Kenneth LaMar Beck (1939 — 2022)

Kenneth LaMar Beck, age 83, of Montpelier, Ohio, passed away at 6:36 p.m. on Monday, July 18, 2022, in his home. Mr. Beck attended elementary school in Edgerton, Ohio, and after moving to Bryan, Ohio, with his family attended junior high there and later graduated from Bryan High School in 1957. In 1955, while still in high school, he joined the Army Reserves and after graduation served active duty at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and spent his summer camps at Fort Belvoir in Virginia or Fort Indiantown Gap in Pennsylvania. He retired with the rank of staff sergeant in 1963. He attended Bowling Green State University from 1961-1975, graduating with three degrees in education, a Bachelor of Science in elementary education, a master’s in administration and a specialist in administration, along with doctoral studies. His teaching career spanned 39 years, at Ney Elementary School from 1964-67 and at Montpelier Exempted Village Schools, from 1967 until his retirement in 1999, where he taught the gifted program. During his career he also served as drama coach, Chess Club advisor, Young Astronaut Club advisor, advisor to quiz bowl teams and coach of basketball, football and track. He then continued to substitute teach in retirement. After moving to Bryan, he became a faithful member of Evangelical United Brethren Church, which later became Faith United Methodist Church, where he taught Sunday School and Bible School and served as the church historian, chairperson of the church council and on the pastor-parish committee. He was also active with the church’s men’s group.

During Ken’s education career, he was active in many ways, serving several terms as president of the Montpelier Education Association as well as chief negotiator, association representative to Uniserv Council and as political representative for the local association. He served as chair of the Uniserv Council, representing local associations, and served as president of the 8,000-plus member Northwest Ohio Education Association, as well as on all of its committees. He served on the Ohio Education Association executive committee and as local delegate to the district, state and national education associations. He also served as chair of the Social Studies Department in Montpelier and was a member of the PTA and wrote a column in the Leader Enterprise relating to education.

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