Ray and Velda Beck of Penn Valley celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary Oct. 5. The couple was married in Bakersfield in 1942 in the Little Chapel of Sacred Memories. Ray is a Pearl Harbor survivor. He was aboard the U.S.S. Tennessee on Battleship Row during the attack. He was also aboard the U.S.S. Missouri at the signing of the Peace Treaty in Tokyo Bay.
A career Navy man, Ray saw action in Korea and Vietnam as well. Velda was a stay-at-home mom who was active with her children in the PTA, Cub Scouts, Brownies and 4-H. She also enjoyed community theater and bowling. The couple had four children, Nancy, Randy, Greg and the late Theresa Beck, who they lost to leukemia in 1996. The Becks also have three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.