John married Lillian A. Akerlund of Malta, Montana, and six children were born to them: Connie Rae, 8 October 1943--12 March 1956; Vernon, 11 April 1947; Vicki Lynn, 27 September 1948; Neil Rowland, 9 January 1950; Beverly Ann, 9 February 1951; and Patti Lee, 25 October 1952.
In 1946 John opened a garage in Havre. He had the American Motors dealership and was a successful manager of this garage for 38 years. His brother-in-law and son, Neil, were his partners in the Beck & Akerlund Garage. John had a natural knack for owrking on motors and cars were his great love and making them run gave him pleasure. His wife, son, and brother-in-law have continued to operate the garage since his death.
 This was likely the Raid at Los Banos.