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Becker, Frances James 1931 - 2018


Posted By: Bill Waters (email)
Date: 8/8/2020 at 20:28:30

Obituary for Francis James Becker
Francis James Becker, 87, of Hiawatha, Iowa, formerly of Norway, Iowa, passed away Monday, December 3, 2018, at ManorCare, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Visitation: 4 Ė 6 p.m. with Rosary to begin at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, December 6, 2018, at Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cedar Rapids. Funeral Mass: 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 7, 2018, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Hiawatha with visitation one hour prior to mass. Burial with military honors will be at 2 p.m. Friday, December 7, 2018, at St. Michaelís Cemetery, Norway, Iowa.

Francis was born August 16, 1931, the son of Frank and Marjorie (McLaughlin) Becker. After graduating high school, Francis served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. Francis married Helen Leibold on May 2, 1959, at Immaculate Conception Church in Cedar Rapids. He was a farmer all of his life but he also worked at Collins Radio for five years. Francis was a member of the American Legion Post #234 in Norway, Catholic Foresters, and a former member of St. Michaelís Catholic Church, Norway.

Francis was a master at repairing anything. He loved music; especially, Lawrence Welk. He also loved square dancing with his wife. Francis enjoyed feeding and watching the birds in their yard. He and Helen adventured out on bus trips for 14 years during their retirement. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. Francis will be remembered as his familyís hero. He was a kind, compassionate, and respectful man who always made it a point to make people smile.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Becker, Hiawatha; children, Teresa (Tom) Wille of Hiawatha, Denise (Tony) Van Otegham of Victor, Iowa, and David Becker of Cedar Rapids; daughter-in-law, Jane Becker of Evansville, Indiana; grandchildren, Austin Wille, MacKenzie (Jake) McKain, Mallory (Kase) Stolte, Evan and Wade Van Otegham, Bryan Becker; great-grandson, Gideon McKain; great-granddaughter expected in March 2019; and sister Alice (Bill) Waters of Mt. Clemens, Michigan.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Marjorie Becker and son, Terry Becker.

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