Obituaries

Darrel Lee Becker

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Darrel Lee Becker, 74, of Aliceville, Kansas, passed away at his home Sunday, March 17, 2019. He was born at the same farm home on April 6, 1944, the son of Arthur Herbert and Edna Betty (Roscher) Becker. He grew up on the farm, graduated from Westphalia High School in 1962, then attended Allen County Community College in Iola, Kansas. In 1964, he moved to Topeka, and took a job with Allis Chalmers. On July 21, 1974, he was united in marriage with Connie Sue Hadley at Topeka. His job as a manufacturing engineer continued as Allis Chalmers merged into Siemens, and in 1975 they relocated to Little Rock, Arkansas. Darrel retired in 2005, proud that he served 41 years with the same company. He was a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. After retirement, Darrel returned to Aliceville, where he enjoyed serving his church and community. Darrel's family was the most important thing in his life. He kept up with all of his kids and grandkids, and would beam with pride telling of their accomplishments. Darrel never met a stranger, and he never forgot a friend. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Eileen McGhee, and by his brothers Donald, Harold and Steven Becker. He is survived by his wife, Connie, of the home; two daughters, Carma Stanley (Don) of Georgetown, Kentucky, and Debra Baer (Mark), of Little Rock; seven grandchildren, Ben Stanley (Leslie), Katie Stanley (fiancé Dr. Kevin Ader), Amanda Whipple (Matthew), Dr. Stephanie Stanley, Kelsey Parsons (Cliff), Kyle Baer (fiancé Abby Gillam), and Karsen Baer; a great-granddaughter, Caroline Marie Parsons; a great-grandson, to be born in June, Whitt Adams Stanley; a sister, Janice Kellerman and husband Milo; sister-in-law, Mary Becker Ervin and brother-in-law, Richard McGhee; and many other relatives and good friends. Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, at Jones Funeral Home in Burlington, Kansas. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 22, 2019, at St. John Lutheran Church in Aliceville, with burial following at St. John Lutheran Cemetery. Memorial contributions to "St. John Lutheran Church" (elevator fund) may be sent in care of Jones Funeral Home, Box 277, Burlington, Kan. 66839.

Published March 20, 2019