Obit: Becker, Clarence E. #3 (1917 - 2009)

Contact: Audrey Roedl

Surnames: Becker, Lecher, Schmidt, Schenk, Gurney, Noehring, Schnabel

----Source: Loyal TRG 21 January 2009

Becker, Clarence E. #3 (14 OCT 1917 - 11 JAN 2009)

Clarence E. "Curly" Becker, 91, town of Grant, died on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009 at his residence. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, Jan. 17, at St, Mary’s Catholic Church, Neillsville. The Rev. Woodrow H. Pace officiated. Burial followed in the church cemetery with military rites conducted by the American Legion Post #73, Neillsville. His sons-in-law served as pallbearers.

Clarence F. Becker was born on Oct. 14, 1917, in Marshfield, to Henry and Margaret (nee Lecher) Becker. He attended St. John’s Parochial School, Marshfield and Happy Hollow School, rural Neillsville. He joined the Conservation Corps at Camp Nelson, in April 1938 until June 1941. In that same year, he married Rosalie Schmidt on Oct. 18, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Neillsville. In December 1942, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and was assigned to the 853rd Engineer Battalion and worked as an automotive mechanic. He was awarded a Good Conduct Medal, the Meritorious Service Unit Award and Army Purple Cross. On Oct. 31, 1945, he returned to Neillsville and worked as a mechanic. He owned and operated his own filling station in Neillsville called Becker Cities Service, He did road work for Mathy Road Construction and as a mechanic for Cenex Co., Neillsville. After retiring, he sold Christmas trees, and was a caretaker and sexton for St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the American Legion Post #73, Neillsville. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, cribbage, reading, country-western music, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and working in his yard and garden.

Survivors include his wife, Rosalie; his children, Beverly (Walter) Schenk, Avon Park, Fla., Carol McManus, Lombard, Ill., Don (Lorna) Becker, Greenfield, Diane (Lewis) Gurney, Neillsville, Mary Kay (Michael) Noehring, Lakeville, Minn., and Scott Becker, Neillsville; 17 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Arlene Schnabel, Neillsville.

Preceding him in death were his parents; two brothers. John and Harold; a sister, Nora Kraus and a sister, Virginia, in infancy.



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