivia Miller, Gage Miller, and Beck Miller.

Funeral services will be held Thursday May 31, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at Hartley Funeral Homes Cicero Chapel, 209 West Jackson Street, Cicero, IN 46034 with Pastor Neal Brown officiating. Burial will follow at Cicero Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12:00 noon until time of the services. Memorial contributions may be made to Project ALS, 801 Riverside Drive, Suite 6C, New York , NY 10032. You may send condolences at http://www.hartleyfuneralhomes.com.


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Condolence & Memory Journal

I was a little girl when I knew Vivian and Floyd and their boys. My parents, CJ and Mary Sue Hinshaw lived near them in Cicero and my two brothers Creede and Craig were born there. My parents moved to Tipton before I was born, but I remember going to Cicero on numerous occasions to visit the Beck family and I remember get-togethers where the 4 boys would play together. Floyd and Vivian were the essence of hospitality. As an adult, I got to know Rusty and Lynn a little bit when they moved to Tipton and Rusty was a photographer. I stopped to admire the moon gate Rusty had built in their yard and Lynn and Rusty invited me inside. I was fascinated by their various interests and wished I'd had a greater chance to get to know both of them as adults. I actually have night dreams sometimes of boating with them down a slow muddy Indiana river...Cicero creek? Floyd is probably enjoying fishing in the great sky river.

Posted by Camilla (Hinshaw) Barry - Rumsey, CA - Family Friend   December 17, 2018

We used to play Euchre with Floyd in Noblesville. He was such a nice man and a good card player too!

RIP Floyd!
May you always have "great hands" in heaven!

Posted by Dennis & Cindy Crist - TIPTON, IN - acquaintance   May 31, 2018

Sorry we can't be there by know you are all here in our hearts and prayers.

Posted by Tom and Linda Castor - Cape Coral, FL - Family Friend   May 30, 2018

Candle

What wonderful memories you have of your dad....a life full of love and wisdom. Thoughts and prayers to you Dave and Gloria.
Cheri and Brett West

Posted by Cheri West - Friend   May 30, 2018

ON BEHALF OF THE COMRADES AND SISTERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF INDIANA YOU HAVE OUR DEEPEST CONDOLENCES FOR THE LOSS OF YOUR LOVED ONE AND OUR DEPARTED COMRADE.OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL.SINCERELY VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS OF THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF INDIANA STATE CHAPLAIN KEISTON R.HOLLOWAY

Posted by KEISTON R. HOLLOWAY - vincennes, IN - Friend   May 30, 2018