NORTHROP - Memorial services for George A. Becker, 89, of Northrop and Fairmont, Minn., will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, at St. James Lutheran Church in Northrop. Burial following the service in the St. James Lutheran Church Cemetery, with full military honors by the Lee C. Prentice American Legion Post 36 and the Martin County VFW Post 1222.
Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. today, Dec. 19, at Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont, and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.
George passed away Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at Mayo Clinic Health System-Fairmont.
George Albert Becker was born Sept. 16, 1923, in Martin County, the son of Albert and Ellen (Drews) Becker. He attended St. James Lutheran Parochial School and then Granada High School, graduating in 1942. George entered the U.S. Navy on Jan. 12, 1944, and served mostly in the Philippine Islands. George was honorably discharged on Nov. 30, 1946, and returned to farm in Rutland Township. On April 10, 1947, George was united in marriage to Lorraine Hendricksen of Truman. They raised a family and farmed in Rutland Township for many years. After George retired from farming, he drove truck for Rosen's. George and Lorraine celebrated 63 years of marriage before Lorraine passed away on Aug. 19, 2010.
George was a lifetime member of St. James Lutheran Church in Northrop and served on the Rutland Township Board. He was a member of the Martin County VFW Post 1222 and former member of the Schwieger-Kahler American Legion in Northrop and the Granada American Legion. George proudly participated in hundreds of military honor guards over the years.
Left to cherish his memory are five children, LuAnn Jewell of St. Augustine, Fla., Drusilla Egeness and her husband, Albert, of Truman, Glenn Becker of Granada, Gene Becker and his wife, Candy, of Granada, Galen Becker of Buffalo, Minn.; 12 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, LaVerna Boler of Winnebago, Mrs. Rudy Hendricksen of Truman and Mrs. Eddie Hendricksen of Truman; many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
In addition to his parents, Albert and Ellen Becker, and wife, Lorraine, George was preceded in death by one son-in-law, Bill Jewell; brother, Warriner Becker; sisters, Margaret Becker, Ruth Wokasch and Frieda Williams.