Robert L. Beck Sr, 82, died Sunday, April 3, surrounded by his family.
Robert grew up in Bridgeport, Alabama but has called Chattanooga home for the past 52 years. Robert was a graduate of Covenant College and retired from the Tennessee Valley Authority after 34 years. He began his career at TVA as the first hired abstractor in the Lands Department and ended his career as a postal services supervisor.
Robert developed a love for trains as a young boy, spending his time at the train depot in Bridgeport. He became a member of the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum and helped restore locomotives, purchase equipment, and promote the museum and its mission. He was a Chartered Engineer and loved running steam and diesel engines for TVRM. Some of the fondest memories of his children were spending time with him on the engines, shoveling coal and whistling. Robert served on the Board of Directors and served as Treasurer for many years.
Robert loved being on the water with his family and friends. He taught countless people to water ski and was quite a crafty skier. He was always seen skiing with children on his shoulders. Robert was “the man” when it came to tube rides! Many screams, laughs, scratches, bruises or loose teeth could be attributed to these rides!
Above all, Robert loved his family. Mary, his devoted wife of 53 years, was his constant companion and guardian. They loved watching Alabama football, working in the yard, playing cards, vacationing with friends, and spending time with their adorable dog, Annie. Robert has always been his children’s biggest fan! He never missed their matches, programs or events. His rallying cry “Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey” could still be heard. He will miss his daughters, Kim (John) Sisk and Susan (fiancé Gary Baily) Davis, and his son, Robert “Bobby” (Andrea) Beck so much and are happy to have many fun, crazy and sweet memories of him that they can share with his grandchildren. Grandpops loved his grandchildren and loved to brag about them to everyone who listened. Oliva and Caroline Sisk, Finch, Wils and Hunter Davis, Hardin, Wesley and Avery Beck will miss him so much! They promise to continue his shenanigans and love of fireworks to the best of their abilities.
Robert is survived by his sister Ernestine Raulston and his brother David (Korean) Beck as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his parents, John Bedford Beck, Sr; and Velma Parton Beck, and two brothers, John Bedford Beck, Jr and Tom Beck.
The family will receive friends Saturday, April 30 at the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Hixson, from 1 to 3 p.m. EDT, with a celebration of life immediately following the visitation.
Arrangements are in the care of the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson. Please share your thoughts and memories on www.chattanooganorthchapel.com