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Philip J. Becker

April 12, 1960September 14, 2020
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Philip John Becker, age 60, of Chicago, passed away September 14, 2020. Beloved husband of Emily nee Roberts; loving father of Sarah; dear brother of Arthur (Nancy), Judy (the late William), Barbara (the late James), Ginny (James), Richard (Susan), and the late Joseph (Joanne); devoted son of the late Arthur and the late Dorothy nee Hein; cherished uncle, cousin, and friend of many. Phil will always be fondly remembered as a lover of all Chicago sports, crossword puzzles, Michigan camping, Monarch Beer, and for being a proud dual American & Luxembourg citizen.

Visitation will be held on Friday, September 18, 2020 3:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Drake & Son Funeral Home, 5303 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL. Final Viewing Prayers will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 9:00 am at Drake & Son Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 10:00 am at St. Gregory the Great Church, 5545 N. Paulina Street, Chicago, IL. Interment & Committal Service to follow at All Saints Catholic Cemetery, 700 N. River Road, Des Plaines, IL. In consideration of the safety of all our guests and associates, Drake and Son Funeral Home will adhere to the current gathering restrictions in the state of Illinois, which allows 50 or fewer guests at services. Proper social distancing must be practiced and all guests will be required to wear face masks at all times. Thank you for your cooperation.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, September 18, 2020

  • Final Viewing Prayers

    Saturday, September 19, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Saturday, September 19, 2020

  • Interment & Committal Service

    Saturday, September 19, 2020

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James Teister

September 19, 2020

Our sincerest condolences to the Becker Family on the loss of Phil. He will always be remembered as a kind and gentle person and as a good neighbor back in the earlier days. We usually only saw him at the Teister picnic and always enjoyed talking to him. He will be missed by all.

Mark Gundersen

September 19, 2020

To Rick and the entire Becker family and everyone from Saint Gregory the great parish the sun will come up tomorrow and we will always make it because we’re good God bless you and your family I’ve been praying for all of you Unfortunately I could not be with you today I’ll see you soon mark Gundersen

Cele Manning

September 18, 2020

My sympathy to all the Beckers, but especially to Emily and Sarah, at this difficult time. Phil was several years younger than me, and I didn't know him that well....other than to know he was a Becker! The Becker Family will always have a special place in the heart of the Manning Family. I don't know if you remember your kindness when you opened your home to us when we were experiencing a similar loss. We haven't forgotten. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Cele Manning

Jacquie Fraser-Toigo

September 18, 2020

My deepest condolences to Emily, Sarah and the entire Becker family. May your fond and wonderful memories of Phil bring you peace during this most difficult time. Loving thoughts and prayers to you all.

Sandy Grundy

September 18, 2020

Our deepest condolences to Phil's family and friends.

Sandy Grundy Valesh

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Ginny Teister Morton

September 18, 2020

Being best friends with Phil's sister Ginny I've known Phil when he was just a toddler. I had the pleasure of watching him grow into the sweetest, kindest, most gentle, loving guy. He became best friends with my brother Ed. Our Teister family lived down the alley. So many fun memories of Phil, and later in years he alone could make Ginny and I laugh, but when with Phil & Ed together the laughter became doubled into excruciatingly and hysterically super funny joyful laughter. Lifelong friends with too many awesome memories to mention. Like a brother to me Phil was. His wife Emily and daughter Sarah were his light, life and blissful joy. Phil will always live in my heart forever. Prayers and love to the Becker family. From the other Ginny.
Love always,
Ginny Teister Morton

Ed Teister

September 17, 2020

Dear Emily, Sarah, and the entire Becker family. Words alone cannot express how I am feeling about the devastating sudden loss of Phil. He was my closest friend, best man, and teammate in all of our adventures since probably age 5. I am priviledged to have known him and called him my best friend in his way too short time here on earth. It was great to have had one last camping trip Labor Day weekend with him, Emily and Sarah together laughing and doing what he loved to do. Emily mentioned to me the day after he passed that "On Eagles Wings" was his favorite funeral song and the very next day as I was driving on the highway I noticed a large bird flying overhead. When I got under it I saw it was a huge beautiful bald eagle. (I hadn't seen one in years). I knew at that moment that he was with me and soaring above and free from pain at last. This was no coincidence. Rest in peace my dear friend and faithful servant of the Lord and thank you for being such a good friend. Ed

