H. Grant Beck, 82, of Lexington, died Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2005, at Bryan/LGH East Hospital in Lincoln. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17, at First United Methodist Church, with Rev. Todd Karges officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Lexington. Visitation was Friday, Dec. 16, at Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington, which is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Doris Beck of Lexington; a son, Lee (Carolyn) Beck of Hastings; two daughters, Roxie (Gary) Jasper of Columbus, and Marcia (Drew) Lepinski of Lincoln; three grandsons, Gary (Jennifer) Higbee of Parker, Colo., Kevin (Kammi) Beck of Parker, Colo., and Will Lepinski of Lincoln; two granddaughters, Shelly (Dustin) Everitt of Fremont, and Becky Lepinski of Lincoln; three great-granddaughters, Taylor, Madison and Emily; and one great-grandson, Austin. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and four sisters.
Grant was born Sep. 30, 1923, at Lexington to Howard and Fanny (Messersmith) Beck. He was raised on their farm northeast of Lexington and attended Lexington Public Schools. He graduated from Lexington High School in 1943.
On Oct. 15, 1944, he married Doris Holthus in Kansas. This fall marked their 61st wedding anniversary. Grant and Doris raised three children, Lee, Roxie and Marcia. They farmed north of Lexington until they retired in 1986.
Grant sold seed corn for over 25 years. They also raised livestock and did custom harvesting.
Grant may have been best known for his love of Shetland ponies. He used to drive teams of ponies with his stagecoach or covered wagon in various parades. Grant also raised peacocks and exotic animals. Friends and family were always welcome to come out and play with the ponies and stay for supper.
They also belonged to various card and supper clubs and enjoyed time visiting with friends. Grant and Doris also traveled extensively and had many fond memories of their trips.
Grant was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Lexington. He belonged to the Plum Creekers and the Dawson County Cattlemen's Association.
Memorials are kindly suggested to First United Methodist Church or to the Beck family for later designation.