Darrel Lee Becker, 74, of Alice-ville, passed away unexpectedly at his home on 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, attending St. John Lutheran and Aliceville schools, and graduating from Westphalia High School in 1962. He then attended junior college at Allen County Community College in Iola.
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 St. Paul Lutheran Church in Topeka. His job as a manufacturing engineer continued as Allis Chalmers merged into Siemens in 1975, and they relocated to Little Rock, Ark. 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. An early riser, Darrel was in charge of getting the coffee made at Tastoves Garage or at the Co-op in Westphalia.
Darrels 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 and husband Don of Georgetown, Ky., and Debra Baer and husband Mark, of Little Rock, Ark.; seven grandchildren, Ben Stanley and wife Leslie, Katie Stanley and fiancé Dr. Kevin Ader, Amanda Whipple and husband Matthew, Dr. Stephanie Stanley, Kelsey Parsons and husband Cliff, Kyle Baer and 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.
The family will receive friends for visitation from 7 to 8 oclock on Thursday evening at Jones Funeral Home in Burlington.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, 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, KS 66839.