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John L. Beck

John L. Beck, 89, of Park Ave., Carrollton died unexpectedly Friday morning, April 20, 2012, in Aultman Hospital, Canton.

Born Jan. 5, 1923, in Oxford, WV, he was the son of the late Edward and Lula Martin Beck.

He was a graduate of Pullman West Virginia High School and was an Army veteran of WWII serving in the European Theater of war.

He was a 1949 graduate of West Virginia University where he received his master's degree in Education in 1950.  He then completed additional studies at Kent State University.

His teaching career began at Glenford School in Perry County.  He moved to Carrollton in 1951 where he served as a teacher, coach, and administrator for over a 26-year period.  He became assistant superintendent of schools in 1967 and was named superintendent in 1973, a position he held until 1977.  He taught one year at Buckeye Joint Vocational School (now Buckeye Career Center) and finished his career with the Ohio Department of Education as one of the original coordinators of the Pre-Service School Bus Driver Education program.

He was a member of several professional organizations and served four years as district director of the Ohio Retired Teachers Association.  He was an active member of Carrollton First United Methodist Church, serving at local, district and conference levels.

He is survived by his wife the former, Phyllis Bachmann, whom he married Aug. 27, 1950; two daughters, Luanna Beck of Winston-Salem, NC, and Karen Beck of Minerva; a brother, Gordie Beck of Clarington; and a sister, Mae Dulaney of Waynesboro, VA.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Arden, James and Kermit.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 24 at 11 a.m. in Carrollton First United Methodist Church with Rev. Dan Loomis officiating.  Burial will be in Westview Cemetery in Carrollton where full military honors will be provided.  Visitation will be Monday from 6-8 p.m. at the church.  Memorial donations may be made in John's name to the Carrollton First United Methodist Church or the Bell-Herron Scholarship Foundation.

Services are under the care and guidance of Sweeney-Dodds Funeral Home of Carrollton.


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