Frank J. Becker 93, formerly of Provo, UT went to be with the Lord and Elma, his beloved wife of 67 years on April 7 in Henderson, NV. He was born to Frank T and Louise Becker in Two Rivers, WI on May 1, 1917. He is survived by his four children Rita Krutz of Henderson, NV, Tom Diane of Biloxi, MS, Frank of Paso Robles, CA and Mike Sue of Renton, WA, 14 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren and 1 greatgreat grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews and his 92 year old baby sister.
How do you summarize the 93 wonderful years he shared with everyone he came in contact with
Frank was a father, scoutmaster, coach, mentor, guidance counselor, friend and companion. He kissed the cook before every meal. He welcomed newcomers to the church on Sunday. He was an avid skier, bowler, square dancer and world traveler.
Frank spent eight years at St. Lawrence Seminary Prep School in Wisconsin studying for the priesthood but after discovering girls he transferred to Marquette University for his final two years of college where he earned a degree in journalism.
He married Elma Kivisto of Ironwood, Michigan on May 1, 1939, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 1948 the family moved to Provo, UT where Frank worked for US Steel for 31 years, retiring in 1979.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus for more than 60 years serving as Escalante Council Grand Knight and holding every other position in the council. He was State Deputy for Utah as well as many other positions at the state level. He was the Fourth Degree Master. He continued to be active in Nevada when he moved there. He was the historian for the Knights. He compiled and published the history of the Knights of Columbus in Utah and chronicled the contributions of the Catholic missionaries to the culture of early Utah through their travels and settlements in Utah.
He was the scoutmaster for the St. Francis Church sponsored Troop 702. After more than 25 years with the scouts he was honored with the Order of The Arrow and The Silver Beaver.
In the early 1950s St. Francis Parish began planning and then building a Catholic School in Provo. Frank was involved in the planning and, with other parishioners, the handson brick laying and cement pouring for the school which opened in September 1955 with students from K through 8. The school was expanded annually until, in 1960 the first senior class graduated. He coached the basketball team in the early 1960s.
In 1988 Frank and Elma retired to the Henderson area to enjoy the climate and live closer to their daughter.
In 2009 Frank received the Presidents Volunteer Service Award from President Bush for his Commitment to strengthening our Nation through volunteer service because of his many years of service with the Knights of Columbus.
A rosary held will be at St Peters Church on April 18 at 6:00PM. A memorial service will be held April 19, 2011 at 10:00AM at St Peters Church. Interment will be private at Palm Mortuary Henderson.
St Peters Church is located at 204 S. Boulder Highway, Henderson, NV.
In lieu of flowers contributions to your local Catholic Relief Services or the American Cancer Society or your favorite charity are encouraged.
I was only two when Uncle Frank moved his family to Utah. Therefore, I never knew him other than what I heard from my dad,Hugo and my grandparents. Oh, there were the times when the Western Beckers came home to visit, but to really get to know Uncle Frank only happened in the past couple of decades. My wife and I got to know and appreciate him as a long lost friend as well as an uncle. Wed call and write and even had found time to visit. He so reminded me of my dad. They had many similarities,all good ones. He will be missed and never replaced. He was one of a kind. May God comfort you all at this time.
Dan and Audrey BeckerTwo Rivers, WI
It was a privilege to know Frank 51 years. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. We are thankful for his long and beautiful life of many accomplishments.
Jim and Francine DaileySandy, UT
Having only known Frank from church, I fell in love with his sense of humor, his strong faith and his love of the Blessed Mother. I had never known Frank not to have a smile and a kind word of encouragement little words of wisdom would creep into a conversation that always touched my heart and made me to pause and reflect. He was a humble and generous spirit and I am so very thankful that God introduced us. Peace and Prayers to his family.
Julia RomanovHenderson, NV
There are certain individuals God put on this earth where you feel humble in their presence. In the more than 110 years of the Knights of Columbus in Utah, only Frank took the time to chronicle the important events in a history book. What are the odds of Frank and Elma leaving Utah, moving to Henderson, joining St. Peter the Apostle parish, and being in the same parish as my parents It has been an honor to know and love this wonderful gentle man.
John Linda WainscottSandy, UT
our prayers are with you.
john gloria goeberthenderson, NV
It was an honor knowing Grandpa for all of my childhood and adult life. His clever wit and pesonality shined whenever speaking with him, whether in person or on the phone. He will be missed but know he will rest comfortably with Grandma. I will visit each time I make it to Nevada. Rest in Peace Grandpa. I love you.
Mark BeckerRenton, WA
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. He was a wonderful man.
Lee and Ethel BunkersLehi, UT
I deeply regret the passing of Clarence Roy Elias. Life is fragile. Like a snowflake it leaves. His rich, courageous life offers merits for which there is no badge. The sting of death not only pains but numbs survivors. What a blessing it will be when we can rightly ask: Death, where is your victory Death, where is your sting1 Corinthians 15:55. He left this world a better place. All who will mourn him celebrate his life. Jesus said, Do not let your heart be troubled. John 14:27
Serenity is not freedom from the storm, but peace amid the storm. Anonymous
Brenda JohnsonGarden City, MI