Stanley “Beck” Debevec was led to heaven by his angel at 10:51a.m. on Wednesday, April 18, 2012. Along with his immediate family, Beth and her staff at Somerset/Snug Harbor, Tavares, Fla. cared for and loved him the last four years of his life.
Beck was born in James City. He and his wife, Rose, owned and operated Beck’s Cafe (now James City Cafe) for many years. Beck retired in 1989 from the United States Postal Service after 21 years. He served in the United States Army and was a Purple Heart veteran of World War II. Beck was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1132 in Kane, as well as The American Legion.
He was a prior member of the Kane Elks Club and the Eagles Club for many years while living in Kane. He was a member of St. Callistus Catholic Church in Kane before moving to Florida. After moving to Florida, he remained active by going bowling each week with his daughter, Becky, and playing games with his great-grandson, Cameron. Beck moved into Somerset Assisted Living where he continued to bowl and play bingo weekly. His family and staff put jig-saw puzzles together daily.
Even though his journey with Alzheimer’s was long, his bright smile continued - making it so easy to love him. Beck wanted to help with the cure of the dreaded disease that has taken so many; therefore, his body has been donated to an organization of researchers and medical educators, dedicated to finding a cure for Alzheimer’s.
Beck was preceded in death by his parents, Jacob and Rose (Batistic) Debevec; brothers Jack, Tony, John and Frank; sisters Rose McCauley and Sylvia Peterson; and his beloved wife, Rose (Grandinetti) Debevec.
He is survived by his daughters, Becky Debevec of Umatilla, Fla. and Nita (Bill) Peterson of Kane; grandchildren Cindy (Chris) Emerick of Umatilla, Fla., Adam (Mariah) Greenwald of Carrabelle, Fla., Dan (Melissa) Peterson and Tim (Sue) Peterson of Kane; great-grandchildren, Cameron and Caelyn Emerick of Umatilla, Fla., Clayton Greenwald of Carrabelle, Fla.; Allie and Emily Peterson, and Kelsey, Derek, Anna Peterson and Megan Stanko of Kane.
He was also a favorite uncle to so many nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
A memorial service for Beck will be held for the residents and staff at Somerset/Snug Harbor by Chaplain Bertha from Cornerstone Hospice. Any contributions can be sent to Cornerstone Hospice, 2445 Lane Park Rd. Tavares, FL 32778 or to a charity of your choice,
Inurnment at St. Callistus Cemetery will be held at the convenience of the family. Condolences may be sent to 265 Rose St. Umatilla, FL 32784.