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BECKER, Henry Joseph 1912-2006

BECKER, DAHMER, AYERS

Posted By: County Coordinator
Date: 11/3/2008 at 10:26:40

Service:
Saturday, November 11, 2006
Hauser Funeral Home
1205 South Main Street
Charles City, Iowa

Henry J. Becker, 94, of Charles City, died Tuesday, November 7, 2006, at the 11th Street Chautauqua Guest Home in Charles City.

Henry Joseph Becker was born January 15, 1912, south of Greene, Iowa, the son of John Balthazar and Catherine (Dahmer) Becker. He was baptized at the Saint John Lutheran Church, Vilmar.

His parents were immigrants of Germany. Henry was the last surviving member of this first generation German immigrant family. His father, seeking a better life for his family, came to New York in early 1900.

By 1904, through hard work, Henry’s father had saved enough money to bring his wife and five young children to America. They lived in Nebraska and Ohio, working and saving until they were able to move to Greene where they purchased farm land. In 1915 the family moved north of Charles City, on the Rotary Park Road.

Henry graduated from the Floyd Consolidated School in 1930. After graduation, he moved to Lawton, Okla., where he worked as a carpenter building Fort Sill. Missing family and farming, Henry returned to Iowa. On January 4, 1935, Henry and Frances L. Ayers were united in marriage. To this union four children were born.

In the early 1940’s they purchased a farm 10 miles north of Charles City, where they became very successful raising crops, poultry and livestock. Retiring in the early 80’s, they moved to an acreage two miles north of Floyd. Frances died in 1992 and Henry moved to Charles City in 1998.

Henry is survived by his four children; Marjorie (Ray) Stoncypher of Floyd, Marlene Reints of Cedar Falls, James (Linda) Becker of Windsor, Colo. and Lorna (David) Scrimger of Charles City; 10 grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and 11 step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 57 years; three brothers, Walter, George and John Becker; and six sisters, Katheryn Brinkman, Mollie Rieken, Marie Rowzee, Lela Dunlap, Elizabeth Carter Kirkendall and Dorothy Mullarky Buche.

[Hauser Funeral Home obit.]

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BECKER, Henry Joseph 1912-2006

Henry J. Becker, 94, of Charles City, died Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006, at the 11th Street Chautauqua Guest Home in Charles City.

Funeral services for Henry Becker were held on Saturday, Nov. 11 at the Hauser Funeral Home in Charles City. Pastor Dennis Niezwaag of Saint John Evangelical Lutheran Church officiated. Burial was at Riverside Cemetery, Charles City.

Henry Joseph Becker was born January 15, 1912, south of Greene, the son of John Balthazar and Catherine (Dahmer) Becker. He was baptized at the Saint John Lutheran Church, Vilmar.

His parents were immigrants of Germany. Henry was the last surviving member of this first generation German immigrant family. His father, seeking a better life for his family, came to New York in early 1900. By 1904, through hard work, Henry's father had saved enough money to bring his wife and five young children to America. They lived in Nebraska and Ohio, working and saving until they were able to move to Greene where they purchased farm land. In 1915 the family moved north of Charles City, on the Rotary Park Road.

Henry graduated from the Floyd Consolidated School in 1930. After graduation, he moved to Lawton, Okla., where he worked as a carpenter building Fort Sill. Missing family and farming, Henry returned to Iowa. On January 4, 1935, Henry and Frances L. Ayers were united in marriage. To this union four children were born.

In the early 1940's they purchased a farm 10 miles north of Charles City, where they became very successful raising crops, poultry and livestock. Retiring in the early 80's, they moved to an acreage two miles north of Floyd. Frances died in 1992 and Henry moved to Charles City in 1998.

Henry is survived by his four children; Marjorie (Ray) Stoncypher of Floyd, Marlene Reints of Cedar Falls, James (Linda) Becker of Windsor, Colo. and Lorna (David) Scrimger of Charles City; 10 grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and 11 step-great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 57 years; three brothers, Walter, George and John Becker; and six sisters, Katheryn Brinkman, Mollie Rieken, Marie Rowzee, Lela Dunlap, Elizabeth Carter Kirkendall and Dorothy Mullarky Buche.

The Hauser Funeral Home, (641) 228-2323, in Charles City, was in charge of arrangements. www.hauserfh.com

[ Adapted from www.mcpress.com -- Nov. 15, 2006 Mitchell Co. Press online ]

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