SMSgt Billy B. Beck, Air National Guard, ret., lost a courageous battle with cancer on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009. Born in Beeville, TX, on Feb. 7, 1942, he was the son of Thomas T. Beck and Allie Uzzell Beck. A longtime resident of San Antonio, he had lived in Boerne for a year and a half where he was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. His service to the USAF, Air National Guard, and Kelly AFB spanned more than 35 years. Preceded in death by his parents, SMSgt Beck is survived by his wife, Joy; Children, Alan Beck and his wife, Virginia, Billy B. Beck, Jr. and his wife, Loretta, and Christie Beck; and seven grandchildren; Brother, Ben Beck and his wife, Betty. The Visitation will be on Monday, Feb. 23 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 11:00 a.m. at Vaughan’s Funeral Home of Boerne. Burial with full military honors will follow at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that Memorials be made to the Cancer Therapy and Research Center, P. O. Box 1657, San Antonio, TX 78296-1657.
|Monday, February 23, 2009|
|Vaughan's Funeral Home|
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6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
|Tuesday, February 24, 2009|
|Vaughan Funeral Home|
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When you introduced me to Bill 37 years ago I thought you had lost your mind. I liked your boyfriend before Bill! How could you dump him and marry Bill? Of course now I know why. Bill is one of the most kind hearted people I have ever met. He had a gift of making people feel welcome when you visited and you felt he was genuinely pleased you were there. He was always interested in hearing what was going on in your life and you could tell that he really cared. I will miss him sis and I know you will too. I'm glad you dumped the other guy so the rest of us could share in the pleasure of having Bill in our lives.
Mischelle (Godbey) Poundstone
CAMS, 149th Fighter Wing
I didn't work with Sgt Beck, but I knew who he was. He was one of the "old Maintenance guys." My heartfelt condolences go to his family and friends. Know that God is always with you, especially during this difficult time.
Gilbert L Maldonado
Friend, served with him in the 149 FW, Texas Air National Guard
My deepest condolences and sympathy goes out to the family of SMSgt Billy Beck. I had the privilege of working with Billy at the 149FW.
May his family find comfort in God’s Loving Grace and Unconditional Love.
Bill will truly be missed. I don't think he ever met a stranger. My boys thought of him as a Grandpa because he always treated them with love. Joy, they feel the same way about you. The love you two shared with each other and everyone you know will get you through this difficult time. God Bless!
David G Perez
All of Bill's friends at Apetitos Mexican Restaurant, send our sincere sympathy to Bill's family. Years ago Bill used his construction skills to make some much needed improvements to our restaurant. His visits to the restaurant brought a smile to everyone's face, especially if we needed some ideas or repairs. We appreciate all your help and will long remember your friendship. Bill,thanks for being a part of our family.
Michael & Brenda Pullin
We were priviledged to know and be a friend to Bill. Bill was an extraordinary person.....He would give the shirt off his back to help someone. He was strong willed and independent, a fighter to the end. We know he enjoyed and celebrated the birth of his grandchildren who brought a great deal of happiness to his life. We will miss Bill.
To Billy and Loretta I am writing on behalf of myself and Weisa Smith who is out of town at this time. I am so sorry of your loss but I know your Dad is now in a better place and no longer suffering.During my brief period of knowing your Dad, I found him to be a true Gentleman who was kind and considerate of everyone he came in contact with. Weisa joins me in having fond memories of him and our prayers are with you all at this time. Sincerely, Bill Matson, Former Air Force Village Activity Director.
Fellow Member of 149th Fighter Wing
I first met SMSgt Beck back in 1989 when I joined what was then called the 149th Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. SMSgt Beck was truly a nice person and will be missed. My prayers are with you all at this difficult time.
Fellow member, 149th Ftr Wing
My sincere sympathy to the family and friends of a fellow Guardsman.
Former Fellow Guardsman & Technician
Bill and I worked in the Egress shop way back then (149th CAMRON). We had great times and I enjoyed his friendship. My sincerest condolences to Joy and family. Wayne and Virginia Blanco-Cerda y Familia