J. Edward "Ed" Beck, 81, a former vice president with Anvil Products and founder of Beck Manufacturing, died April 16. He served with the U.S. Merchant Marine escorting returning soldiers home from Europe following World War II. After completing his service, he went to work with his father at L.E. Beck & Son, a pipe nipple manufacturing company. In 1963 he sold L.E. Beck & Son to Anvil Products and became an Anvil vice-president. He left Anvil and formed Beck Manufacturing with his sons in 1971, where he worked until his retirement.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Waynesboro Area YMCA, 810 E. Main St., Waynesboro, PA 17268, or The Lunch Place, c/o Christ United Methodist Church, 6 W. Second St., Waynesboro, PA 17268.