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Gilman Beck


** Gil's memorial service can be live streamed at  https://www.ebenezerflc.org/live-streaming/ 


Gilman H. Beck, 85, of Northwood, ND passed away Friday, May 1, 2020 at his home in Northwood. A memorial service will be held Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Ebenezer Free Lutheran Church in Northwood. A visitation will be held from 12:00 until the time of the service at the church. Due to COVID-19, social distancing and mask wearing is recommended.

Gilman was born September 15, 1934 to John T. and Minnie (Olson) Beck on a farm in Steele County, between Portland, ND and Hatton, ND. He graduated from Portland High School in 1953. Gilman enlisted in the United States Army and served from 1954 to 1956.

Gil worked at various jobs after being discharged from the Army and in 1957, he started working at the N.D. Mill and Elevator. He went on to manage grain elevators at Grand Forks, ND, Oslo, MN, and Northwood for 40 years. On December 30, 1960, Gilman married Betty Halstensgaard of Gary, Minnesota.

He was a Lions Member at Oslo and Northwood for 40 years. Gilman was a recipient of the Lions Club Melvin Jones Award. He was also a member of many other organizations.

Gil was a member of the Northwood American Legion Post 92 and the Northwood VFW Post 2707.

He was an EMT and a member of the Northwood Ambulance squad and is still a member. Gil was also a Hospice volunteer for Altru Hospital and Hospice of the Red River Valley. He was a part time employee of Bilden-Askew Funeral Home in Northwood and the U.S. government as an enumerator with N.A.S.D.A.

Survivors include his wife, Betty; two daughters: Julie (Darius) Schneibel, Fargo, ND; Wendy (Don) Wolfe, Fargo, ND; grandchildren: Danielle (Matt) Roller, Dexter (Sabrina) Schneibel, Jenna (Jacob) Longlet, Jill Schneibel, Kyle Aune, Alyssa (Dikwan McKinzie) Aune, Katelynn Blatchford and Allison Blatchford; nine great-grandchildren; sister, Shirley Beck, Portland, ND; sisters-in-law, Roma Beck, Mayville, ND; Joyce Beck, Fargo, ND; and Darlene Beck, Fargo, ND; brother in law, George Brustad, Mayville, ND; Also surviving are many nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death was his son, Terry Beck; granddaughter, Lindsay Blatchford, nine brothers: Marvin, Tilman, Joseph, Ernest, Carl, David, Einar, Thomas, and John Jr.; three sisters: Clara Johnson, Blanche Amundson, and Nathalie (Becky) Brustad; and several brothers and sisters-in-law.

Link for Gil's Graveside Service: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JC3dHjG4BVo

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My deepest sympathies and prayers of comfort for the temporary loss of such a great man, husband and father to Betty, Julie, Wendy and family. And to his many friends.
I have so many awesome memories of Gil, his laugh, his kindness, his patience and his way of listening and sharing of his faith and wisdom. He was a great friend to my mom and dad (Loren and Kirsti Fevig) and to our family. I am so comforted to know he is finally reunited with Terry and all the family and friends who are in heaven. What an awesome reunion that must be!
My favorite memories of Gil was the many hours of pulling Terry and I around Tulaby Lake on water skis, the fishing trips and opening fishing breakfasts at his cabin. I will never forget the time he gave Terry and I a haircut, which was supposed to be a trim but ended up being a complete shave to the scalp. He laughed and said we would thank him for all the girls that would be chasing us because of our haircuts.
Congratulations Gilman Beck for your enduring until the end with your faith and many gifts of love and service. You have been awarded the crown of life and we will all miss you until we meet again.

Jonathan Fevig Jul 15 2020 12:00 AM

Gilman was a great employer, community member, and friend. He will be missed by all that knew him.

Kevin Jacobson May 10 2020 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear of Gilmans passing. Our world was a better place with him here. He was one of the kindest people ever and loved by many. I always loved my visits with him and am blessed to have known him. Its comforting to know that him and Terry are together again. My thoughts and prayers are with you Betty and your family.

Susie Sondreal May 9 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. I met Mr. Beck when my dad passed away. I was at the funeral home by myself and having a difficult time when he came over and offered to help and talked to me. So kind and caring I have never forgotten it. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Lori Stallard

Lori Stallard May 9 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear about Gilmans passing. He was a wonderful man. Williams family.

Tom Williams May 8 2020 12:00 AM

Im sorry to hear of Gils passing. His son Terry and I were classmates at UND and started work together at Sperry in Phoenix.

Larry Gronhovd May 7 2020 12:00 AM

I offer my deepest condolences to Betty, Julie, Wendy, and the rest of Gilman's family. I was profoundly saddened to hear of Gilman's passing. But the sadness was tempered with the joy of knowing that Gilman and his son Terry have been reunited in heaven. Gilman is now in the presence of our Heavenly Father where there is no pain, no suffering, and only eternal light.
I am at a loss for words as to how to sum up the life of someone who had such a positive influence on so many lives, including my own. When I was growing up, Gilman was like a second father to me, and trips to the lake cabin with the Beck family were some of the happiest memories of my childhood.
In my mind, I can still hear Gilman singing in the kitchen, making breakfast on Sunday morning at the cabin. I remember how patient he was with his children and invited guests such as myself even though we were often loud and boisterous. He always had a good attitude.
Gilman was a good husband, a good father, and a good friend. He gave of himself to his community and he treasured his family. He was a good man and the world needs a lot more Gilmans in it.
Through my tears I feel a profound gratitude at having had the privilege of having Gilman in my life. I thank God that He put Gilman in this world because the world was a better place for it and I know that I am a better person for having known Gilman. Rest In Peace Gilman. I hope that you and Terry have taken the boat out to do some heavenly fishing and some catching up after all these years. Until we meet again, keep watch over us.

Julie (Gerszewski) Cameron May 4 2020 12:00 AM

We were so sorry to hear of Gill's passing. Kind hearted and community mind, Gill leaves a legacy to inspire us all. We count ourselves fortunate to have known him.

Chuck & Michelle Dahlstrom May 3 2020 12:00 AM

I am so sorry for the loss of Gilman, what a gift he was to all that knew him. His smile, kindness and care towards others made an impression on everyone he met. He will be greatly missed by many, my thoughts, prayers and heart goes out to all his family & friends.

Jan Grefsheim-Larson-Sponsler May 3 2020 12:00 AM

It is hard to emagin not seeing our dear friend Gilman around Northwood . Him and Betty were one of the first older couples we met when moving to Nothhwood 23 years ago after being driven out of Grand Forks by the flood. Himself and Betty were very welcoming and very kind to new comers. It was a pleasure to serve with him as a fellow Legion Brother also to sit with him on Community Commercial Club. and to know him as the best Santa Claus Northwood has ever had or will have for the children. His out streached hand for a shake and his smile will be sorely missed by by us and all of Northwood and North Dakota. Our deepest sympathy goes out to Betty and the rest of Gilman's Family. God bless and keep you all. Our Love, Joe and Fran Adams, Northwood, ND

Joe and Fran Adams May 2 2020 12:00 AM

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