Funeral services for Roy Beck, 87 year old Buffalo man who passed away early Wednesday morning at the Johnson County Health Care Center in Buffalo, will be held Monday, April 18th at 10:00 a.m. from the Adams Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Connie Cranston officiating. Visitation will be held on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and on Monday from 8:00 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in Willow Grove Cemetery with graveside services to follow the funeral. Donations in Roy’s memory may be made to the Buffalo Senior Center or the Johnson County YMCA in care of the Adams Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo.
Roy Albert Beck was Born on October 8, 1923 in Mt. Bethel, Pennsylvania to Raymond and Esther Beck. He grew up on a farm in Mt. Bethel and graduated from Portland High School in Portland , Pennsylvania in 1939. After high school he worked on various farms in Pennsylvania. He was married on December 24, 1943 in Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania to Madge Guthrie and they made their home in the Mt. Bethel area where Roy worked on dairy farms. Roy and Madge moved to Delaware, New Jersey in 1950 and he took a job as a police officer with the Delaware River Bridge Commission and worked there for 5 years. In 1955 he started driving truck for Tuscarora Farms where he worked for 8 years. In March of 1964 he went to work for the Mars, M and M candy factory where he worked as an industrial painter until he retired on March 31, 1986. They lived in Delaware, New Jersey until June of 1986 when they moved to Buffalo, Wyoming. Roy worked at the Johnson County Co-op for several years. He worked as a bus driver and weekend site manager for the Buffalo Senior Center and also drove bus for the Amie Holt Care Center. Madge passed away in February of 2004 and Roy continued living in Buffalo until the time of his death.
Roy was the Fire Chief in Delaware, New Jersey and president of the fire company. He was a member of the Knowlton Township School Board and was an avid bike rider and softball player. Roy was an avid hunter and guided for Rafter B Outfitters He killed a Big Horn Sheep when he was in his 70’s. He shot a moose when he was 80 and continued to hunt until the time of his death. Roy was on the board of the Buffalo Senior Center and the president of the local AARP Chapter.
Roy is survived by one son, Larry Beck and his wife Gerry of Stone Church, Pennsylvania; one daughter Sandra Canaday and her husband Cecil of Richmond, Pennsylvania; one brother Charles Beck of Phoenix, Arizona; one step-brother Howard Ott and his wife Kathleen of Johnsonville, Pennsylvania; one sister Ruth Bartholomew of Atlanta, Georgia; three grandchildren, Randy Canaday of Richmond, Pennsylvania, Abby Goldfarb and her husband Dustin of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and Julie Beck of Easton, Pennsylvania and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one step-sister.