Robert J. Bob Becker
1927 - 2014
Robert J. "Bob" Becker of Spooner, Wis., passed away March 5, 2014, at Benedictine Living Center at the age of 86 years.
Bob was born March 26, 1927, in Kenosha, Wis., to Theodore and Catherine (Kemen) Becker. Bob was a 1944 graduate of Kenosha High School. Throughout his youth he was a devoted and talented baseball player. In 1945, at the age of 18, he signed as a pitcher with the Milwaukee Brewers. That year, he was called into service with the US Army
Air Force, 20th Weather Squadron as a weather observer in the Philippines, Okinawa, and Atsugi, Japan. During his military service, he continued to play baseball for the Air Force team at Atsugi, where he was known as the Atsugi Buzzsaw. Following his honorable discharge in December 1946, Bob returned to the United States and continued his baseball career.
On Sept. 16, 1952, Bob and Marian Wight, also of Kenosha, married. They moved to Ann Arbor, Mich., where Bob studied forestry at the University of Michigan
and received his bachelors degree in 1952. Their son Mark was born in 1952 and daughter Ann in 1955.
In 1966 the family moved to Spooner, where Bob worked for the Department of Natural Resources and became the Administrator of Conservation Programs. Bob retired from the DNR in 1985 to pursue a second career in writing. For many years Bob wrote his weekly newspaper column Boot Prints, and published six books, his favorite entitled Ya Ya, Those Were the Days. On the side, Bob was a tree farmer and Christmas tree producer.
Preceded in death are his parents, Theodore and Catherine Becker; his brothers, Thomas, William, and Eugene, and his son, Mark.
Bob will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 63 years, Marian; his daughter. Anne (Becker) Andrea of Rice Lake; his siblings, Ted (Leanne) Becker, Donna Becker, Margaret (Robert) Bakula and Barbara Remington; his grandchildren Michelle, Benjamin, Kyle, and Jesse; sisters- in-law June Wight and Doris Wight, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, March 13, 2014, at 10 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Spooner, Wisconsin, with funeral services at 11 a.m. Military honors will follow at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner.
Arrangements entrusted to Taylor Family Funeral Home, Spooner Wisconsin. Online Condolences can be made to www.scalzo-taylor.com