Buster Beck, 1925-2010
Buster Michael Beck passed away Monday at Vail Valley Medical Center in Vail. He was 85. He was born in Red Cliff on March 2, 1925. His parents were the late Earl & Dessie (Tomlin) Beck. Buster graduated from Red Cliff High School and then enlisted in the United States Army, serving in World War II. After returning, Buster married the former Angela Fear on July 24, 1949. Buster worked as a lumberjack at the Warren Brothers and Robinson Logging Co., for the New Jersey Zinc Co., the Roberts Tunnel, Homestake Reservoir and the Climax Mine. Mr. Beck is preceded in death by his parents; son Michael Beck, who died in 1994; daughter Chris Banicki, who passed away in 2000; and brothers Bruce and Albert Quinn Beck. He is survived by his wife, Angela, in Red Cliff; sons Joseph and Anthony Beck, of Red Cliff, Kenneth Beck, of Eagle-Vail, Richard Beck, of Panguitch, Utah, and William (Claudia) Beck, of Lochbuie, Colo.; daughters Johanna (Brian) Perkins, of Rifle, Patricia (Stan) Rowe, of Carlin, Nev., and Margaret (Joe) Phillips, of Aurora, Colo.; and brothers Theodore Beck, Thomas (Rachel) Beck and Russell (Carol) Beck. Buster also is survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.According to his wishes, Mr. Beck was cremated and his ashes will be scattered in the mountains he so loved. Those wishing may make memorial contributions to the Colorado Department of Wildlife, 6060 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216.