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Karlynn K. Beck 1959 - 2023
Karlynn K. Beck

CLAFLIN — Karlynn K. Beck, 63, died unexpectedly on Feb. 1, 2023.  She was born June 16, 1959, in Great Bend, Kan., the daughter of Dale and Arlene (Hoffman) Strube. At a young age Karlynn lost her father to cancer and her mother remarried Robert Strube, who raised her and her siblings. Karlynn graduated from Claflin High School in 1977.  

Karlynn began her career as a bookkeeper and secretary for DS&W Well Servicing. She married Fred Beck on Sept. 28, 1981. Together they raised three children in their hometown of Claflin. Karlynn also spent time working for Millers of Claflin. In 1997, her and Fred started their own business, Classic Well Service, which they successfully ran together for 24 years.  

She was a longtime member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, where she was active in the Altar Society and as a Eucharist Minister.  Karlynn had a giving heart, she loved spoiling her kids and especially her grandkids and was present at all their events. Her home was always welcoming with its sights and scents, and you were usually gifted with something when you left. She loved celebrating every holiday, whether it was decorating her home, cooking, or hosting friends and family. Later in life, she enjoyed her girls group outings to celebrate birthdays and special occasions. A natural green thumb, plants and flowers thrived in her care. But her legacy was definitely her family which she loved greatly. 

Survivors include her loving husband of 41 years, Fred Beck; three children, Elisha Engelbrecht and husband Josh of McPherson, Evin Beck and wife Kayla of Auburn, Ala., and Erin Beck and wife Cindy of Great Bend; ten grandchildren, Loghan, Vivian, and Lincoln Engelbrecht, Maddox, Elsa and Emmy Beck, and Luke, Lawson, Laney, and Lexi Beck; her mother, Arlene Strube of Olathe; five siblings, Kim Connell and husband Mark of Claflin, Kevin Strube and wife Cindy of Hays, Kent Strube and wife Shelly of Garden City, Kurt Strube and wife Patty of Olathe, and Kelli Webb and husband Gregg of Independence, Mo.; brothers-in-law, Jerry Beck and wife Christa, and Art Beck and wife Leah; sister-in-law, Bonnie Buehler and husband Jere; 10 nieces, 16 nephews, and 55 great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her fathers, Dale Strube and Robert Strube and her cherished grandmother, Mary Hoffman.

Family will greet friends from 3 to 4 p.m., Sunday at the church with Vigil and Rosary to begin at 4 p.m. Friends may sign the book 9 to 5 p.m. Friday and 8 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m., Monday, Feb. 6, 2023, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, celebrated by Father Terrance Klein. Burial will follow in Pleasant View, Claflin Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Claflin Kids Discovery Center, Holy Family Catholic School of Great Bend, St. Joseph Catholic School of McPherson, or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, in care of Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, PO Box 146, Hoisington, KS 67544. Notices may viewed and condolences sent at

Funeral arrangements provided by

Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home

P.O. Box 146

Hoisington, KS 67544

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Feb. 3, 2023