September 22, 1922 - May 30, 2021
Leavenworth, Kansas - Ret. Colonel Leonard Becicka, Kansas City, died peacefully with family present on Saturday May 29th. He will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
Colonel Becicka was born in Goodland, Minnesota in 1922. His service career included combat operations in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. While in the service, he was awarded the Silver Star with oakleaf cluster for gallantry in combat, the Bronze Star metal with oak leaf cluster for valor, 15 battle stars, the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters for exceptionally meritorious service plus 15 additional awards and decorations.
After retiring from military service, he was vice president of Brinks, Inc. and a senior officer in the Illinois Department of Law Enforcement. He was a lifetime member of the International Association and a member of the VFW, American Legion, and the Abdullah Temple.
He is survived by his two sons, Leonard (Glen Rock, PA) and William Becicka (Kansas City), and his two daughters, Maggie Mitchell (Leavenworth) and Mary Wilkerson (Kansas City), eight grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. The entire Becicka family truly loved and will miss their dad, father-in-law, Opa, Gramps, Granpa and Great-Granpa Becicka now and forever.
Memorials in his name may be directed to: https://vcpkc.z2systems.com/np/clients/vcpkc/donation.jsp https://www.veteranscommunityproject.org/
Arrangements have been entrusted to Belden Larkin Funeral Home, 707 S 6th. St., Leavenworth, KS.
Published by Kansas City Star on Jun. 8, 2021.