Howard R. Beck

September 13, 1933 - September 30, 2023

Howard Rimel Beck, 90, of 412 Marble Valley Rd., died peacefully on Saturday (September 30, 2023) in his home, surrounded by loved ones.

Born September 13, 1933 in this same home, he was a son of the late Harry Thomas and Myrtle (Rimel) Beck. Howard graduated from Churchville High School in 1950, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1954. He was a livestock grader and a lifelong farmer, the third generation to operate the family farm, formerly known as Creek Run Farm. He was pleased to share his love of farming with his family - his son Todd and grandson Garrett are the fourth and fifth generations now managing the farm.

Howard was a U. S. Army veteran, and was a faithful member and trustee of West Augusta United Methodist Church. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.

On September 5, 1959 he married the former Peggy Phillips, who survives, along with their three sons, Todd R. Beck (Michelle) of Staunton, Tracey P. Beck (Kathy) of Lake Forest, Illinois, and Trent H. Beck (Laurie) of Hector, New York; a sister, Mary Frances Carr (Murray) of Fairfax; grandchildren Garrett Beck (Bree), Sidney Beck, Lauren Beck and Alexandra Beck; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Howard was preceded in death by two brothers, John T. Beck (Marie) and Richard C. Beck (Polly).

A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, October 5 in Rocky Spring Presbyterian Church Cemetery, officiated by Rev. Mark Reuter.

The family will receive friends at the residence.

Memorials may be directed to Augusta Health Hospice of the Shenandoah, c/o Augusta Health Foundation, PO Box 1000, Fishersville, VA 22939; or to West Augusta United Methodist Church, c/o Bonnie Ralston, 3441 Deerfield Valley Rd., Deerfield, VA 24432.

Bear Funeral Home is serving the family. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at