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James E. "Jimmy" Becker, a resident of Naperville, IL since 1984, formerly of Chicago, IL, died Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, at Edward Hospital, in Naperville, after a long battle with COPD. He was born April 15, 1941, in Chicago. Beloved husband of Ruth (nee Engleman) Becker; loving father of Matthew (Katie) Becker, John (Melissa) Becker and Julie (Ryan) Arnold; adored grandfather of James "Little Jimmy", Tyler, Madelyn, Nicholas and Rylie; devoted son of the late Roy and Alice Becker; dear brother of Richard (Mary) Becker and Robert (Patricia) Becker; fond uncle of many. Jim served in the Illinois Army National Guard and had a long career in advertising and directing with WGN TV, Catholic Television Network and Leo Burnett Advertising Agency. Visitation Thursday, 3 to 9 p.m., at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 44 S. Mill St., Naperville. Services will begin Friday, 9:30 a.m., from the funeral home and will proceed to 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 1500 Brookdale Rd., Naperville. Interment: Naperville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to: Respiratory Health Association, 1440 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago, IL 60607, Attn: Lysette Talavera (for phone donations) (312) 628-0226, www.lungchicago.org/donate. For info., (630) 355-0213, www.friedrich-jones.com
Published in Chicago Tribune on Jan. 24, 2012
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