Obituary for Robert William Becker

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Robert William Becker

January 26, 1927 - November 5, 2016

Becker, Robert William, passed away (date of death). Beloved husband of 53 years to Mary Anne (nee Grossenbacher); dear father of Karen (Robert) Brouillet and David (Diane) Becker; dear grandfather of Kristin, Nathaniel, Katherine, Claire, and Preston Brouillet and Tyson (Haley) and Joshua Wiggers; dear brother of the late Judith (Don) Hanners and the late Kenneth (Joan) Becker; dear brother-in-law of Billie Baldwin, Sara (Delmar) Gusewelle, and Margaret Jolley; dear uncle of Margaret Baldwin, John (Andrea) Baldwin, Glen Gusewelle, Lisa (Jack) Johnson, Lori (Brett) Rutledge, Kelly MacDoniels, Todd MacDoniels, Jeff MacDoniels, Kate (Dan) Caldwell, Susan (Ed) Stead, and Sally (Steve) Alderson; dear friend of many.
Bob was a veteran of both World War II and the Korean War. He retired from Monsanto in 1982 and then went into commercial real estate for several years. He was an avid sailor and golfer. He enjoyed drawing and painting.
Memorial visitation from 9-10 am, Friday, November 11, 2016 at Cornerstone United Methodist Church, 1151 Tom Ginnever Ave., O’Fallon, MO immediately followed by a memorial service at 10 am. After a luncheon, inurnment will follow at National Cemetery at Jefferson Barracks at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are appreciated to SSM at Home Hospice, Cornerstone United Methodist Church, or the Alzheimer’s Association. www.stygar.com

 

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Date: Friday, November 11, 2016

Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Cornerstone United Methodist Church

Address:

1151 Tom Ginnever, O'Fallon, MO, 63366

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Service Information

Date: Friday, November 11, 2016

Time: 10:00 am -

Cornerstone United Methodist Church

Address:

1151 Tom Ginnever, O'Fallon, MO, 63366

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Date: Friday, November 11, 2016

Time: 1:00 pm -

Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery

Address:

2900 Sheridan Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63125

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Born: January 26, 1927
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Don And Roberta Verbeck posted on11/14/16

Mary Anne----We were very sorry to learn about Bob's passing. He and i were long time Monsanto friends going back to when the offices were located on Second Street. We so enjoyed seeing both of you about three years ago. Our sympathy goes to you and your family.

 

Rolf Albers posted on11/14/16

Hello - my name is Rolf Albers Ilona and I are saddened by the loss of our longtime friend, Robert (we called him Bob), who loved his wife and family and enjoyed all of life. He loved people and also was passionate about so many activities such as golf, sailing, snow skiing, painting, wood working just to mention just a few of them. We met Bob and Mary Anne in the early seventies in Lake St. Louis. We moved here to pursue our love for sailing, especially racing. Bob and Mary Anne shared our love for sailing and spent every Sunday from April through October competing with 10 to 20 other Y-Flyers. Mary Anne braved it out she can barley swim, but enjoyed every minute of the challenge of just staying dry which is an impossible task on this type of sailboat. There were times when David would replace her, but she was the preferred crew. Bob was very competitive and had his good and not so good days as a skipper, but when we came ashore and compared our sailing stories, he was always positive, but warned everyone to look out that next time he would beat us all - ending with his characteristic warm chuckle. Then we graduated to the big boats. We chartered a 40 ft. Morgan sailboat in the Virgin Islands. What a wonderful experience. Beckers and Browns invited us along. We don't have to tell you how we enjoyed the camaraderie on land and sea: we were in paradise. But I get reminded of the things that went awry, like: the rough landings with the dinghy, Foxi's and the latest in outhouses, the ripped main-sail in a storm, and let's not forget the perfect on-board steak barbeque that landed in the water when the grill tipped over. We heard the chuckle. And then there was the fun we had skiing in Colorado. One year we loaded up the station wagon with 4 adults and 4 kids and headed towards Breckenridge. There we were, sailing friends competing on the slopes. I think the last time Bob skied was when he was close to 80 years old. He had his new knees and nothing could stop him. These are just a few of the many stories we will remember Robert by. Good bye Bob see you later. (From comments made by Rolf Albers at Bob Becker's memorial service on Nov. 11, 2016)

 

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