Alfred M. Beck



Alfred M. Beck, known as Fred to those who knew and loved him, died at his home in Medford on Friday, January 18, 2008. Memorial services will be held at the Scottish Rite Temple on North Phoenix Rd., Friday, February 1st, 2008, at 11:00 a.m.



Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Children's Hospital.



Fred was born May 29, 1919, in Bellingham, Wash., to Michael and Edith Beck and moved to the Rogue Valley in the mid 1920s. Following service in the Army Air Corps during World War II, Fred married Elizabeth (Sis) Bittle in 1945. Sis died March 1st of 2007.



Fred was the owner of Beck's Morning Fresh Bakery which baked and delivered products throughout Southern Oregon and Northern California. He was a Scottish Rite 32nd Degree Mason and a Knights Templar of the York Rite. Lodge membership included the Blue Lodge, Royal Arch, Council, Commandry and the Shrine as well as the Medford Elks Club. He helped form and rode with the Shrine Scooter Patrol for many years. He was instrumental in starting the Pear Blossom Festival in Medford in 1953, and served as it's president in 1958. With Sis' help, he gathered a hardy group of Shriners to form the Nomad Motorhome Group.



Fred is survived by his son, Alfred M. Beck II (Fritz) and his wife, Carolyn, of Salem; daughter, Betsy and her husband, Air Force retired Colonel, Bob Pond, of Schertz, Texas; sister, D'Ann Note, of Las Vegas, Nev.; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.



His sister, LaMurle Reinking preceded him in death.



Fred and Sis were children of the Great Depression and members of the "Greatest Generation," who worked hard and helped build a secure and prosperous America. His wit and wisdom accompanied him throughout his life, as did his love for his family, friends, community, and this beautiful valley.



Arrangememts are by The Conger Morris Central Chapel.