Lester L. Beck

Lester LaRue Beck, VMD, of Loyalsock Township, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. He and his twin sister were born on May 2, 1933, in Weedville, Pa., the eleventh and twelfth children of the late Isaac Russell and Mattie May Timblin Beck.

On April 10, 1965, he married the former Carol Ann Tebbs. Together they celebrated 52 years of marriage and were blessed with two children.

He is survived by his wife and beloved son, John Henry, and predeceased by his beloved daughter, Ruth Ann.

Lester was a graduate of Bennetts Valley High School. He continued his education at Pennsylvania State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree, and University of Pennsylvania, graduating in 1960 as a Veterinary Medical Doctor.

In 1968, Dr. Beck established the Loyalsock Animal Hospital at 1900 Northway Road, at father-in-law, John H. Tebbs’ former automotive garage. He was a life member of: the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, The Consolidated Sportsman of Lycoming County, and the Texas-Blockhouse Fish & Game Club, where he was chairman on the Habitat Committee.

Surviving in addition to his wife and son are sisters, Belva Marie (Lewis) Burch and Esther LaRue (George) Hakes and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by brothers, Miles Hubert Beck, Frederick Beck, and Kenneth L. (Mary E. Henry) Beck and sisters, Dorothy Mae (Robert) Reay, Ruth Lucinda Beck, Alice Viola (Myles) Bennett, Faye Linnea (Rev. J. Arthur) Depew, Velma Naomi (Nathan) Mohilewsky, and Gwendolyn (Vincent) Jacob.

Goodbyes are not forever, are not the end. It simply means we’ll miss you, until we meet again.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, October 19, at Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St., Montoursville. A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, October 20, at the Lycoming Centre Presbyterian Church, 656 W. Creek Road, Cogan Station, with Rev. Jerry Fourroux Jr., officiating, followed by a fellowship meal at the church. Interment will be held 10 a.m., Saturday, October 21, at the Montoursville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lycoming Centre Presbyterian Church, 656 W. Creek Road, PO Box 310, Cogan Station, PA 17728.