Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Duane "Sal" Becker of Kimball died Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at the St. Cloud Hospital, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was 70
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 19, at St. Anne's Catholic Church in Kimball with Fr. Tom Olson as Celebrant. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday, at the Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel in Kimball, and at the church one hour prior to services. There will be a prayer service at 5 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, and a rosary will be led by the Knights of Columbus St. Damien Council at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, at the church. Burial will follow the funeral at St. Anthony's Catholic Cemetery in Watkins.
Duane William "Sal" Becker was born Dec. 1, 1941, in St. Cloud to William and Francis (Eichers) Becker. He graduated from Kimball High School with the class of 1959. Duane served his country during the Vietnam War in the U.S. Navy, serving on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Intrepid. May 6, 1967, he was united in marriage to Jelda Joy Veness at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Watkins. Duane founded, owned and operated BecBro Incorporated, a drywall construction company, for more than 20 years, and Fire Trak Corp., a construction products manufacturer, for just under 20 years. He was a member of St. Anne's Catholic Church, where he was a trustee, Knights of Columbus St. Damien Council 11345, Order of Catholic Foresters, N.R.A., Watkins American Legion Post 0453, and the Wat-Kim-Valley VFW Post 5460. Duane was a past member of the International Code Council, ASTM, AWCI, was a past Kimball School Board member and a past president of the board at Kimball Golf Club. Sal enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing, and inventing.
Sal was preceded in death by his parents William and Francis; and brothers Daryl, Dave, and Delton.
He is survived by his wife Jelda; children and their spouses Robin (and Mark) Dockery of Sartell, Brian (and Kris) of Kimball, and Derek (and Tia) of Watkins; brother Dennis of Kimball; grandchildren Tyler, Regan, Jordan, Gabe, Ellie, Tommy and Andy.
Pallbearers will be Mark and Robin Dockery, Brian, Kris, Derek, and Tia Becker. Military honors will be provided. Frosty Schiefelbein, Tom Schreiner, and the St. Anne's Choir will provide the music for the service.