A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Munich for Rallan John Beck, age 85, of Munich, who passed away in the presence of his family, Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks.
Interment will be in the St. Boniface Cemetery.
Rallan was born July 12, 1931 in Trier Township west of Munich to John Beck and Gertrude Helten Beck. He attended and graduated from Munich High School. He spent one winter in Valley City working at a gas station and delivery service for his brother-in-law, Bob Johnson. He married Eileen Korb July 25, 1951 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Calio. They began farming in Trier Township where they lived until building a new farm home in Sievert Township in 1958. They raised their five children there. Lori McLean Wirth joined the family in 1973. For several winters he did handiwork with Elmer Mueller of Calio. In 1967 he purchased the Calio Bar along with partners, Edwin Bannach and Werner Schuler. They built a new building in 1968. He sold his share three years later. He farmed his entire life. First with his father who he said taught him everything he knew, then on his own and eventually with his sons and grandsons. After building a new home in Munich in 1982 he made the seven mile commute almost daily to work when he could. Farming was in his heart and on his mind until June 20, 2017. He was active on the Calio School Board, on the St. Boniface Catholic Church Council, and on the Boards of several area Co-Ops. He was a member of the Eagles, the Elks, and the Knights of Columbus. He was a parishioner of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Munich since the closing of St. Boniface. He enjoyed traveling with his wife, visiting all 50 states and five continents. His work of farming was his pleasure. He was a basketball player in his day and loved watching sporting events and other activities involving his children, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren. He was a great attender of all things family and community.
Rallan is survived by Eileen, his wife of 65 years, of Munich; children Avonne (Steve) Fagerland of Rapid City, SD, Cindy (Richard) Zimmer, Nathan (Lori) Beck, Gary (Lynette) Beck, all of Munich, Lisa (Van) Howatt, of Langdon, Lori (Gary) Wirth, also of Munich; sisters Euphelia Michels of Apple Valley, Minn. and Pat Beck of Fargo; 30 grandchildren; 43 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Rallan was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Mary Ann Johnson and brothers Roger Beck and infant brother Jerome.
Gilbertson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.