Kenneth Becker

Kenneth "Ken" Becker, 95, of Dunmore, died Tuesday at Linwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Scranton.

Born May 29, 1917, in Reading, he was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Becker. When he was 3 years old, he moved to Moosic with his mother, brother and sister, and formed a new family with stepbrothers and a stepsister. He remained there until he married Florence Vivian Zenosky of Dunmore, on May 23, 1940. In 1943, he joined the Army and moved to Philadelphia, and later to Washington, D.C. In 1950, Ken returned to Dunmore and started his own business in Scranton. Ken's Barbecue was located on Spruce Street in downtown Scranton and was the city's busiest little 12-stool diner.

Ken made many friends while running the diner, and is well known for never writing down an order, and never getting it wrong. He continued to make food and friends at Ken's Barbecue until 1972 when the diner was purchased by Northeast National Bank. Kenneth went on to work for Andre's Restaurant and Joe's Diner until he retired in 1981. Ken resided on Allen Street in Dunmore with his beloved wife, Florence, until she passed away in April 2011. Florence was the love of Ken's life, and his princess. He devoted his time to caring for her, even in the later years, with nothing but love for her in his heart. With his passing, there is comfort in knowing that they will now be together forever in heaven. Anyone who knew Ken knew him to be a kind, generous, hard-working man. He truly loved life and experienced joy each day. From those with whom he served our country to those who came into his diner for lunch every day, each and every person who met Ken had nothing but kind words about him. He was loved by one and all of those who had the good fortune of knowing him.

For the last 20 months, Ken had been receiving wonderful care and friendship from the staff and residents at Linwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. His joy and love of life were able to continue through these final months because of the attention he received at Linwood.

The funeral will be Friday at 9:30 a.m. in the Morell LaBelle funeral Home, 301 Chestnut St., Dunmore. Entombment, Fairview Memorial Park Cemetery, Elmhurst.

Friends and family are invited to call at the funeral home today, 4 to 7 p.m.

Online condolences can be made at www.Dunmorefu

Published in Scranton Times on Dec. 13, 2012