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Former superintendent of Hempt Farms dies

03:49 PM 28 Nov 2018 NZDT
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HARRISBURG PA - Steven C. Beck, former superintendent of Hempt Farms, the "Home of the Keystones" of the late Hall of Famer Max C. Hempt, passed away on October 30 at the age of 74.

Born in Freeport IL, Beck went into the military service of the country soon after high school. While with the Navy, he was stationed in, among other places, Cuba and Panama when they were international "hot spots." He ended his military service attached to a Marine battalion deployed in Vietnam.

In 1968 Beck went to work at Hempt Farms and spent almost a quarter of a century at the Mechanicsburg PA nursery. He rose through the management ranks there until retiring as Farm Superintendent in 1992.

He met his wife Betty Ann Hobbs, known as Ann, in 1971, and they were married a year later. After Beck left Hempt, he and Ann established the small breeding operation Anchor Farm in Carlisle PA until full retirement in 2006. They were living in Mechanicsburg at the time of Beck's passing.

Besides Ann, Steve Beck leaves behind twin sons Craig and Jeff, along with six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Barbara Bacus.

Beck was interred on November 14 at West Branch Cemetery in Haldane IL.


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