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“Bev, Bob, & Family,We can tell by all the wonderful postings that Kolby was very special. Please know that all of us in St. Louis are thinking of...Read More »
1 of 28 | Posted by: Patricia Craig - St. Louis, MO

“I am so sorry for your loss and pray that Kolby rests in peace & that God comforts your family! I didn't know Kolby personally but from reading the...Read More »
2 of 28 | Posted by: Ron Nikodym - Shawnee, KS

“Thoughts..prayers..hugs-n-kisses...so very sorry for your loss..he will rest in peace and watch over you from heaven. God has glorious plans for him ...Read More »
3 of 28 | Posted by: Sonja Clary - Mayfield, NY

“In this life we never know when the end will come and we never know why things happen, but when we have faith we will always know that we will meet...Read More »
4 of 28 | Posted by: danta simonsen - Hartselle, AL

“I very sorry on hearing about the loss of your son. I will pray for your family. ”
5 of 28 | Posted by: Thomas Peterson - Houston, TX

“We are so saddened to hear of the loss of Kolby - a life so young with so much yet to give to this world has been taken way too early and it's beyond...Read More »
6 of 28 | Posted by: Travis and Jill Johnson Josie- Hadlie- Paisley- Camie - SD

“Colby's family are in our thoughts and prayers, our hearts go out to them , we can relate. May Colby shine in his special place among the angels. ”
7 of 28 | Posted by: Ben and Vicki Fischer - Millboro, SD

“Our condolences in your time of sorrow. Your son is with the Heavenly Father and angels now. ”
8 of 28 | Posted by: Heidi, Tobias and Eliana Musilek - AZ

“May God wrap His arms around the family and bring them comfort.Kolby always had a smile, greeting and a hug, that will be greatly missed.Kolby is one...Read More »
9 of 28 | Posted by: Chris Jones - Gregory, SD

Kolby at Puddleducks “I am so sadden to hear about Kolby`s passing. I always enjoyed seeing him come into the store. The first time I met Kolby was a time that his mom...Read More »
10 of 28 | Posted by: April Turnbull - Platte, SD

Kolby at Puddleducks “I am so sadden to hear about Kolby`s passing. I always enjoyed seeing him come into the store. The first time I met Kolby was a time that his mom...Read More »
11 of 28 | Posted by: April Turnbull - Platte, SD

“Kolby always had a smile, greeting and a hug for you. He will live on forever in our hearts. Prayers going up for his family and friends. ”
12 of 28 | Posted by: Chris Jones - Gregory, SD

“Spending time with Kolby meant you needed to be prepared to answer a million and one questions, but you never doubted for a minute that he was...Read More »
13 of 28 | Posted by: Edward and Annie Dostal - Gregory, SD

“To the Beck Family, We are very saddened to hear of your loss. No words can express our sympathy enough. To lose a child is one of the most painful...Read More »
14 of 28 | Posted by: Connie Musilek - Avondale, AZ

“I am so sorry. Wishing your family comfort and peace. ”
15 of 28 | Posted by: Wanda Brown - Washington, DC

“Kolby had won Rick and my heart when we worked for the school he was a very loving and caring soul when we attend church he asked how my ankel and...Read More »
16 of 28 | Posted by: lorna whiting - Gregory, SD

“So terribly sorry for the loss of such a vibrant boy. I cannot imagine the thoughts and feelings you are experiencing. Thank God for the promise of...Read More »
17 of 28 | Posted by: James Van Oort - Mitchell, SD

“God called home an angel. Thoughts and prayers for the Beck family, prayers from the Baldwin family ”
18 of 28 | Posted by: Loren and Christina Baldwin - NE

“Bob, Bev and Family We are so sorry for your loss , we are sending our love to help give you strength. ”
19 of 28 | Posted by: Rick & Sandy Clary - BOX ELDER, SD

“Bob, Bev & family...we are sad with you at the passing of your precious son, brother, grandson and friend. We are rejoicing that Kolby trusted Jesus...Read More »
20 of 28 | Posted by: Debbie and Glenn Johnson - NE

“We are sending our condolences to you and your family. May all the memories you have bring you some comfort in time. We love you and you are all in...Read More »
21 of 28 | Posted by: Sheila and Doug Kuhfahl - Elkhorn, NE

“Words can not express the sorrow that I feel in my heart for all of you. May God wrap his loving arms around you and bring you peace. Kolby was quite...Read More »
22 of 28 | Posted by: Greg and Lori Haukaas - Winner, SD

