Journal Express, Knoxville, IA


June 28, 2013

Clifford Becker

Clifford Becker, 79, of Milo, died Friday, June 21, 2013, at Westview Care Center in Indianola.

Clifford was born Dec. 18, 1933, to John and Hilda (Bote) Becker. He lived his entire life in Marion and Warren counties with the exception of two years he spent in the Army. While in the Army, he was stationed in Germany for 17 months. After his return from overseas he was united in marriage on Aug. 24, 1958, to Merna Slykhuis, his next farm neighbor and childhood sweetheart of 11 years. He enjoyed his trucks and semis; but farming was his favorite occupation.

Clifford enjoyed woodworking, motorcycle trips with Merna, eating hearty meals and most of all, his grandchildren. After many years of illness and accidents, Clifford peacefully passed away.

Survivors include wife of 55 years, Merna (Slykhuis) Becker, two children Karen (Chris) Anderson of Melcher, Steve (Becky) Becker of Melcher, sister, Doris Hyatt of Knoxville, six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Preceded by his parents, daughter, Kayla Becker Simmerman and great grandson Bryten Becker.

A Funeral Service was held Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at Milo United Methodist Church. Interment will be in Belmont Cemetery. Memorials may be given to Milo Fire and Rescue or Milo United Methodist Church. Please send online condoles to

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