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John Wesley "Wes" Beck

Died: August 3, 2018

John Wesley “Wes” Beck, 78, passed away on Friday, August 3, 2018 at Hoosier Village in Zionsville.

He was born in Lebanon on November 8, 1939 to Noble and Naomi (Hine) Beck.  He grew up on the family farm in Boone County and graduated from Whitestown High School in 1958.  He married his sweetheart and best friend, Carolyn Kincaid, on July 18, 1964.  This past July they celebrated 54 years of marriage.

Survivors include his wife Carolyn, son Matthew (Julie), daughter Marsha Mendez Johnson (Chad) and grandchildren Emma, Sam, Allie, Ryan, and Jack.

Wes served as an Internal Bank Auditor with numerous banks over a 40 year span.

Family was very important to Wes and he was a loving and caring husband, dad, and papaw.  Through the years he enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren grow and develop through the Boone County 4-H program.  He was a devoted 4-H volunteer serving in many capacities for over 50 years.  4-H was a huge part of his life and he enjoyed serving as club leader for the Flying Eagles and project leader for Geology and Genealogy.  The most important role was teaching the youth and inspiring them to make the best better.

He enjoyed genealogy research, sharing that passion with Carolyn.  He was a member of the Boone County Genealogy Society.  He loved to help others with their research to trace their family’s lineage.  Wes and Carolyn enjoyed many trips in the United State and abroad walking where their ancestors walked and learning about their cultures.

Wes was an avid Purdue Boilermaker fan!  Wes and Carolyn enjoyed season tickets to football and basketball for the past 30 plus years.  Ever faithful and Ever True he followed the School of Agriculture and the progress in farming over the years.

The happiest place in the world for Wes was at the family cabin in Brown County, Indiana.  They bought the property in 2008 and spent several years remodeling it into the perfect place for rest and relaxation.  Wes was very fond of planning and planting several Native Indiana flower beds in the meadow.

Wes was a member of the Zionsville Christian Church for several decades and served in many capacities.  He was also a member of the Boone County Extension Board, as well as the Purdue Council for Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching.

Wes was preceded in death by his parents as well as his brother, Stanley Hine Beck.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 2 – 5 pm at the Hoosier Village Retirement Community Center at 9909 Purple Plum Lane Indianapolis, IN 46268, within Hoosier Village at 5300 West 96th Street Indianapolis 46268.  Memorial contributions may be given to Boone County   4-H Club in honor of Wes at 1300 E 100 S Lebanon, IN  46052.

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Visitation Information

Date: Saturday, August 11, 2018

Time: 2:00 pm

End Time: 5:00 pm

Visitation will be at Hoosier Village Retirement Community Center, 9909 Purple Plum Lane Indianapolis, IN 46268, within Hoosier Village at 5300 West 96th Street Indianapolis 46268.


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