Aug. 4 - Harry H. Beck, 62, widely known sportsman, democratic leader and veteran member of the Berrien county Board of supervisors, committed suicide, police say, late Saturday night by shooting himself in the bath room of his home, the charge from a long range single barrelled deer rifle passing through his right temple.
Mr. Beck was alone in the house at the time, Mrs. R.S. Russell, a neighbor, hearing the report of the gun, went to the Beck home and found the body in a pool of blood on the bath room floor.
Mr. Beck had suffered a stroke of paralysis on June 25 and it is believed that fear of a second stroke precipitated the act.
Beck was once of the best known democrats and one of the best campaigners in southwestern Michigan. For seventeen of the last twenty years he had represented Buchanan city and township on the county board of supervisors for the most part by large majorities - a democrat elected year and year from a republican stronghold. At the time of his death he was city supervisor, having been elected when city government was inaugurated here a year ago and reelected to the office last spring.
He was widely known as a bear hunter and all-around sportsman. Each fall at the close of the deer season, he was host to a community bear and deer dinner to which as many as 300 guests were present.
He had long been engaged in the meat and grocery business here and at the time of his death conducted two stores on Front Street.
Mr. Beck, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Beck, early settlers of the section, was born in Buchanan township on a farm northwest of the city. He was educated in the district schools of the township and the village school.
Mr. Beck was a member of the Niles lodge of Elks.
Besides the widow, the following survive: son, Herbert Beck, Buchanan; daughter Mr. Harry Mogford, Flint, Mich.; stepson, Lyle Burrus, Buchanan; sister, Mrs. Cora Parketon, Oronoko township; half brother, Rollo Beck, New York City.
The funeral services will be held at 3 o'clock Wednesday afternoon in the local Evangelical church, with the Rev. W.D. Hayes officiating and burial in Oak Ridge cemetery.
Rosa M. Smith Beck (1874 - 1903)
Hazel A Smith Robeson (1884 - 1953)*
Oak Ridge Cemetery
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