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Herbert Jean Becker

November 12, 1923 - May 29, 2017

Herbert Jean Becker passed away May 29, 2017, at the age of 93.  He was born November 12, 1923, to William and Marie Caroline (Luker) Becker in Westphalia, Kansas where he grew up on a farm. Herbert served his country proudly in the United States Marine Corps as a Corporal and received special military qualifications as a radio operator during WWII. He enlisted on May 29, 1942 in Kansas City, Missouri and received an honorable discharge on May 28, 1946 in San Francisco, California. Herbert served in the Hawaiian Islands, British Soloman Islands, Wellington, N.Z, and Kyushu, Japan.  He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and received an honorable service button.  After the war, he attended the University of Missouri at Kansas City and graduated with a bachelor degree in chemistry after having only an 8th grade education. Herbert married Edna Lu Phillips on July 11, 1948, in San Diego, California. He worked for the Union Oil Company of California for twenty-eight years as a chemical engineer.  Later in life, he was a self-employed tax preparer/advisor. Herbert enjoyed music, history and science. He also was an avid reader. Herbert was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Plano, Texas.

Some of his favorite sayings were “Play Hard and Play by the Rules”,” And the whole thing is…”!!

Herbert is survived by his son, William “Will” Becker and wife Jimmie of Howe, Texas; grandson, William Justin Becker and wife Ashley of Fort Worth, Texas; sister, Lorna Stohs of Burlington, Kansas; many nieces and nephews; and a host of other loving family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers;  Ernest Becker, Edwin Becker, Arthur Becker and Julius Becker, and six sisters;  Joan True, Emma Krueger, Martha Fischer, Clara Meyer, Gertrude Meyer, and Bernita Crome.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, June 1, 2017 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home Chapel in Allen, Texas. Interment with military honors is to follow at 1:15 p.m. at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas, Texas.  Family and friends are invited to the funeral home at their convenience on Wednesday to pay their respects and to sign the register book. 


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My sympathy goes out to all of Uncle Herbert's family....may God give you comfort and peace. Mary Becker (Donald's widow), June 1, 2017 With loving sympathy to you, William and Jimmy. He was an "older" cousin whom I greatly admired, a special buddy to my brother Ralph. My brother Wallace sends regards as well. May God be with you during this trying time and may he rest in peace, beside your beloved mother. Sincerely, Myrtle Myrtle Grace Becker Rhoads, May 31, 2017 My sincere condolences to the Becker family. I hope knowing that God cares for you and sees your pain brings you comfort during this difficult time. May you also find comfort in God's promise to resurrect our loved ones to life on a paradise earth. (John 5:28, Revelation 21:3 & 4) My deepest sympathy to you all. Lora, May 31, 2017 Herb Becker was a bright man who loved his wife and family. He lived his country and served proudly. You will be missed Mr. Becker. Teresa Mayes, May 31, 2017 Will and Jimmie, I was saw sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. He sounds like an amazing person and I know you will miss him. Prayers to you both! Lynn Lynn Allen, May 30, 2017 We are so sorry for your loss William and Justin and families. May the promise of his resurrection give you a strong peace and comfort. We will not be able to attend the service but you will all be in our prayers and thoughts. Sharon and Howard Howard and Sharon Meyer, May 29, 2017