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“I am so sad to hear of Linda's passing! She was a very special lady whom I chatted with frequently on Facebook! Our condolences to Frank, Todd,...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Ron Nikodym - Shawnee, KS

“Frank and Todd, our thoughts and prayers are with you. We will certainly miss Linda next Thanksgiving at Brads. We cherish memories of her great...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Tucker and Bev HUDSON - Howes, SD

“Rest in peace dear friend.you will be greatly missed. ”
3 of 14 | Posted by: Gloria SERR ROHNER - Buffalo, WY

“Dear Todd and family, My deepest sympathy to you and all your family. I so enjoyed visiting with your Mom when I worked in Gregory. She was always so...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Glenn Sealey - Colome, SD

“So sorry for your loss. Linda was one of the nicest, most gentle person I had the privalige of knowing. Prayers to the family. Stay strong Todd. ”
5 of 14 | Posted by: Nancy Benter - Burke, SD - Friend

“So sorry to hear of Linda's passing. She was such a great lady and past neighbor. ”
6 of 14 | Posted by: Teresa Lanz - Lincoln - Friend

“So sorry to all of you for your loss of Linda. She was a very kind sweet person. I enjoyed visiting with her in stores when she came to town. She...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Joyce Shavlik - Gregory, SD

“Linda brought the best chocolate cake to potlucks with a piece missing from the middle, which I was told was for Frank. She will be greatly missed....Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Linda Stolcpart - Springview, NE

“Linda was such a lovely lady. She always had a smile and a friendly hello. Our condolences to her family. ”
9 of 14 | Posted by: Patty Barstow - Springview, NE

“So shocked to read this on the funeral website.May He who knows your sorrow bring peace, comfort, and healing to your soul.Connie Musilek and Dale...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Connie and Dale Musilek/Starks - AZ

“Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bearJust know that you are very close in every thought and prayer. You are in our prayers....Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: Dixie Worth - Springview, NE

“To Frank and family, my heart goes out to you in this time. Please celebrate all the love and good times. Prayer for you and Linda. RIP, fine ...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Annette (Brown) Bell - Strasburg, CO

“She will be missed. ”
13 of 14 | Posted by: Vern and Jo Brown - Bassett, NE

“Linda, Little did I know when you came into the bakery last week, that would be the last time that we would be together for awhile. I will always...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: alice miner - gregory, SD


Linda Lou (Rowan) Beck was born October 28, 1943, in Gregory, SD, to Glendon and Keithia (Hosack) Rowan. Linda grew up in rural Mills for all but one year in Osceola, NE. She attended Knapp School half a mile from her home where she would ride her bicycle to play with her best friends Lois and Norma Schrader. She helped her mom in the garden and helped out on the family farm. Linda attended Keya Paha High School.
 
Linda worked as a nurse's aide at the Burke Hospital before she married Frank Beck on October 22, 1961, in the Gregory Methodist Church. They made their first home in Burton, NE and later near Dallas, SD. With two children, Todd and Pam, Linda devoted herself to her family and helping on the farm. It was then that Linda's love for the church was ignited, traveling from South Dakota to the Mills Church nearly every Sunday. The family moved back to the Mills area for the last 50 years where Linda was known for her cooking and baking skills. She fed a lot of help over the years and showed her love for others through cooking.
 
Linda wore her love for her church on her sleeve. She was the first to arrive most Sundays to help make the coffee, arguably to make sure the coffee wasn't made too strong, but mostly because she didn't know how NOT to leave the house early.
 
Linda was baptized for the first time on June 16, 2013, in the Keya Paha River when she felt the calling. "She didn't want to do it, but for Linda it was a step of obedience," said the Rev. Kenley Udd, pastor at the Mills Church.

Linda passed away on Monday, April 2, 2018, at home at the age of 74 years.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents, Glendon and Keithia; father-in-law Emmett Beck; and sister-in-law Mavis Rowan.
 
She is survived by her husband, Frank of Mills, NE; mother-in-law Shirley Beck of Winner, SD; brother Harlan Rowan of Clarks, NE; son Todd Beck of Mills, NE; daughter Pamela Reber (Gary) of Lincoln, NE; grandchildren Andy Beck of Savannah, GA; Callie Beck (Joe DeCrane) of Watertown, SD; Jamie Benedict of Brookings, SD; Rowan Taylor of Lincoln, NE; Tyler Beck of Mills, NE; Ellen Reber (Matt Goeser) of Denver, CO; Will Reber of New York, NY; and six great-grandchildren.
 
Linda spent her life caring for her family and took great pride in doing so. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy. She was sad for the people she left behind, but she was at peace for whenever her time came.

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Funeral services for Linda Beck, 74, of Mills, NE, were held Saturday, April 7, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at the Mills Community Church in Mills with Pastor Kenley Udd officiating. A prayer service was held Friday evening at Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home in Gregory.

Julie Udd and Lois Erikson were in charge of registration.

Music was provided by Steve Swanson, pianist. Congregational hymns were "Until Then" and "In Christ Alone." Special music by Kenley Udd, Steve Swanson, and Geoff Smith singing "Because He Lives," "In the Garden," and "Look for Me at Jesus' Feet." Piano Recessional was "Majesty."

Eulogies were given by grandson Andrew Beck and family friend Doug Shepperd.

Flower attendants were Mary Swanson and Cindy Connell.

Casket Bearers were Mitch Philben, Tom Stephen, Mike Stephen, Brent Rowan, Heath Hitchcock, Austin Cook and Chandler Cook.

Honorary Casket Bearers were all of Linda's grandchildren.

Burial was in the Olive Branch Cemetery, Mills, NE.

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Miss Me But Let Me Go

When I come to the end of the road
and the sun has set for me.
I want no rites in a gloom filled room,
why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little, but not too long,
and not with your head bowed low.
Remember the love that was once shared,
Miss me, but let me go.
For this is a journey we all must take
and each must go alone.
It's all a part of the Master's plan,
a step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick of heart
go to the friends we know,
And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds,
Miss me, but let me go.