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Stephen Becker

Male 1946 - 2016  (70 years)

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  • Name Stephen Becker 
    Nickname Steve 
    Born 25 Oct 1946  Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 30 Dec 2016 
    Person ID I1845  Rossville
    Last Modified 13 Aug 2018 

    Father William H Becker,   b. 19 Apr 1926, Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Mar 2008, Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Mother Dorothy M Jenkins Becker,   b. 5 Dec 1925, Rea, Andrew County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Sep 2004, Rossville, Shawnee County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 7 Mar 1953  Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Anniversary- Becker, Bill and Dorothy
    Anniversary- Becker, Bill and Dorothy
    Golden Anniversary for Beckers

    Bill and Dorothy Becker, Rossville, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a family dinner. Dorothy Jenkins and Bill Becker were married in the Central Park Christian Church Chapel March 7, 1953.

    Their three children and spouses are Steve and Sharon Becker, Golden, CO., Kathy and Jim Billings, Topeka, and Patty and Lee McQueen, Vilonia, AR. They have three grandchildren, Lori and Ken Murphy, Topeka, Megan McQueen and Kurt McQueen, Vilonia, AR; and two great-grandchildren, Emma and D.J. Murphy, Topeka.

    Bill served in the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Merchant Marine in the South Pacific during World War II. He worked as an auto body man in Topeka for 12 years, as an auto damage appraiser for seven years, and retired from his own business, Becker’s Appraisal, in 1988 after 13 years.

    Dorothy worked as a legal secretary for 30 years and as Administrative Assistant for Judge Joe H. Swinehart of the Kansas Court of Appeals for nine years and Chief Judge Bob Abbott of the Kansas Court of Appeals for three years, retiring in 1988.

    They lived in Topeka until 1955, when they moved to the country east of Rossville, where they still reside.

    Bill and Dorothy Becker are happy and a bit surprised to realize they’ve been married 50 years.
    “What were the chances of meeting my true love?” ponders Dorothy. “In the 1950s, I was a transplant from Missouri to Topeka, a divorced mother with two small children and no support from my former spouse.”
    Bill, who was born in Topeka, lived in Seattle at the time. Dorothy worked with his sister in a law office. “He was also divorced, and she kept saying we were perfect for each other!” writes Dorothy.
    They met in May, when Bill returned to Topeka. He met her children “and promptly fell in live with them,” says Dorothy. “By September, we were dating; by October, we were very much in love.”
    They married on March 7, 1953. Bill adopted Dorothy’s children and raised them as his own, along with their third child.
    “I think I fell in love with him because of his sense of humor and the fun we have always had together,” writes Dorothy. “We are both independent, but we never let that get in the way of our devotion for each other.
    “We were 27 when we married and never expected to have 50 years together. When we married, Bill said there would not be another divorce, and that is how we lived. We settled any problems and worked them out. It’s been a wonderful 50 years.”

    Note: Photo of couple in the news clip
    Family ID F480  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sharon L Becker 
    Married 14 May 1967  New London, New London County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Marriage- Becker, Steve and Cheryl
    Marriage- Becker, Steve and Cheryl
    Open House For Newlyweds
    An open house at the W. H. Becker home near Rossville will be held July 23 honoring their son, Steve, and his wife, Cheryl, who were married in New London, Conn., on May 14.

    All friends are invited to call between the hours of 2 and 4 p.m.

    Steve and Cheryl were married in New London while he was stationed there with the U. S. Marines. He was recently discharged after three years active duty with the Marines and is employed at Blue Cross-Blue Shield in Topeka. The couple is at home at 908 Wabash in Topeka.
    Last Modified 25 Dec 2019 23:02:50 
    Family ID F3993  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Documents
    Obituary- Becker, Steven
    Obituary- Becker, Steven
    Steve Becker born in Kansas City Missouri Oct. 25, 1946, and passed away December 30th, 2016 from lung cancer.

    Steve was raised in the Rossville community and graduated from Rossville High in 1964.

    Steve- is survived by his wife Sharon L. Becker, step children - Tina Hodge and Anthony Crowder. Sister Patty McQueen, brother in law Lee McQueen, niece Megan McQueen, nephew Kurt McQueen, grand niece Emma Roten. grand nephew DJ Murphy along with several Aunts, Uncles and Cousins including Pat Maffucci.

    Steve served in the Marine Corp from 1964 --- 1967, including 11 months in Vietnam as a machine gunner. He also served in the Honor Guard at military funerals. After his enlistment was up, Steve moved back to Topeka and went to work for Santa Fe. Starting as a draftsman, he worked up to being a pipe stress analyst. He helped develop facilities on the East Coast for Bechtel Corp. Steve also did classified work on satellites for Martin Marietta. He ended his career as a Contract Administrator for ENREL in Golden. Colorado.

    Steve loved being around family, playing Santa Claus at Christmas and watching the Broncos win the Super Bowl.