George Donald Becker, 89, died October 23, 2022 at his home in Divernon, surrounded by his children.
Don was born December 28, 1932, son of Harold H. "Grinny" and Edith (Lamar) Becker.
He married the love of his life, Barbara on November 18, 1953 and was married for 61 years until her death in 2014.
Surviving are his children, Steven (Terri), Stanley (Dianne), Todd (companion Rhonda), Kelly Burtle (Mark), and Susan Vorreyer (Mike). Eight grandchildren, Shannon Hampton, Cale Becker, Eric Becker, Lindsey Crissey, Gage Vorreyer, Levi Vorreyer, Zach Burtle, and Kady Burtle. Five great grandchildren, Briar Crissey, McCoy Crissey, Harrison Burtle, Holland Burtle, and Hannah Becker. One brother, James L. Becker also survives.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, wife, brother Robert, and grandson Casey Becker.
Don was a graduate of Divernon High School and Navy veteran of the Korean war. After being discharged from the service he worked at Allis-Chalmers until the plant closed in 1987. He then worked at CocaCola and Kemp Industries until retirement. Don was an active member of the Arthur J. Quick post of the American Legion, the DHS Alumni Assoc, and volunteered for many community projects. In particular, he was deeply involved in the restoration and maintenance of the old R.R. Depot. He had been the unofficial caretaker of the depot for many years. Don was also the only person to have ever fired a cannon in Divernon city limits. He enjoyed golfing, traveling with Barbara, and helping all his kids and grandkids with whatever projects they were involved in. Donald was always happiest when he was working. He loved Divernon and the feeling was mutual. He will be missed by many.
Private family services will be held at Brush Creek Cemetery in Divernon. A celebration of Don's life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Divernon American Legion or to the charity of choice.