Larry L. Becker 1951-2013

Posted January 6, 2014 at 9:14 am

Larry L. Becker, Sr., 62, of Rockham, S.D., died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D., after a battle with cancer. Larry was cremated and a memorial graveside service with military rites will be Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 at 1 p.m. at the Rockham Cemetery. Reverend Tim Fugman will officiate. A time for fellowship and refreshments will follow at the Rockham Community Hall. Visit

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Larry was born May 31, 1951 to Marvin and Marion (Davis) Becker in Miller, S.D. He attended grade school in Miller and graduated from Faulkton High School in 1969. He served in the United States Army from 1969-1978, during this time he was stationed in Germany and served a year in Vietnam. He returned to South Dakota after his service and became a member of the South Dakota Army National Guard. Larry served in the National Guard from 1980-1994 until his retirement as a Staff Sergeant.

Larry was employed by the South Dakota Department of Transportation as a highway maintenance worker. He later worked as a truck driver with his brother, Calvin, in Nebraska. When his parents became ill he returned home to Rockham. During this time, he was employed at Rude Transportation as a night shift truck driver. Until his admittance to the VA Hospital, he was working at Rockham Feed and Seed tracking inventory and assisting customers.

Larry was a life member of the John J. Tomson American Legion Post #57 in Rockham, and enjoyed his involvement in the Post as the finance officer and other Legion activities.

His commitment to the military and Veterans was a great joy in his life. He was very proud of his children carrying on the military tradition in his family. Clifford served in the Marine Corps and Nicholette is still serving in the Colorado Army National Guard.

Larry enjoyed watching Westerns; John Wayne was his favorite actor. Sunday football was a mainstay in his house as well. Larry loved visits from his grandchildren and often got in trouble with their parents by feeding them chocolate. Larry was a loving father, grandfather, brother, and dear friend.

Larry is survived by his children: Clifford (Lana) Becker of Fischers, Ind.; Nicholette (Brandon) Marx, of Parker, Colo.; four grandchildren, Nathan, Melina, Grace and Chelsea. He is also survived by his two brothers and two sisters, Calvin (Joni) Becker of Monroe, Neb.; Michael (Deb) Becker of Groton, S.D.; Barbara (Eros) Williams of Sioux Falls, S.D. and Valerie (Darrel) Bleeker, also of Sioux Falls, S.D.

Larry was preceded in death by his son Larry L. Becker, Jr.; his parents; two cousins; and several aunts and uncles.

Larry L. Becker 1951-2013