Ronnie "Bonka" R. Becker

November 17, 1944May 24, 2011

. Ronnie Raymond Becker (Bonka)

Ronnie was born at home on November 17, 1944 to Ed Becker and Irene (Koenning) Becker. He was baptized at St. John Lutheran Church in Detmold, Texas on June 3, 1945 by Theodore Bogisch. He graduated Thorndale High School in 1963. He was confirmed by Pastor Elton Bauerkemper on December 20, 1964 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Dallas, Texas.

Ronnie married Angie (Schneider) on July 11, 1964. They had two children Michael and Kirk Becker.

Ronnie is survived by his wife Angie Becker, two sons Michael Becker and friend Nell Caffey, Kirk Becker and wife Jami. Three grandchildren Macy, MaKenzie and Kade Becker, brothers Eugene Becker and wife Wilma from Austin, Dennis Becker and wife Jane from Thorndale, sisters Better Davis of Irving and Linda Lugg and husband Dennis of Aransas Pass sister-in-law Gracie Cargill and husband James of Thorndale, brother-in-law Kelton Schneider and wife Alice.

He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers Jerry Becker and Bill Ray Becker and brother-in-law Glenn Davis.

He was employed at Taylor Mfg. American Desk over 30 years and was most recently employed by Floyd’s Glass Co for the past 15 years.

Ronnie was a big supporter at the St. Paul Lutheran School and Church. He served many years as an Elder, Financial Secretary, School Board and greeter at church. For many years he was a basketball and football referee and was always there to cheer and boost the teams.

Ronnie was also a big supporter for the Thorndale High School. Shortly after graduation he started running the clock for the football games, in 1986 he handed down the job of running the clock to his sons and accepted the job of announcing the football games after Newton Butts decided to retire. At the time of his death Ronnie still faithfully enjoyed doing the announcing. Ronnie also enjoyed running the clock for the basketball teams for 43 years and continued doing so until his death. In 1986 Ronnie received the Meritorious Award from the Chamber of Commerce. In 1988 he also received the Outstanding Citizen Award from the Thorndale Chamber of Chamber of Commerce. On July 19, 2007 he suffered a cardiac arrest, stroke and seizure, but after spending 31 days in Scott & White Hospital in Temple, he returned home and continued announcing the games and running the clock. He was known by many as the “Miracle Man” having survived the ordeal.

Pall bearers are: Craig Becker, Chris Becker, Heath Cargill Chris Cottle, Clint Davis, Keith Davis, Brackin Finney, Marty Irwin, John Kropp, and Bradley Shirocky.

Honorary Pallbearers are: His many relatives, friends and co-workers.

Memorials in his name may be given to St. Paul Lutheran Church General Fund – P.O. Box 369 Thorndale, Tx 76577 or to Thorndale Ex Students Association – P.O. Box 393 Thorndale, Tx 76577.


  • Visitation Friday, May 27, 2011
  • FUNERAL SERVICE Saturday, May 28, 2011

Ronnie "Bonka" R. Becker

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Cynthia & George Galbreath

May 31, 2011

Ronnie you will be greatly missed by many far and near. Angie, Michael and Kirk be strong God gave you a few years longer with him. His job was done and God wanted him to come home! Remember he is not gone, just away! We will all be together again one day! Love you all!

Donna Wilkes-Husemann

May 31, 2011

God Bless the Becker family at this time of great loss. I worked with Ronnie at American Desk back in the 1980's. He was a hard worker, never did anything at a slow pace. He was quiet and always had a smile on his face. I know he will be missed by many.

Lucille Foglesong

May 30, 2011

Angie, Michael, Kirk and other members of this special family,
Ronnie and you carry a special place in my heart and always will. Words alone will not make your sorrow hurt less but maybe they will in some way let you know how we hurt for your pain. My thoughts and prayers are with you and may the memories of the time together here on earth help you endure the days until we all see each other in our eternal home. Love and blessings. Always, Lucille Foglesong

Pat and Larry Helbert

May 29, 2011

Angie, Mike and Kirk - our love and prayers are sent to you to give you the comfort you need right now. Ronnie was very special to so many people and made an everlasting impression to all he met. Only God can heal your heart, and of course his memories will remain forever. Love to you all!!!

Becky Merkord

May 28, 2011

You and Ronnie are so special to me and to mom and dad as well. I know that God is walking with you during this difficult time and I pray that you will find a measure of peace in His love and the many special memories you have. Revelations 2:10
Becky Merkord

Fred and Imelda Arteaga

May 28, 2011

Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.

Ronnie Sexton

May 27, 2011

For the 12 years I lived in Thorndale by Ronnie and Angie as a neighbor, Ronnie was always on the go, but never to bust to stop and visit, if only for a few moments. I’ll always remember his willingness to help someone out whenever they need help. Ronnie will certainly be missed, not only by his family, but by his many friends. My thoughts and prayers are with Angie and the rest of the family.

Estelle Zimmerman

May 27, 2011

My deepest sympathy to Angie and family. Ronnie and I occasionally disagreed whether a bad baseball play should be a hit for one team and error for other - but I cannot imagine a ball game without him. From personal experience I know that our Lord will help you get through the coming days.

Dodi Tomancak

May 27, 2011

Angie and Family- I can't find the words to express to you how sad I am for your loss. Ronnie was a very good man. You don't get any better. I know how devastating this is to you, as I lost my dad a few years ago and it rocked my world, but I know you know Ronnie is in a good place now and not suffering anymore. We never get over the pain, but it gets better. Love to you all- Dodi Tomancak and family

May 26, 2011

Angie and family,
Herman and I send our deepest sympathy to you and your family on the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. God Bless you
Herman and Joy Teinert