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Obituary for Russell Beck

August 2, 1935 - January 31, 2021
Sublimity, Oregon | Age 85

Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather, Brother, Friend


Russell C. Beck, 85, passed away peacefully from natural causes on Sunday, January 31, 2021. Russ was the beloved husband of Joan; they were long-time residents of Avon Lake. In August 2020, Russ and Joan, and son Rusty moved cross-country from Avon Lake, Ohio to Sublimity, Oregon.

Russell was born in Avon Lake August 2, 1935 to the late Carl and Viola (nee Jackson) Beck. Russ was an Avon Lake High School graduate (1954). He then earned B.S./M.S. degrees in botany at Ohio University, and continued with advanced coursework at University of Illinois.

Early in his teaching career, Russ taught high school biology at Larkin High School (Elgin, IL). Subsequently, he was hired as a Horticulture/ Biology Teacher at Lakewood High School. In addition to full-time teaching, Russ taught evening university biology courses at The Ohio State University- Lakewood branch, and at Cleveland State University. Upon his retirement in 1994, Russ enjoyed time with family, travel, and farming.

Russ is cherished as a family man; a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was a faithful member of the Avon Lake Presbyterian Church. Often, Russ shared his knowledge, interest, and enthusiasm of the outdoors: farming, trees (identifying, grafting, cultivating), hunting, family vacations, and sports. Russ was honored to be inducted to the Avon Lake Sports Hall-of-Fame. He thoroughly enjoyed family reunions and ALHS 1954 class reunions. Russ served on the Avon Lake Tree Commission.

Russ will be greatly missed by his beloved wife of 61 years, Joan (nee Storts) Beck; daughter Cynthia McMahan (Grady), sons Russell Jr., Roger (Marcia), Douglas (Mimmi); loving grandchildren Justin (Julia), Kirk (Caitlin), Dirk (Shreeya), Wolfgang (Tazim), Tova, Emma, Bronté, Kai; great-grandchildren Forest, Kenton.

Russell, the youngest of his siblings, was preceded in death by: parents Carl and Viola Beck; sisters Lillie Terry, Elaine Valentin, Arlene Beck, Elsie Stegman, and brother Carl Beck Jr.

A Celebration of Life gathering will be announced at a later date.
Interment: Resthaven Memorial Gardens, Avon, Ohio

Memorial contributions, if desired:
Avon Lake Presbyterian Church: 32340 Electric Blvd, Avon Lake, OH 44012.
Avon Lake Tree Commission: Checks: Friends of the Park Tree Program- Russ Beck. Address: Avon Lake City Hall, c/o Avon Lake Tree Commission- Russ Beck, 150 Avon-Belden Rd., Avon Lake, OH 44012. 440.933.3202

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Suggested Memorial Donations

  • Avon Lake Presbyterian Church
    32340 Electric Blvd.
    Avon Lake, OH 44012
  • Avon Lake Tree Commission: Checks: Friends of the Park Tree Program- Russ Beck
    Avon Lake City Hall, c/o Avon Lake Tree Commission- Russ Beck
    150 Avon-Belden Rd.
    Avon Lake, OH 44012

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Avon Lake, OH 44012
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