OBITUARY

John Paul Becker

September 5, 1940May 13, 2018

John Paul Becker, age 77, Kansas City, Missouri, passed away May 13, 2018, of pulmonary fibrosis at his residence surrounded by his family.

John was born on September 5, 1940 to Francis and Loretta Becker in Kansas City, Missouri. He graduated from De La Salle Military Academy High School in 1957 and Rockhurst University with a B.S. in Business Administration in 1961. After graduating, he served honorably in the Army until 1965 as part of an Intelligence division in the Philippines and Washington D.C. John learned how to manage a business starting at age 12 by working with his father at I. Donnelly, where he eventually became a partner. Starting in 1978 until retirement, John owned and managed Comfort Sales, an HVAC distribution company, with a team who became lifelong friends. Above all, John was a selfless, humble, and devoted husband and father.

John is preceded in death by his parents, Francis and Loretta, and his sister, Loretta Frances. He is survived by his brother, Michael.

John will lovingly be remembered by his wife of 48 years, Patricia Ann Becker, and his children, Mary Ann (Jordan), Patrick (Lindsay), David (Julie), and his granddaughters, Addison and Avery.

Visitation will be from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM on Saturday, May 19, followed by a Memorial Service at 2:00 PM at Mt. Moriah, Newcomer & Freeman Funeral Home, 10507 Holmes Road, Kansas City, Missouri.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made in John's name to:

STM-for-All (a St. Thomas More Parish Ministry), 11822 Holmes Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64131; (816) 942-0838; https://www.stmkc.com/community-life/stm-for-all/

and/or

Kansas City Hospice Foundation, 1500 Meadow Lake Parkway, Suite 200, Kansas City, Missouri 64114; (816) 363-2600; https://www.kchospice.org/donate/

  • FAMILY

  • Francis Becker (deceased), Father
  • Loretta (White) Becker (deceased), Mother
  • Loretta Frances (deceased), Sister
  • Michael Becker, Brother
  • Patricia Ann (Neisen) Becker, Wife
  • John also will lovingly be remembered by his children, Mary Ann (Jordan), Patrick (Lindsay), David (Julie), and his granddaughters, Addison and Avery.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, May 19, 2018
  • Memorial Service Saturday, May 19, 2018
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John Paul Becker

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Tom Zimmerman

May 18, 2018

May 18, 2018


Remembering Johnny,

I am so sorry to learn of Johnny’s passing. It has been in my thoughts all week since I learned. I live in California and haven’t had an opportunity to see Johnny in years. But some people have been such a part of my life that I carry them in my heart even over time and distance. Johnny is one of those persons.

I owe a lot to Johnny.

The first time I knew of Johnny was through Pat. She was always talking about her boss and how she looked up to him. At the time, I thought that was nice, but it never occurred to me that she would marry him. One of the things she told was that she mentioned to her boss that she didn’t understand what people saw in baseball when they would be at games and look bored. Her boss said that for some people being at the game was the only time they could relax. That was the value. I never go to a game without remembering that.

Then, Pat married the boss.

I got to know Johnny first hand without the second hand stories. And he was good to get to know. I loved Johnny. He was everything I wasn’t and we were friends. Johnny taught me how to BBQ on the grill. Or at least he added to the little bit I already knew. There is something special about guys discussing over the grill. It is enduring.

Johnny was my business man alter ego. Business was not my wheel house. It was Johnny’s. He tried to teach me something. He even loaned me his Earl Nightingale tapes that I listened to while I shaved. Mr. Nightingale taught that you find your passion, keep doing it and it will become your profession. That was Johnny kind of thinking. I took it to heart. I don’t think I ever returned those tapes. They are probably in a box somewhere.

There are many, many memories. My heart and prayers go out to Pat and the kids. Rest in peace, Johnny. We have many memories and stories to tell when we are back together in heaven.

Tom Zimmerman, a friend.

FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

John Paul Becker, age 77, Kansas City, Missouri, passed away May 13, 2018, of pulmonary fibrosis at his residence surrounded by his family.

John was born on September 5, 1940 to Francis and Loretta Becker in Kansas City, Missouri. He graduated from De La Salle Military Academy High School in 1957 and Rockhurst University with a B.S. in Business Administration in 1961. After graduating, he served honorably in the Army until 1965 as part of an Intelligence division in the Philippines and Washington D.C. John learned how to manage a business starting at age 12 by working with his father at I. Donnelly, where he eventually became a partner. Starting in 1978 until retirement, John owned and managed Comfort Sales, an HVAC distribution company, with a team who became lifelong friends. Above all, John was a selfless, humble, and devoted husband and father.

John is preceded in death by his parents, Francis and Loretta, and his sister, Loretta Frances. He is survived by his brother, Michael.

John will lovingly be remembered by his wife of 48 years, Patricia Ann Becker, and his children, Mary Ann (Jordan), Patrick (Lindsay), David (Julie), and his granddaughters, Addison and Avery.

Visitation will be from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM on Saturday, May 19, followed by a Memorial Service at 2:00 PM at Mt. Moriah, Newcomer & Freeman Funeral Home, 10507 Holmes Road, Kansas City, Missouri.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made in John's name to:

STM-for-All (a St. Thomas More Parish Ministry), 11822 Holmes Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64131; (816) 942-0838; https://www.stmkc.com/community-life/stm-for-all/

and/or

Kansas City Hospice Foundation, 1500 Meadow Lake Parkway, Suite 200, Kansas City, Missouri 64114;
(816) 363-2600; https://www.kchospice.org/donate/