Frederick N. “Fritz” Beck Print
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 29 November 2017 16:20

Frederick N. “Fritz” Beck, 93, of Port Washington, died Wednesday, Nov. 22.
    Mr. Beck was born in Port Washington in June 1924 to Charles and Gertrude Klein Beck. He attended St. Mary’s Grade School and graduated from Port Washington High School in 1942.
    In January 1943, Mr. Beck was inducted into the U.S. Army and served until November 1945. He was in the 29th Infantry Division as an instrument operator and battery computer in the 111th Field Artillery Battalion in Fire Direction Center. He served in Scotland, England, France, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands and Denmark.
    Mr. Beck received four Battle Stars and was awarded the Bronze Arrowhead for taking part in the initial landings in Normandy on June 6, 1944.
    On May 14, 1949, Mr. Beck married Carol Hamm of Belgium at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lake Church. They settled in Port Washington.
    The couple enjoyed traveling and took many motor coach trips around the United States, Mexico and Canada. They especially enjoyed trips to Hawaii and Europe.
    Mr. Beck worked as a standards engineer at the former JE Gilson Foundry until it burned down in February 1962. Soon after the fire, he took a job with Simplicity Manufacturing Co. in Port Washington, where he worked for more than 24 years until he retired in 1986.
    Mr. Beck was a member of the 29th Infantry Division Association, the Van Ells-Schanen American Legion Post 82 and International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers Local 1430. He was a trustee of Branch 31 of the Catholic Knights Insurance Company for 25 years, St. Mary’s Parish and the St. Mary’s Usher Society for 35 years.
    According to his family, Mr. Beck’s favorite diversion was dancing with his wife and friends on Sunday afternoons. Polkas and waltzes were his favorites. Mr. Beck also enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, reading and tending his large vegetable garden.
    In 2010, Mr. Beck was inducted into the Port Washington High School Veterans Wall of Honor. In 2015, he took the Honor Flight Tour of Honor.
    Mr. Beck is survived by his wife Carol of Port Washington; children Janet (Mike) Holliday of Westerville, Ohio, Joanne (David) Lang of Elk Grove Village, Ill., Mary Kay Beck of Port Washington, Laurie (Greg) Wolf of Barrington Hills, Ill., Dan of Vernon Hills, Ill., and Steve (Lynn) of the Town of Saukville; grandchildren Ryan, Nick, Jason, Kate, Jennie, Ed, Sam, Tom, Rob, Kaitlyn, Abbey, Bradley and Lindsey; five great-grandchildren; and sister Dorothy (Bob) Tagatz of Crystal Lake, Ill.
    He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Clarence.
    A memorial Mass of Christian burial will be at noon, Saturday, Dec. 2, at St. John XXIII Parish, St. Peter of Alcantara Church, in Port Washington. Father Patrick Wendt will officiate.
    Visitation will be at the church from 10 a.m. Saturday until the Mass. Interment with military honors will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Port Washington.
    Memorials to St. John XXIII Parish Capital Gather and Grow Building Campaign are appreciated.
    Poole Funeral Home, Port Washington, is handling the arrangements.