“To the family of Kolby Beck. He was one of my special customers on the Schwans route. I got to know him that short while. I loved how he had to...Read More »
23 of 28 | Posted by: Jackie Wonnenberg - Winner, SD

“Bob, Bev, Joe, and BaileyI cannot fathom how you all must be feeling and am so saddened by your loss. We have been praying for comfort and peace for...Read More »
24 of 28 | Posted by: Jenifer Hoeft - Hawley, MN

“May our lord bless and comfort your family in this time of grief. Please accept our condolences. ”
25 of 28 | Posted by: Charles Rigdon - Columbus, MS

“God bless you and your family. May God's strength be with you through this time and the years to come. He must of needed another angle. Love from...Read More »
26 of 28 | Posted by: Annette (Brown) Bell - Strasburg, CO

“Our thoughts and prayers for the family! May God grant you a peace that passes all understanding--Your friends in Oklahoma have you in our hearts! ”
27 of 28 | Posted by: David & Pamela Brady - Healdton, OK

“Bev and family, I am so very sorry for your sudden loss. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Love you ”
28 of 28 | Posted by: Stacie Harter - Edgemont, SD


Kolby Mason Beck went to his heavenly home on July 27th, 2017.

Kolby, son of Bob and Bev Beck, was born on May 21, 2005. He lived with his family on their farm southwest of Dallas, South Dakota. From an early age, Kolby demonstrated a love for animals, raising baby chicks and puppies. He had a passion for learning and was looking forward to beginning his 6th grade year in Gregory. His inquisitive nature was fed by his love of science, a desire to understand how machines work and how he could fix them – even the vacuum.

This summer Kolby began helping his parents in the field and proudly learned how to bale making 600 bales in two days. He took on the commitment of planting and tending to his own garden, enjoyed playing the trumpet in band, and recently passed Level 6 in swimming lessons! Kolby's positive attitude and growing responsibility earned him a phone of which he loved using to watch YouTube videos and socializing via Snapchat with his friends and family.

With Kolby's passing we remind ourselves and others that his life is one to be celebrated. His energetic spirit, kind heart, and selfless love for family and friends created memories that will remain forever in our hearts and will forever remind us of what is most important in our lives. Through his involvement in the Awana program at the Berean Church, his family is comforted in knowing that he found salvation through Jesus Christ.

Grateful for having shared his life are his loving parents, Bob and Bev Beck; brother Joe Beck (Erin and Jace); sister Bailey Beck; paternal grandparents Ken and Kathy Beck; maternal grandparents Ray and Sharon Bigelow; and many other uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.

Please feel free to gather with the family for lunch and fellowship at the Gregory Auditorium Community Center following the memorial service hosted by the Berean Church.

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The funeral service for Kolby Beck, 12, of Dallas, SD, was held Tuesday, August 1, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at the Gregory Memorial Auditorium in Gregory, SD with Pastor Frank McMillen officiating.

Music was provided by Sara Klein, pianist. Congregational songs were "In Christ Alone" and Because He Lives." Jared & Katie Opp, Kenley Udd, and Geoff Smith sang "It Is Well with My Soul." Kenley Udd and Geoff Smith sang "I Will Rise."

Ivan Beck read the poem "Look for Me in Rainbows."

A video tribute celebrating Kolby was shown.

Tom & Marcia Laprath, Ron & Darlene Shattuck, Carolee Cavanaugh, and Janice Grenoble were in charge of registration.

Flower attendants were Nicole Swan, Ashley Swan, Abigail Swan, and Amber Swan.

Casket Bearers were Dan Beck, Santana Serr, Mark Braun, Duane Lunne, Henry Schulte, and John King.

Honorary Casket Bearers were Liz Cihak, Bill & Joann Serr, Kelli Schulte, Holly & Clayton Whitney, and Mary Kay Drees.

Interment will be later with a private family service.

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Death is Nothing at All

Death is nothing at all.
I have only slipped away to the next room.
I am I and you are you.
Whatever we were to each other.
That, we still are.

Call me by my old familiar name.
Speak to me in the easy way
which you always used.
Put no difference in your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity nor sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed
at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me.
Let my name be ever the household word
that it always was.
Let it be spoken without effect.
Without the trace of a shadow on it.

Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same that it ever was.
There is absolute unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind
because I am out of sight?

I am but waiting for you.
For an interval.
Somewhere. Very near.
Just around the corner.

All is well.

Henry Scott Holland, author