Robert Becker

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Becker, Robert "Bob" Dean

Robert "Bob" Dean Becker, 93, from Albuquerque, NM pasted away on Thursday, April 7, 2017 from complications with COPD. Bob was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM. Shortly after graduation from Albuquerque High School in 1942, he eloped with his sweetheart Geraldine Mable Hatcher to Los Lunas, NM and was married for 74 years.

In 1944 he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard and served aboard the USS Long Beach in the South Pacific off the coast of the Philippines during WWII. After serving his military term, he returns to Albuquerque and started a career at Sandia National Labs that lasted 31 years. He was a research machinist and later became a department supervisor. He helped in the development of technologies that have improved the lives and safety for many people. In addition to his service at the Labs, he participated in land development and real estate investments in the local communities till his pasting. He is best known for his ability to "say it like it is"; the love and dedication he had for his family, and his generosity in helping others.

Robert is preceded in death by his beloved wife Geraldine; parents Arthur Edward Becker and Mae Hawthorne Laub-Becker; brothers Arthur E. and Charles L. Becker; sons Robert Jr., Richard W. and Donald D. Becker; grandson Douglas V. Anderson; great-grandson Cameron A. Anderson.

Bob is survived by his brother James "Jim" Brewington Becker; grandchildren Michelle Smith, Sandra Lyon and Jason Anderson; great-grandchildren Kaitlyn, Garrick, Dadje, and Paige Anderson, Victoria and Evan Lyon, and Shu and Jia Smith; and many other family members.

Services will be held at Chester T. French Chapel located at Sunset Memorial Park in Albuquerque, NM on April 20, 2017 starting at 11:00 a.m. Immediately following the service will be Military Honors given to Robert at his grave site. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Salvation Army.

Published in Albuquerque Journal on Apr. 16, 2017