Frederick “Fred” Douglas Beeks, of Rockford departed this earthly life Friday, April 8, 2011 at Alma Nelson Nursing Home after long illness. He was born November 22, 1935 in Rockford the son of Joe and Mattie Beeks. He was a bus driver for the Rockford board of Education, and retired after 30 years from Montgomery Wards Company. Frederick, was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a member of Pilgrim Baptist Church. He graduated from West High School. Frederick leaves to cherish many memories, two daughters, Patricia Beeks (Mike) Blackman, and LaVoyne Beeks-Smith, Rita (James) Beeks-Alexander and Eunice (James) Beeks-Green; 11 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, one brother, Gordon ( Penny) Beeks, aunt Cordia Beeks, a host of nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his parents, step father Albert Camper, one son, John Beeks, one sister, Karen Camper. Private Memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangement completed by Carl E. Ponds Funeral Home 2429 W. State St.