Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Del and Marilyn's home
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Delmar (Del) Becker

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Delmar (Del) Becker

Wausau - Delmar (Del) Becker, age 78, lost his long battle with Alzheimer's disease on January 25, 2019 at North Central Health Care Center, Wausau, Wisconsin where he resided the past year. Del was born in Athens, WI on March 17th, 1940 to Anna (Boehm) and Herman Becker. He was one of 8 siblings. After graduating from Athens High School in 1958, he married Marilyn Janke on February 7, 1959. Together they raised three children; daughter—Julia Ann (Kerry) Walcott, sons, Scott Jerome, (deceased 1989), and Michael Thomas, (deceased 2009). Del and Marilyn would have been married 60 years on February 7th. They shared so many adventures during their life together.

In 1958, just out of high school, Del started his career in heavy construction. He got his start operating a backhoe with Janke Construction and when Janke Industrial Marine began, Del was foreman on projects on Janke's barges on Lake Michigan. His inventiveness and ingenuity greatly assisted in the company's success. Later Del traveled to Alaska to work on the Great Alaskan Pipeline, mostly near Prudhoe Bay. He fell in love with the scenery, animals and especially the people of Alaska. He bought a crane, and his business, Del-Mar Inc. began. He contracted with the Corps of Engineers for work on jobs all over Alaska from North Pole to Kodiak and even the remote villages on the far west coast of Alaska. After about 20 years the jobs in Alaska began to decline and he began contracts in Wisconsin and Minnesota for the Corps of Engineers. His health was also declining, and they decided to close the business…..but part of his heart was always in Alaska. The saying is "When you go to Alaska you always leave a part of your heart"….

Del is survived by his loving wife Marilyn, daughter Julie (Kerry) Walcott, grandchildren Tiffany Mattila-Hass, Michael Newman, Saskia Walcott, Anna Becker and Skyla Walcott, sister Irma (Lee) Parmer, brother Dale Becker, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Del is preceded in death by his 2 sons, Scott J. and Michael T., father and mother, brothers Alfred and Orville and sisters, Marcella Cook, Verna Groff, and Dorothy Gruelke.

Marilyn wishes to thank Aspiris Hospice for their care before Del's death, and to North Central Health Care Center, Gardenside Center, for the exceptionally loving kindness and compassionate care of all the nurses and staff, who became so much like his family.

A celebration of Del's life will be held for family, friends, and neighbors at Del and Marilyn's home on Saturday, February 16, 2019…..(open house) from 11:am to 4:pm with a light lunch.

John J. Buettgen Funeral Homes Mid Wisconsin Cremation Society is performing cremation. His ashes will be dispersed in Alaska..
Published in the Wausau Daily Herald on Feb. 12, 2019
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