Russell Clifford Beck, Sr., known to friends and family as Cliff, was born on October 29, 1913 in Aubrey, Texas.
Mr. Beck was raised in Oklahoma. He married Lena Horst in 1935 in Butler, Oklahoma. In 1937, he and his wife moved to Lodi, where he farmed grapes and then worked in the Stockton Shipyard during World War II from 1942-45. He was later employed as a machinist for Super Mold for 26 years until his retirement in 1975.
Following his retirement, he worked for Castamagna Farms hauling grapes and walnuts until1998. He was a 50-year veteran of the International Machinist Union Lodge No. 1528 and the Carpenters Union. He was also a member of Odd Fellows Lodge No. 259, Toastmasters, and was an assistant Boy Scout master for troop No. 29.
Clifford Beck was a supporter of Heifer International, and served as a Heifer Cowboy, delivering goats to Mexico. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, where he served as a head usher and was active in the United Methodist Men's group. He enjoyed his garden and flowers. He especially enjoyed spending time at family gatherings.
Russell Clifford Beck, Sr. passed away on April 11, 2005 at age 91.