Larry D. Becker
November 2, 1935 – November 9, 2020
Larry D. Becker, 85, of O’Fallon, Ill. born November 2, 1935 in Concordia, Missouri passed away November 9, 2020 at his residence.
Larry’s childhood was spent in Concordia, Missouri where he was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. He attended St. Paul’s elementary school and St. Paul’s high school. Larry was a 1958 graduate of Concordia Teachers College in Seward, Nebraska, and a 1970 graduate of Central Missouri State University with a Master’s degree in Education. Through the years, Larry served the Lord as a teacher and principal in six Lutheran schools – from 1956-60 at Trinity in Nashville, Ill; 1961-70 at Holy Cross in Emma MO; 1970-89 at St. John’s in Ellisville, MO; 1989-92 at Immanuel in Giddings, Tex.; and from 1992 till his retirement in 1997 as Principal at Zion Lutheran in Belleville, Ill. Following his retirement after 39 years of teaching in 1997, Larry went on serve as the interim Principal for one year at Trinity in Hoffman, Ill. He also trained as a leader in the National Lutheran Schools Accreditation process and served on four evaluation teams. In his free time, Larry was an avid reader and enjoyed drives through the country, symphony music, and traveling.
Larry was preceded in death by his first wife of 33 years, Norma, nee Luebke, Becker, who died May 3, 1996; his parents, Hebert A. and Olga B., nee Wolpers, Becker; and a brother, Paul Becker.
He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara, nee Dehnbostel, Becker whom he married Dec. 21, 1996; two daughters, Carla (Kenneth) Roupe and Kelly (Craig) Aukamp; a step-son, Lance (Natalie) Stafko; seven grandchildren, Cassidy Roupe, Samantha (Garrett) Brooks, Nathan Aukamp, Lydia Aukamp, Sarah Aukamp, Scott (Jackie) Mortimer, and a step-granddaughter, Allyson Stafko.
Per Larry’s wishes, his remains were donated to Washington University School of Medicine in the hope that he could continue to be of service to mankind even after his passing. A Celebration of Life which was originally scheduled for Nov. 23 has been postponed due to the pandemic and will be held at a later date. While Covid-19 restrictions prevent a formal visitation or fellowship meal, the family encourages the sharing of condolences and memories at www.lakeviewfuneralhm.com . Additionally, you can write to the family c/o Barbara Becker at The Colonnade in O’Fallon, Ill.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to Lutheran Hour Ministries, 660 Mason Ridge Center Drive, St. Louis, MO 63141.
Lutheran Hour Ministries
660 Mason Ridge Center Drive, St. Louis, MO 63141
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Larry D. Becker
November 15, 2020
My sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with you and family in this sad moments of your loss which also highly impacted me and our neighbors. Not once have I not though of Larry and you when I drive by your house for as of today , in my mind, you still live there. Good memories of Larry in the chair waiving a hello to all of us, and of all the good times we had at the parties in your yard. He was always a true gentleman and you both made great hostesses .
Now that Larry is physically gone you have to take care of yourself on his behalf. Do not forget that you have many people that love and care for you. May God bless you and help you in this loss.
I want to remind you that here you have a house and a friend , and do not forget our neighborhood for you are still part of us.
Muchos carinos, Carmen Perez
Mike & Bonnie Loftus
November 15, 2020
Dear Barb, We were so sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. We’ll always remember him sitting outside with Joe talking and waving to everyone that went by. He always had a smile on his face. You and your family have our deepest sympathy.
Mike and Bonnie Loftus