H. SCOTT BECKER
Scott Becker was born January 14, 1939 to Herbert Francis Becker and Irene Scott Becker in Spokane, WA. The family moved to Dayton, Washington a few months later, where Scott lived until March 1989 when he moved to Richland, Washington. He attended school in Dayton from 1945 to 1957, and during those early years was active in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. As a Boy Scout he learned how to use a rifle and received a Marksman award, a skill which he carried forward later in his military career where he excelled as a rifleman.
After graduation he moved to Portland, Oregon and completed three years of college, with a goal of getting a degree in Business Administration. His college education however ended abruptly with the death of his father in 1966, resulting in his moving back to Dayton to help with the family business—Scott Lumber Yard—where he was the owner/manager until 1988 when the business was sold. From 1966-1975, while he was managing the lumber yard business, he worked concurrently with his brother Bob at the family owned Rockhill Concrete Plant in Dayton.
After moving to Richland in 1989 he worked as a certified school bus driver for the Richland School District. In 1992 he then became a full-time employee with the City of Richland in the Parks and Recreation Department and later in the Facilities Department, a job which he thoroughly enjoyed until his retirement in May 2003. The people he worked with during this time became his friends, and he had a great farewell at his retirement party, leaving him with many fond memories.
Scott enjoyed people and liked talking to them and helping them whenever he could. As a young man he became a member of various service organizations, including the Masonic Lodge, where he was a past Master, and the Dayton Kiwanis Club, where he was a past President and awarded the Kiwanian of the Year Award in 1971. These organizations were important to him, and he maintained his membership until his death.
One of his major accomplishments was serving as a volunteer fireman in Dayton from 1966-1990, and then in the Benton County Fire Department from 19911996. The firemen in Dayton were like his brothers, and he has many fond memories of his experiences with them during those years.
From 1961 to 1967 he was a member of the Air National Guard Reserves and attended weekly meetings first in Spokane, WA and later in Portland, OR as well as serving two weeks each summer. He went through basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas where he was a flight leader.
On July 26, 1980 he married Janet, and they became a family with five sons between them. He treated his sons equally and loved them all dearly. The family has since grown to include 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, most of whom were able to visit him at the Hospice House in Richland before his passing. For that we are truly blessed.
During his years with Janet they started purchasing houses and created a rental business with the two of them becoming managers as well as performing all types of repairs and improvements. This provided great satisfaction to Scott working with Janet as a team.
Scott is a current member of the United Northwest Protestant Church in Richland, WA, as well as the First Congregational Church in Dayton. In Richland he enjoyed helping with lawn maintenance, especially the irrigation system, and helped with various other repairs at the church. He was active in the church choir and looked forward to singing every week during service.
Scott remained healthy throughout his life, but suffered a stroke in 2014, resulting in limited use of the left arm and leg. He went to therapy every weekday until he was able to lead a fairly normal life, even being able to drive his car. The second stroke on November 1, 2018 left him entirely paralyzed and on November 6, 2018, our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and greatgrandfather went peacefully to his Heavenly home. We will miss him and are so blessed to be his family.
He is survived by his wife, sons Ken (Andie) Becker, Ron (Carrie) Becker, Tim Marske, Steve (Dawn) Marske, and Daryl (Wendy) Marske, thirteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Robert Becker, and his only cousin Richard Becker.
A service is planned for November 24, 2018 at 3:00 PM at the United Northwest Protestant Church in Richland, Washington in conjunction with a Masonic ceremony. A graveside celebration of life will follow in the spring in Dayton, Washington.
Donations can be made to the Chaplaincy Hospice House, 1480 Fowler St., Richland, WA in remembrance of Scott. y y, oil painted at the Kennewick Senior Center while Helen china painted at the Pasco Senior Center. They enjoyed their home in Connell, their family, friends and former students; and especially their church family of 65+ years.
Jim is survived by his daughter Harriet Johnson, son Ken Johnson (Debbie), grandchildren Ben (Patricia), Wes (girlfriend Nakiya), Amanda, greatgranddaughter, Clementine, and his large extended family. We give special thanks to the staff of the Tri-Cities Retirement Inn, Hospice and Kadlec Medical Center for their wonderful loving care.
A celebration of Jim’s life will be held Saturday, November 17, 2018; 10:00am graveside at Connell Mountain View Cemetery followed by 11:00am memorial service at Connell United Methodist Church, 104 S. Burke Ave. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Connell United Methodist Church, PO Box 99, Connell, WA 99326 or your local Hospice.
Hillcrest Memorial Center of Kennewick, WA is handling the arrangements. We invite you to sign the online guest book at www.HillcrestMemorial Center.com.