CANASTOTA >> Robert D. Becker, Sr., 88, South Court Street, died early Saturday morning, Feb. 9, 2013, at Oneida Healthcare Center, where he had been a patient for the past five days.
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Born in Canastota on July 1, 1924, he was the son of John and Ella Becker. A lifelong resident Canastota, Bob attended Canastota schools. He married Emma W. Carney in Oneida, on Nov. 27, 1947, a marriage of over 65 years.
Prior to his retirement in 1992, Bob was employed with the Oneida City Schools, working in the custodial department.
As a veteran of World War II, Bob enlisted in the Navy at the age of 17 and served in the Pacific and European Theatres receiving the Purple Heart as a war hero.
Bob was of the Christian faith and enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Surviving besides his wife, Emma, are one daughter and son-in-law, Jeannine and James "Chico" Richmond of Canastota; two sons and daughters-in-law, Gerald and Susan Becker of Vernon and Robert and Joan Becker Jr. of Canastota; two sisters-in-law, Carol Smith and Eunice "Buzzy" Carney; three grandchildren, Valarie Prine and her husband, Christopher, Matthew Colvin and Ashli Colvin; three step-grandchildren, Melissa, Ryan and Tyler Richmond; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Richard Becker and Jack Becker.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday from Campbell-Dean Funeral Home Inc., 260 Main St., Oneida, with the Rev. Rob Casler, officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home 4 to 7 p.m., Tuesday. Contributions, in his memory, may be made to Wanderers Rest Humane Association, PO Box 535, Canastota, NY 13032 or Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675. Envelopes may be obtained at the funeral home. To leave a message of condolence, please visit www.campbell-dean.com.
CAMPBELL-DEAN FUNERAL HOME, INC.
Campbell-Dean Funeral Home
260 Main St. Oneida, NY 13421
Published in The Oneida Daily Dispatch on Feb. 10, 2013