Beck, Ernest D. “Ernie” (1922-2010)

U.S. Veteran Ernest “Ernie” D. Beck (87) of Warren, MN passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at Oak Crest Valley 4000 in Grand Forks, ND on Saturday, October 16, 2010.

Ernie was born December 27, 1922 in Trail County, ND, son of John and Minnie (Olson) Beck. He attended school in rural Hatton. He served in the US Navy as a gunners’ mate during WWII. Ernie and Darlene Smiley were united in marriage on July 2, 1948 in Barnesville, MN. They lived and worked on various farms until settling in Hawley, MN where he had a large dairy farm. In 1960 he built Ernie’s Lanes in Hawley. He also managed Red Wing’s Uptown Bowling in Grand Forks. In 1970 his family moved to Warren, MN where he owned and operated Cactus Lanes until his retirement. In his semi-retired years he worked at the Warren Hospital and numerous other part time jobs.

Ernie enjoyed working, time spent camping with his kids, summer weekends at Maple Lake and Golden Lake, time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He and Darlene enjoyed many camping excursions in their retirement years. Ernie and Darlene were most proud of their family and their 62 years of marriage. At Valley 4000 the residents and wonderful staff enjoyed his humor, stories, and singing. His family is grateful for the excellent care given to him there.

Ernie is survived by his wife, Darlene of Grand Forks, ND; children Jim (Jan), Casa Grande, AZ; Mike (Holly), Bismark, ND; Don (Deb), Grand Forks, ND; Ginny Westberg, Warren, MN; Stan, St. Cloud, MN; Janice (Nima) Mostofi, Roseau, MN; 13 grandchildren, Joshua (Heather), Jennifer, Keon, Setareh, Austin, Megan, Paul, Nichole, Jared, Lynn, Murry (Amie), Marshall (Daria), Mallory (Jake); 6 great-grandchildren Ian, Bella, Charlie, Kaylie, Miley and Ethan; siblings, Clara Johnson, Carl Beck, Nathlie Brustad, Gilman Beck, Shirley Beck.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings Marvin, Tilman, Joseph, Blanche Amundson, David, Einar, Thomas, John Jr.; son-in-law Lowell Westberg; infant granddaughter Manijha Mostofi; three sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law.

[Interred Greenwood cemetery]

Transcribed by:  Cheryl Srnsky