Philip J Beck, of Antigo, died Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, at home. He was 77 years old. He was born on April 14, 1943, in Mattoon, a son of John and Barbara (Fischer) Beck. He married Marjorie Fischer on June 7, 1975, at St Mary Catholic Church, Antigo. She survives.
He graduated from Mattoon High School in 1961 and received training to become a teacher at Langlade County Teachers College. He received his bachelor’s degree in education from the UW-Stevens Point in 1968.
He began his teaching career 1963 at Elcho Junior High and remained there until 1968 when he began a 30-year teaching career at the Antigo Middle School. Phil retired in 1998.
He served the community as city of Antigo Alderman from 1991-97 and was a supervisor on the Langlade County Board for seven years.
He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church where he served as lay minister of music and the altar. Later, as a member of St. John Catholic Church, Phil sang in the choir, was a lector and distributed communion.
He was a member of the Wisconsin Education Association Council, the National Education Association, Langlade County Area Retired Education Association and Wisconsin Retired Education Association, the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks Lodge 662, Antigo, and the Msgr. Conrad Saile Knights of Columbus Council 1002, where he served as grand knight.
His family was important to him, and following the activities of his sons and grandchildren were the highlight of his day.
Survivors including his wife are two sons, Thomas “TJ” (Keri) Beck, Antigo, and Michael (Stacy) Beck, Antigo; five grandchildren, Makala, Emma, Krista, Simon and Lindsey Beck; two sisters, Jeanne Pecha, Antigo, and Carolyn “Lynn” (Arvid) Evansvold, Phoenix, Ariz.; and two sisters-in-law, Caroline Beck, Antigo, and Audrey Beck, Cottage Grove, Minn.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Edna (Joseph) Zwirschitz and Bernice (Raymond) Kirsch; four brothers, Harold Beck, Sylvester (Bernadine) Beck, Clement (Shirley) Beck and Norbert Beck; a brother-in-law, James Pecha; and his stepfather, Rudy Mondl.
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John Catholic Church with Rev. James Baraniak, O.Praem., officiating. Burial will take place in Elmwood Cemetery.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Bradley Funeral Home and Wednesday from 9-10 a.m. at the funeral home. A parish wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, also at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. John Catholic Church or All Saints Catholic School, 415 Sixth Ave. Antigo, WI 54409.
Online condolences may be made at www.bradleyfh.com.