Richard “Dick” W. Becker
June 28, 1928 - October 24, 2012
Richard W. "Dick" Becker, 84, of Jefferson City, died Wednesday, October 24, 2012, at his home following a lifelong bout with bachelorhood and addiction with the Chicago Cubs. He was born June 28, 1928, in Buffalo, New York, son of Dr. and Mrs. Donald H. Becker. He attended elementary school in Browns Valley, Minnesota and Milbank, South Dakota, graduating from Milbank High School in 1946. He attended the University of Missouri-Columbia before serving with the United States Army serving in Korea, where he was assigned with the first tactical psychological warfare unit organized by the Army. He subsequently received his Bachelors Degree in Journalism from the University of South Dakota at Vermillion. Dick became the news editor of the weekly Vermillion Plain Talk before becoming city editor of the Watertown, South Dakota Daily Public Opinion. He then became magazine editor and assistant public relations director for the Bowling Proprietors Association of America Inc., which was located in Chicago. In 1968 he moved to Missouri, working briefly with the Boonville Daily News and the Jefferson City News Tribune before beginning a 13 year career with the Missouri Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. He then was employed for 11 years with Missouri Protection and Advocacy Servicers, another agency serving Missourians with disabilities, retiring in 1995. He was a member and ordained elder and deacon of the First Presbyterian Church. He was a member of the American Legion, AARP, and also served one term as a member of the Silver Haired Legislature. He was a volunteer with the Meals on Wheels program. Dick was an avid bowler. He sailed with the Isle of Capri on many voyages. But most of all he loved spending time with his Pomeranian "Cubby" and his family. He is survived by one sister-in-law: Marian Becker of Jefferson City; two nieces: Carol Rackers and Sandy Coleman, both of Jefferson City; two nephews: Paul Becker and David Becker, of Jefferson City; 10 great-nieces and nephews and seven great-great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother Donald Becker Jr. Friends will be received from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, October 26, 2012, at the Houser-Millard Funeral Home. Additional visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 27, 2012, at the First Presbyterian Church with funeral services to follow at 10:00 a.m., with the Rev. David Henry officiating. Interment with full military honors will follow in the Hawthorn Memorial Gardens. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the First Presbyterian Church Arrangements are under the direction of HOUSER-MILLARD Funeral Directors, 2613 West Main Street; (573) 636-3838. Condolences may be left for the family online at www.millardfamilychapels.com
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