Russell C. Becker, 88
April 26, 1927 — April 3, 2016
Russell C. Becker, 88, of West Bend, entered eternal peace Sunday, April 3, 2016, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, West Bend.
He was born April 26, 1927, to the late Arthur and Ida (nee Kuester) Becker in West Bend. He attended a small country school in North Trenton township when growing up and graduated from West Bend High School in the class of 1944. After high school he worked at the Slinger foundry. On June 29, 1948, he was united in marriage to Clara (Joynell) Hoffmann. He worked for the Gehl Co. and retired as maintenance supervisor after 37 years of service. Over the years he built several log homes, including a number of beautiful lake homes. He enjoyed vacationing at his cabin in Clam Lake. Russell and Clara visited every state in America. He loved his country, enjoyed animals and was a member of the NRA. Russell was a wise and fair man and as a father he loved his children with all of his heart and always took time to listen. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Those Russell leave behind to cherish his memory includes his best friend and loving wife of 68 years, Clara; four children and a special sister-in-law, Jeanette “Snooks” (Donald) Warnecke of Wausau, Gale (Frank) Warnecke of West Bend, Karl (Sandra) Becker of West Bend, Lora (Tom) Tucek of Cable and Lana (David) Fechter of West Bend; 11 grandchildren, Russell (Linda Cochenet-Warnecke) Warnecke, Chad (Becky) Warnecke, Karie (Andy) Kahrs, Kellie (Chad) Marquardt, Stacy Becker, Jeremy (Twylia Dailey) Tucek, Timothy (Albi) Tucek, Melissa (David) Karas, Rebecca (R. Cory) Fox, Joy (Scott) Schultz and Buckley Fechter; 19 great-grandchildren, Sienna Warnecke, Wyatt Russell Warnecke, Mariah Warnecke, Alyssa Warnecke, Mason Sebeny, Landon Becker, Kaden Kahrs, Kylie Kahrs, Jace Tucek, Brayden Tucek, Tommy Tucek, Riley McElfresh, Roman Karas, Asher Karas, Dylan Jenson, R. Caleb Fox, Kinlee Lora Fox, Kail Schultz and Sage Schultz; six step-great-grandchildren, Tanner Lauter, Koltin Lauter, Brett Lauter, Stephanie Lauter, Gabriella Allen and Sofi Allen; and other relatives and friends.
In addition to his parents, Russell is preceded in death by a great-granddaughter, Avah Elizabeth; his brother, A. Raymond Becker; sister, Pearl (Allen) Renk; and his black lab, Jack.
A funeral service in remembrance of Russell will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 10, at the Myrhum-Patten Funeral Home (1315 W. Washington St., West Bend).
The family will greet relatives and friends from 1 p.m. until the time of service Sunday at the funeral home.
A special thank you to Dr. Holcomb for providing years of health care and friendship to Russell. Also, thank you to all the kind, caring and knowledgeable teams provided to Russell from the police officers, ambulance crew, staff and doctors at St. Joseph’s Hospital.
The Myrhum Patten Miller & Kietzer Funeral Homes have been entrusted with Russell’s arrangements. Additional information and guest book may be found at www.myrhum-patten.com.