Carl E. Becker, 89, of Fort Wayne, passed away at 12:31 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
Born May 7, 1923, in Pulaski County, he was the son of Peter and Matilda (Moise) Becker.
He graduated from Winamac High School with the Class of 1941. Carl served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1943-46.
He has been an Allen County resident since 1946. On Jan. 10, 1948, he married Mildred A. Ross at St. Paul Catholic Church. He worked at International Harvester/Navistar, Fort Wayne, retiring with 34 years of service. Carl was a member of St. Patrickâ€™s Catholic Church, Arcola and the UAW.
Surviving relatives include his daughter, Betty J. Nitz of Albuquerque, N.M.; five sons, Ronald P. (Alice) Becker of Stockbridge, Ga., Nicholas C. (Ginger) Becker of Kansas City, Mo., Michael J. (Debra) Becker of Covington, Ga., Timothy P. (Patricia) Becker of Fort Wayne, Edward C. (Mary) Becker of Fort Wayne; 11 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; one sister, Pauline Fites of Winamac and two brothers, Thomas (Francis) Becker of South Bend and Jack (Mary Catherine) Becker of Winamac.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mildred; four brothers, Clem, Ralph, Richard and Eugene Becker; four sisters, Alberta Wank, Helen Johnson, Mary Lou Dorniesfiee and Joan Beehler.
Visitation will be held Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Dr., Columbia City.
A Rosary service will be held at 4:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral mass will be held Monday 10 a.m. at St. Patrickâ€™s Catholic Church with Father Alex Dodrai officiating.
The burial will follow at St. Patrickâ€™s Catholic Cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by the Whitley County Korean War Veteranâ€™s Honor Guard. Memorials may be given in memory of Mr. Becker to the masses. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
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