Frederick Jansen Beck

Frederick Jansen Beck, 97, passed away February 22, 2018. He was born July 4, 1920 in Wood County Texas near Concord on his grandmother, May Chaney’s farm. He was the son of Fred Beck and Minnie Gipson Chaney Beck. As a young boy, the family moved to Houston, where his father worked at the Hughes Tool Company (Hughes-Sharp Tool Co.). After numerous moves from Wood County to Brooklyn, NY and to Cooper, TX and to New Orleans, LA, the family moved to Houston.

As a young man, Fred worked at a bakery on Navigation Blvd., where he delivered baked good to the Houston Country Club on Wayside Drive. He later worked at Stowers Furniture Company where he worked on radios and record players for about 6 months beginning in 1941. In 1941, he went to work at Hughes Tool Company and worked there until he joined the US Army Air Corps in September of 1942. He was sent to England where he served as a radio operator, flying over England, France and Germany. He was sent home from WW II in December of 1945. While in Paris, he met his future wife, Marie Renee Francoise Théoden, the daughter of a prominent French physician, Dr. Herve Théoden and his wife Katrine Masson Théoden. The family lived in the St. Germaine de Pres area of Paris, summer homes in Brest and St. Tropez. Renee and Frederick married on May 30, 1946 in Houston, Texas. They spent their honeymoon at the Lamar Hotel (next to Foley’s Department Store – both demolished by 2013). Frederick taught himself French and helped his wife learn English.

In 1950 Frederick and Renee built a new home in the Garden Villas Subdivision on Brace Street. Frederick retired from Hughes Tool Company on January 1, 1983 with 41 years of service. He lived in Houston, Texas until around 1986, when they built a beautiful second home near Rockport, on the Lamar Peninsula. Around 1993, they moved back to Houston permanently and sold the Rockport house. He lived at 6780 Brace Street in Garden Villas Subdivision until October of 2013, when he moved to the Trinity Oaks Retirement Community in Pearland, Texas.

He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, Renee and sisters, Barbara Heidemann, Edith Elliott, and brother George T. Beck. He is survived by sisters, Marjorie L. Drew and Kathryn V. Henderson and numerous nieces and nephews in the US and France.

The funeral service will be held at 1:00pm Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel. Interment will follow at South Park Cemetery in Pearland.