Gary L. Becker

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Gary was born in Great Bend, Kansas on March 27, 1943 to Winnis and Evelyn Becker. He married Ruth Kruckenberg in 1963. He was a graduate of Kansas State University and received his MBA from Texas Christian University. Gary served in the Air Force for 24 years, and for the past 10 years worked as a contract negotiator for IBM. After a long, courageous battle with pancreatic cancer, he went to be with the Lord on October 8, 2009. Gary was a member of First Presbyterian Church, where he served as a deacon and on the Recreational Ministries Committee. His favorite activities included playing racquetball, hiking, running, cheering for K-State, and helping family and friends. Gary leaves behind his wife, Ruth, sons Jeff (Ronda) and Mark, daughter Courtney Stevens (Tim), his father Winnis, brother Bob (Marilyn), and grandchildren Emily, Ryan, and Jenna Becker, and Paige Stevens. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to either First Presbyterian Church or Gary's PanCan Memorial Page at A memorial service will be held on Monday, October 12th at 2pm at First Presbyterian Church, 219 E. Bijou, Colorado Springs. Please join us in honoring Gary by visiting our Memorial at

Published in The Gazette on Oct. 11, 2009
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