STEVE BECK - ObituarySteve Beck


Stephen "Steve" F. Beck, age 67, of Lansing, Michigan and Bethlehem, New Hampshire, passed away on Thursday, February 13, 2014, under the loving care of his wife, family members, and close friends.

Steve was born on November 27, 1946 in Littleton, New Hampshire, the son of John and Elizabeth (Jacob) Beck, and they preceded him in death. Steve's soul belonged to the State of New Hampshire and the landscapes there. He was an avid skier in his younger years and after graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a Major in Sculpture and Photography, he taught skiing for a period of time. Steve came to Lansing in 1975 to teach Photography at Lansing Community College, where he taught for 33 years. He also served on the Board of Directors at The Littleton Studio School. Steve was held in the highest regard and with affection by his students. He was supportive and inspirational as a professor and as a friend long after their graduation.

Steve and his beloved wife of 30 years, Dory (Doris Harris), were married on the Gale River in New Hampshire on August 26, 1983. They marked their anniversary there every summer with a picnic and champagne. Steve had many passions beyond photography. He enjoyed woodworking, and loved fly fishing. A favorite pastime was tying flies and wading the scenic rivers and streams of New Hampshire. Steve was known to friends and family as a gourmet cook. He also enjoyed music, especially the Blues, and was a talented guitar player.

In addition to his wife, Dory, Steve leaves behind his beloved afghan hounds, Sylvie, Sophie, and Cisco, his brother, Norman (Tammy) Beck, sister-in-law and her husband, Carolyn and Merrill Keim, brother-in-law James Harris, sister-in-law Darlene Harris, god-daughters Ilze and Emma Kalnaraups, as well as many other nieces and nephews, and a host of close friends, especially John Rocco.

Memorial contributions can be made to The Capital Area Humane Society, The Littleton Studio School Scholarship Fund, The American Cancer Society, or the charity of your choice.

Friends and family are planning a memorial celebration of Steve's life on May 17, 2014 from 1pm-4pm with a tribute to Steve at 2pm, at the studio of Kim Kauffman Photography at 712 Terminal Road, in Lansing.

Directions to Kim Kauffman Photography

- If you're coming East or West into Lansing, take I-496 into Lansing.
- Take Exit 5 for Martin Luther King Blvd. Turn North onto Martin Luther King Blvd.
- After you cross Grand River Ave., go over the railroad tracks.
- Terminal Road will be the second street on your right after you cross the railroad tracks. (1st street is Filley)
- Turn right onto Terminal Road and follow all the way to the end.

Else, put the address in Google Maps or Mapquest, and.....GO!

If you have trouble finding it, call Kim Kauffman at (517)321-6266