Marlin Arthur Becker, 79 of Meckling, passed away Friday, March 23, 2012 at the Sanford Vermillion Care Center in Vermillion.
Marlin Arthur 'Lefty' Becker was born April 18, 1932 to Fred and Regina (Schmidt) Becker near St. Helena, NE. He attended school through the eighth grade after which time his help was needed on the farm. He was inducted into the Army Dec. 8, 1952 and sent to Korea June 20, 1953. On July 11, 1953 his troop was called back from attacking Pork Chop Hill, soon after the truce was signed and on September 23, 1954 Sgt. Becker was honorably discharged. Afterwards 'Lefty' returned to Nebraska to work as a farmhand. On June 25, 1960 he married Dorene Orth of Lesterville, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Yankton. In March 1961 they moved to the Meckling area and began farming and raising their family: Timothy, Jeffrey and Julie. Marlin served on the Spirit Mound township board for many years and also the FMHA board. He was a lifelong member of the VFW and St Agnes Catholic church in Vermillion.
Survivors include his wife, Dorene and children, Tim Becker, Jeff (Jill) Becker and Julie Becker all of Meckling; two sisters, Marjorie Borgheiinck, Fullerton, NE and Bonnie Logue, Aurora, NE; in-laws Mary Becker, Hayward, CA, Sara Becker, Bandon, OR, Jayne Becker, Lakeport, CA, Ronald Orth, Scotland, Luverne and Verna Bierle, Webster City, IA, LeRoy and Laverna Orth, Ames, IA and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Vernon, Erwin (Bud), Ralph, Lawrence; and a sister, Betty Sayler; in-laws Allen Sayler, Jim Logue, Alfred Borgheiinck and Loraine Orth; father and mother-in-law, Peter and Alta Orth.
Funeral Mass was 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 27, at the St. Agnes Catholic Church in Vermillion with burial in the Calvary Cemetery in Vermillion. Visitation was Monday, March 26 beginning at 5 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. all at the church. hansenfuneralhome.com.