Joe Janet

September 17, 2020

I was deeply sorry to hear of Phil’s passing, I have immense sympathy for those he left behind.
I have many fond childhood memories, spending time at the Becker’s home on Paulina and Gregory. Phil was one year behind me in school at St. Greg’s and Rick was one year ahead of me so we used to hang out at family gatherings and play in and around their home in the 60’s and early 70’s together. I remember hanging out at the their house and playing with Hot Wheels, listening to 45’s on the old portable record player, seeing who could pogo stick around the entire block without stopping, playing softball in the alley, basketball at Hartman’s garage and in the summer sometimes playing with fire crackers and fireworks, we were always careful to not get caught. One time we tried to concoct our own gun powder in the basement, I’m not sure what we, as 8 to 10-year old’s told the pharmacist to acquire salt peter. We went to several Cubs games together in the 1960’s with my Mom and Aunt Dorothy bringing us along, most likely on a Friday for Ladies day, we would sip our pops through the partially opened cellophane to let just the right amount out with each sip. I remember sneaking into Joe’s room, which at that time was on the upstairs back of the house and reading through his Mad magazines that he had under his bed. I remember playing outside with Phil and Rick while Uncle Art used to burn leaves in the fall season out in front on Paulina and a few piles down Gregory. Great memories from a simpler time. Rest in Peace Phil.

Cindi and Vince Stevens

September 17, 2020

Heaven has gained an Angel. We first met Phil at an awards ceremony/banquet for Sarah and our daughter, Victoria when they were high school. When they start bringing out the food, one of the servers offers Phil a plate of meatballs. He asked "what are they?" She replied, "Meatballs." He asked again. She responded again but a littler louder, "Meatballs!" By now we can't contain our laughter. But Phil, needed to ask more time, "what are they?" At the top of her lungs she responded, "MEATBALLS!" We nearly fell off our chairs! The server put the plate down and walked away. He started to eat a meatball and said "this is a meatball." And for that, he will always be remembered as "Meatball" to us. We hope he's enjoying meatballs in heaven! Rest in Peace Phil.

Dave Burman

September 17, 2020

Dear Becker Family,
We’re sharing in your sorrow with love and friendship. Please accept our deepest condolences and may Phil’s memory be eternal.
Dave and Marina Burman

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Biography

Philip John Becker, age 60, of Chicago, passed away September 14, 2020. Beloved husband of Emily nee Roberts; loving father of Sarah; dear brother of Arthur (Nancy), Judy (the late William), Barbara (the late James), Ginny (James), Richard (Susan), and the late Joseph (Joanne); devoted son of the late Arthur and the late Dorothy nee Hein; cherished uncle, cousin, and friend of many. Phil will always be fondly remembered as a lover of all Chicago sports, crossword puzzles, Michigan camping, Monarch Beer, and for being a proud dual American & Luxembourg citizen.

Visitation will be held on Friday, September 18, 2020 3:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Drake & Son Funeral Home, 5303 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL. Final Viewing Prayers will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 9:00 am at Drake & Son Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 10:00 am at St. Gregory the Great Church, 5545 N. Paulina Street, Chicago, IL. Interment & Committal Service to follow at All Saints Catholic Cemetery, 700 N. River Road, Des Plaines, IL. In consideration of the safety of all our guests and associates, Drake and Son Funeral Home will adhere to the current gathering restrictions in the state of Illinois, which allows 50 or fewer guests at services. Proper social distancing must be practiced and all guests will be required to wear face masks at all times. Thank you for your cooperation.

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