Arthur Bernard Becker, age 86, of Yankton, South Dakota, died on Sunday, December 10, 2017 at Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, December 15, 2017 at 10:30 am at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Yankton with Rev. Scott Traynor officiating. Burial will be in the Beaver Creek Cemetery in Crofton, Nebraska with military honors provide by the Ernest-Bowyer VFW Post 791 and the Patriot Guard. Visitation will be on Thursday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm with a Rosary at 6:45 pm and a Vigil Service at 7:00 pm at St. Benedict Catholic Church. Visitation will begin at 9:30 am on Friday at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Yankton.
Pallbearers are Sara Rogers, Jill Ward, Eric Ward, Melicia Zimola, Amy Westrum, Mark Smith, Katie Stutzman, Tony Becker and Alex Becker.
Arthur Bernard Becker was born on April 20, 1931 to Arthur and Helen (Wuebben) Becker. Art's mother died shortly after his birth, so he was raised by many relatives in the St. Helena, NE area. He graduated from Holy Trinity High School in 1950 and served in the Army from September 1952 thru July of 1953. Art married Marjorie Tramp on July 7, 1954. They had three children. Prior to 1960, he did custom corn shelling and truck mechanic work for his father-in-law, B.A. Tramp in South Yankton, NE. Art and Marge moved to Yankton in 1960 and purchased a home on Riverside Drive, where they lived until he moved to Avera Sister James Care Center. Their friends affectionately called them "River Rats". Art was known in the area as one of the best auto mechanics around. He worked for various garages in the Yankton and Northeast Nebraska area prior to opening Art's Muffler Service in Yankton in 1972. The original building burned down in 1978 and was rebuilt with a larger updated shop and had one of the first custom exhaust tube benders in the region. Art had the joy of watching his grandchildren grow as his daughter, Joleen, and his wife helped to manage the business while the grandchildren played in the office. In 1987, Art's son, Gary entered into the business partnership and Gary's wife, Renee, worked as the secretary. Art found working with his children and wife rewarding as you can face the problems and joys together. Art's reputation for honesty and keeping up with the changing times helped to fulfill his goal "A job well done at a fair price." After Art retired in 2003, he spent many hours enjoying the river and the scenic sunsets which he talked about fondly during his time at Majestic Bluffs. He also enjoyed the antics of the numerous birds and squirrels that he fed along the river bank. Art had a tremendous love of animals and he and Marge had numerous dogs during their lives together. He found much comfort in the "house dogs" at Majestic Bluffs.
Art enjoyed fishing, camping, and anything his family had an interest in at the time. Summer or winter weekends would find Art towing his kids and their friends behind the boat or snowmobile. Many kids learned to ski behind his 35hp motor boat. Art's favorite saying, that he lived by as well as passing on to his kids was, "main thing is, don't get excited". He had a great sense of humor and enjoyed teasing his grandchildren. He was known to pass legends and myths on to them as truths that they will reminisce about to this day. Art was a quiet man, but had the ability to provide profound one liners that left many people chuckling with him. He passed on his artistic ability to his daughter, Charleen, by introducing her to drawing. Art was a member of St. Benedict Catholic Church and The Center. It is hard to recall all the lives Art has touched and the memories made in his 86 years of life.
Art is survived by Marge, his wife of 63 years; daughters, Joleen (Randy) Smith and Charleen (Elmer) Ward; son, Gary (Renee) Becker, all of Yankton; nine grandchildren and their spouses; 21 grandchildren with another expected in July and many nieces and nephews.
Art was preceded in death by his parents and three siblings, Odilo and Xavier Becker and Elizabeth Schmidt.
Memorials are preferred to The Center, Southeast CASA or the Yankton Humane Society.
Messages will be reviewed and posted within 1 business day.
I wish to extend my deepest sympathy on the loss of Art. He was a great person, and remember him in my prayers.
Rev. Michael D. Schmitz
To Marge and all of Art's family I offer my sympathy. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
I want to extend our deepest sympathy on the passing of Art. I always think about Art as the mechanic at B.A Tramp Oil in South Yankton. That was my first job out of high school. I enjoyed and learned a lot working with Art and always remember that smile of his.
Ken & LaLonnie Hoebelheinrich
So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers going out to the family
You have my deepest sympathy in the loss of Art. May God grant you the peace and strength to deal with the grief. Hang on to the good memories.
I'm very sorry for your loss. Sending warm thoughts your way.
TO AUNT MARGE AND ALL THE FAMILY, MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYER ARE WITH YOU ALL, ARTY WILL BE MISSED BY ALL.
WITH LOVE, JEAN AND JERRY CHEATHAM
Sorry for the loss of you dad Gary
Joleen & Randy - I am so sorry for your family's loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers!
To the family of Art Becker. Sorry for your loss. Prayers.
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