The Life of Joel T. Beck

Joel T. Beck, 67, of Topton, died on Monday, March 29, 2021, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, where he was a patient several days.  Born in Kutztown, Joel was a son of the late Glenn R. Beck, Sr. and Althea D. (Stein) Beck Snyder.  Joel was a member of Saint John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Kutztown.

Joel was employed as a pattern maker for the former Kutztown Foundry, Kutztown; he was also employed at the former Beck's Feed and Grain, Kutztown.

Joel was a talented musician, playing guitar and singing vocals in several bands in the area. Joel also was a collector and a demonstrator of guitars.  He was a member of the Kutztown Rod & Gun Club, Kutztown; and Fraternal Order of Eagles, Kutztown.

Joel is survived by two brothers: Glenn R., Jr., husband of Deborah A. (Arnold) Beck, Palmyra, Lebanon County; and Dwight B., husband of Linda (Brandt) Beck, Maxatawny.  In addition to his parents, Joel was predeceased by a sister, Melanie A. Beck, who died July 28, 1979.

A memorial service to celebrate Joel's life will be held on Wednesday, April 7, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. from Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., 333 Greenwich Street, Kutztown, with the Rev. Mary Ann Hamm, officiating.  Inurnment will follow in Hope Cemetery, Kutztown.  Relatives and friends are invited to a visitation from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home.

Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., Kutztown, is in charge of arrangements.  Memories and condolences may be shared at

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Kind and jovial

I was very sad to hear of Joel's passing. It was always a joy to see Joel.  He was always friendly and happy to chat.  Loved that he would call me "Little Janie" after my Mom. I will truly miss seeing those beautiful blue eyes and warm smile. Hold tightly to the good memories!!  Prayers to you all.  Hope he, my Mom, and Mel are all having drinks and remembering the good ole days.

Posted by Michele K on 04/01/2021


 Joel Beck was a gifted musician. Guitar savant. When he samg Roy Orbison songs if you closed your eyes you would swear it was Roy himself. Moreover,  Joel was a great person.  His passing is a loss for all of us.  Rest in peace. Forrest Strachan 

Posted by Forrest S on 04/01/2021

Old friend

I remember him from way back in Boy Scout days and care free days at the swimming pool in the summer.  He was a really nice guy.  Unfortunately, I hadn't bumped into him in quite a while.

Posted by Charles B on 04/04/2021