Herbert P. Beck

Herbert P. Beck, 98, of Honey Brook, went to be with his savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, December 18, 2021 at Maple Farm Nursing Home in Ephrata, PA. He was under hospice care.

Herbert was born in Tarentum, PA on May 21, 1923. He was the son of the late Martin F. and Anna Beck and shared 56 years of marriage with Eleanor (Walsh) Beck, his teenage sweetheart, who preceded him in death in 1997. His love for Eleanor was a tremendous testimony to his sons. After all the years since her death, he still cried when he spoke of her. Herbert was raised in a loving family in Tarentum, PA and was preceded in death by his three sisters and three brothers. His namesake, Herbert Beck, Jr. also predeceased his father.

Herbert is survived by his son, Jeffery Beck, also of Honey Brook, seven grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren.

Herbert served in the United States Navy Seabees (Construction Battalions) in both World War II (Pacific Theater - Midway) and the Korean War, attaining the rank of Chief Petty Officer. He was Plant Manager of the Westwood Plant for Allegheny Ludlum Steel for 25 years, retiring in 1980. He loved the steel industry. Herbert also loved his farm in Honey Brook where he lived almost until his death with his son Jeffery and daughter-in-law Sylvia, who he said was the best daughter-in-law in the world. Herbert considered Marco Medina, husband of his granddaughter Heidi, to be his best friend. Like any good Seabee, he felt that he could build or fix almost anything, and in most cases, he was right. Herbert had more tools than anyone would ever reasonably need and was always looking to acquire more. Jeffery will miss his dad misplacing his tools and blaming it on him as well as his three-hour preparations for jobs that turned out to last only thirty minutes. He rarely, if ever, missed a sporting event that his children or grandchildren were in, especially track meets. His favorite food was anything sweet and hot dogs from Harry’s Hot Dogs in Sadsburyville, PA.

Herbert was extremely loyal, generous, and encouraging and no effort or expense was too much to support his children and grandchildren and their spouses. To say that he will be missed is an understatement. Fair winds and following seas sailor! We will see you on the other side dad!

Services will be private at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements by The Labs Funeral Home, Inc. of Honey Brook, Pa.

For additional information and online condolences, please visit www.thelabsfh.com

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Jeff, it saddened me to see the passing of your Dad. I was fond of our days at Allegheny and respected how your Dad was not afraid to get his hands dirty in the plant and engage with the Steelworkers. I wish your family peace.

~ Jim Sisk
12/29/2021 2:04:03 PM

I read your beautiful obituary for Herbert this morning and your words made me feel as if I had known him. The affection, warmth and humor it conveyed showed what a wonderful man he must have been. I have never before written condolences for people I do not know, but I felt moved to say what a remarkable legacy and memories he left you. Wishing you peace and comfort.

~ Mary Ann Maggitti
12/29/2021 8:22:11 AM

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