Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

February 21, 2013

Henry Becker


Melcher-Dallas —  

Services for Henry Becker, 94, were Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at the St. John Lutheran Church in Melcher-Dallas. Interment was at the Graceland Cemetery in Knoxville. Family received friends on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Melcher-Dallas. In lieu of flowers memorials to the St. John Lutheran Church or the M-D Community Center. Online condolences for the family may be left at .

Henry Carl Becker was born Dec. 19, 1918, to John and Minnie Becker near Milo, Iowa. He attended country school near Milo through the eighth grade. Education was important to Henry; in the 1990's he earned his high school diploma. 

He was married to Opal Geneva Wilson on Dec. 19, 1941, and raised their two children: Dennis and Delores (Dee Dee), on their farm near Melcher-Dallas.

He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and the Lions Club. He was also a school board member for many years. Henry and Geneva established a college scholarship fund for high school music students and was instrumental in establishing the local community center, the church, and supported other businesses in town. After the death of Geneva, he married Edith Evelyn Edwards on March 25, 2001.

Henry always made people feel special. He loved to go dancing and enjoyed seeing his friends from all over at the music jams. Henry had a true love for life and for people. He was always willing to help his community and especially enjoyed helping children. Henry loved to get his old cars out for the parades. He was a stranger to no one and friend to all who knew him. His family was very important to him and he always enjoyed having family gatherings. The grandchildren will remember the annual Easter egg hunts and how he made each of them feel special.

Henry passed away Feb. 8, 2013, at the Westview Care Center in Indianola at the age of 94 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Geneva; daughter, Dee Dee; and siblings: Johnny Becker and Ella Nolte.

Surviving are his wife, Evelyn; son, Dennis (Kay) Becker; seven grandchildren: Jennifer (Lee) Becker Carpenter, Celice (Jason) Pierce, Juliet Becker, Donnie Vanderlinden, Angela (Carlos) Wakely, Daniel (Julie) Vanderlinden, and Melissa (Gary) Vasseau; and 14 great grandchildren: Jordan, Gregory, Ty, Megan, Antonio, Gracie, Rebekah, Francisco, Gabrielle, Theo, Trey, Karena, Olivia, Emersyn, and Kristiana. Also surviving are his siblings: Richard (Iola) Becker of Milo and Helen Conklin of Perry; along with many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

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