Patrick “Pat” Arnold Beck age 63 of Priest River, Idaho, formerly of Millbury, Ohio, was called home to the Lord on Monday, April 10, 2017 after an 18-month battle with pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer. He was born on September 4,1953 in Toledo, Ohio and grew up in Erie, Michigan. On October 13, 1978, he married Mary Wilson of Lemoyne, Ohio.
Pat graduated from Monroe Catholic Central High School in 1971, and went on to receive a Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Eastern Michigan University. Pat decided to change career paths and became a registered nurse, graduating from Owens Community College in 1984. Pat dedicated nearly thirty years of his life to helping others as an Emergency Room Nurse at St. Charles Hospital. He was consistently recognized by hospital staff, administrators, and patients for his compassionate care and incredible work ethic. He also received two awards from the Safety Council of Northwest Ohio, including the Good Samaritan Award in 2002 for assisting in a full cardiac arrest, and the Award of Heroism for his rescue efforts after the Millbury tornado in June 2010.
He retired in 2014 and moved with his wife to their dream home in the Idaho panhandle. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, trapping, fishing, and hiking. Pat had a green thumb and nurtured a beautiful garden and orchard throughout his life. Pat was also a devoted Christian who most recently attended North Summit Church in Sandpoint, Idaho.
Pat is survived by his loving wife, Mary of Priest River, ID; his three children, Matthew of Grand Rapids, MI, Heather Parry (Stephen) of Seattle, WA, and Michael of Los Angeles, CA; his parents, Theodore and Georgetta Beck of Erie, MI; his seven siblings, Tim (Elena), Mark (Sarah Lee), Carol, Bernadette, Therese, Mary Dubosh (John), and Bonnie LaVoy (Mickey) and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life service will take place in Idaho in July. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to The Healing Net Foundation (thehealingnet.org) in memory of Pat. The Healing Net educates medical professionals about this rare form of pancreatic cancer.
The Blade, Toledo, Ohio, April 14, 2017
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