"It is not the length of life, but the depth of life.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Edward “Herman” Robert Becker, 72, passed away peacefully in his sleep early morning on Friday, October 23, 2020. He was born March 31, 1948 in Elgin, Illinois, to the late Major Robert Henry “Pop pop” Becker and Mary Jane “Peppie” “Mom mom” Vaganey Becker. As you can tell, our family is a family of many names for one person.
Ed was a graduate of the University of Illinois, getting his degree in Political Science. He also served as a Captain in Field Artillery in the United States Army, where he served his last assignment in Research and Development at Aberdeen Proving Ground.
Ed was a long time resident of Kenosha, Wisconsin after his time in the Army. While living in Kenosha as a retired veteran, he served the rest of his working life as a postal carrier for the U.S Postal Service. In 2015 he moved to Northeast Pennsylvania to be closer with his children.
Ed is survived by his five children: Jennifer, Lewisberry, PA; Brian and his wife Rachael, Manlius, NY; Nicole and her husband Matthew Maloney, Harding, PA, Melissa Overman, West Pittston PA; and Kimberly Becker, Scranton, PA.
Grandchildren: Payton, Ava, Kate, Cash, Brooke, Cody, Ryan, and Daniel. Siblings: Phillip (Cindy)Becker, Francine (Fiancé Roger Winans) Becker, and Johanne “Tate” (Steven) Ahonen. Niece and nephews, and great nieces and nephews.
Ed was preceded in death by his mother Mary Jane “Peppie” “Mom mom” Vaganey Becker, 2012 and his Father Major Robert Henry “Pop Pop” Becker, 2014.
Our dad was anything but a traditionalist, and I don’t mean that in a bad way. Family was always first in his eyes, and he loved his children and family dearly. When deciding as a family what and how we were going to honor our father, we of course had to take into account his wish.
Some of our families fondest memories of my dad were when we would have our Becker Family Reunions “up North “ in Wisconsin. For those of us that are the youngest in the group, we are jealous of those times. Although we were there and of course always had an amazing time on the lake, we weren’t allowed to be up all hours of the night having a good time, slinging back a few, having what we now call a time for the “Peasant Philosophers”, something our dad always took part in. And even though our dad is no longer with us, I know we will feel his presence there wanting to get in on the topic of conversation.
Our father will be greatly missed by many, but he will forever be in our hearts.
To honor our father’s wishes, we will be holding a private ceremony for our family to celebrate his life.
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Obituary written by Ed’s youngest daughter, Kimberly Jane Becker.
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