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Walter W. Becker

Published on -9/25/2012, 9:11 AM

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Walter W. Becker, 98, died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, at Hays Medical Center.

He was born July 6, 1914, in southern Rush County to William "Bill" F. and Freda M. (Paulsen) Becker. He attended rural school at Pleasant Point District No. 24 and La Crosse High School.

He married Charlotte Blattner on May 27, 1934. He grew up on the farm, helping his father with farming and caring for cattle, sheep and horses. He worked for Standard Oil and then the Rozel Union Cooperative. He liked working but after seven years developed health problems from grain dust and decided to move to the family farm in 1943 after his parents moved to southeast Kansas.

He served as a board member on the Farmers Telephone Co., La Crosse. He later helped organize the Golden Belt Telephone Association, where he was a director. He was a school board member of USD 496 and also served on the FSA County Committee, Hays. He was elected to the board of directors for Central Kansas Electric Cooperative, Great Bend, later called Midwest Energy, Hays.

He was a member of First Baptist Church, Rozel, where he served as deacon and trustee. He later moved his membership to First Baptist Church, Hays.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Faye Klein and husband, Lyn, Hays, and Joyce Becker and husband, John Wade, Cape Girardeau, Mo.; a brother, Bob Becker, Mission; two sisters, Theresa Blattner, Littleton, Colo., and Mary Pollock, Upland, Calif.; two granddaughters, Dian Organ and husband, Daren, Colby, and Tami Norris and husband, Eric, Hays; a great-grandson, Dalaan Organ; and two great-granddaughters, Hannah and Isis Norris.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and three brothers, Harvey, Marvin and Wesley.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Brock's North Hill Chapel, 2509 Vine, Hays, KS 67601; burial will be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Fairmont Cemetery, Jetmore.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 9:30 a.m. until time of service Wednesday, both at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to Good Samaritan Society, Hays, or Hays First Baptist Church in care of the funeral home.

Condolences can be sent to the family by guestbook at www.keithleyfuneralchapels.com or emailed to keithley@ruraltel.net.

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