Howard E. Becker, 91, of Cambridge, died Thursday, May 29, 2014, at Kewanee Care Nursing Home. Cremation has been accorded and a graveside committal service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 3 rd at Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge, with military services by the Don Cherry VFW Post 5083. Rev. Dan Wright will officiate. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to the Howard Becker Memorial Fund. Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Services, Cambridge, is assisting the family.
Howard Edward Becker was born July 31, 1922 in Savannah, Illinois, the son of Edward F. and Sylvia G. Labore Becker. He graduated from East Moline High School in 1942 and served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1942 to 1946. Howard was stationed in Oahu, Hawaii and completed a school for Evans Carlson Raiders Battalion. He attended Augustana College in Rock Island majoring in law, for three years following his military service. His marriage to Joyce Reilly Underwood took place on May 6, 1989 in Henderson, Illinois.
His employment consisted of being a sales representative for National Cash Register for over 20 years, retiring in 1978. He sold systems for cash registers, accounting machines, and data processing for various retail and commercial businesses. Howard served on the Knox County Deputy’s Posse for eight years following his retirement. His memberships include the Geneseo Moose Lodge No. 990, the Don Cherry VFW Post 5083, Geneseo, and the First Baptist Church of Cambridge. He enjoyed flower gardening and fishing.
Those surviving are his wife, Joyce, sons and daughters-in-law, Greg and Cindy Becker, Andalusia, Todd Becker, Dyer, IN, Ron and Andrea Becker, Dyer, IN, a daughter and son-in-law, Gayle and Don Straight, DeSoto, IA, step sons and step daughters-in-law, Brett and Jennifer Underwood, Bryan and Sue Underwood, and Grady and LaVon Underwood, all of Cambridge. Other survivors include 19 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. His parents, a sister, and two brothers preceded him in death.