Earl A. Becker, 78, of Athens, passed away peacefully on July 28, 2022 under the care of his family and Aspirus Hospice Home Care.
Earl was born at home on September 12, 1943 to the late LeRoy and Gertrude (Wilcox) Becker. He was baptized and confirmed . He graduated from Merrill High School class of 1963. He married the love of his life Judith (Utech) Becker on May 30, 1964, and proceeded to build his family.
Earl will be remembered for his quirky sense of humor, and his ability to start up a conversation with anyone. (Much to his children's chagrin) He loved spending time with family, puttering around his shop, going out to eat, and decorating the family yard for each holiday.
Earl worked for Fromm Brothers Inc. for several stints, he was a custodian at GD Jones Elementary School, and finally "retired" after 15 years from Fiskars Mfg.
He also assisted with Boy Scouts, Lutheran Pioneers, and Hamburg Happy Hearts 4-H Clubs. Earl liked to reminisce about the good old days of hunting and fishing, and in later years feeding and watching the birds and helping Judy with their Koi Fish Pond.
Earl is survived by his wife Judy and three children: Sherry (Wade) Ninnemann, Tim (Kris) Becker, and Cindy (Paul) Achterberg; Grandchildren: Nicole and Ryan Trumblay, Peter Achterberg, Amanda (Dan) Grover, Melissa Becker, Madison Scheel, Jacob (Kayla) Scheel, Tiffany (Adam) Ahrens; great grandchildren: Leala, Aubrey, Skarlette, and Benjamin Scheel, Lillie Grace Grover, and Lilly and Aspen Achterberg; and a great granddaughter due in November Elizabeth Lillie Ann Ahrens. Brothers: LeRoy "Sonny" Becker, Clarence Plisch, and Clifton (Kathy) Plisch, and sisters: Sally (Matt) Greenblatt, Maryann (Rod) Kropp and brother in law Will Kriehn. Earl also leaves numerous beloved nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Earl is preceded in death by his parents, grandson Kory Scheel, brothers: Frank (Arlene) Becker, Wayne Plisch, sisters: Donna (Jack) Smith, Mary Ellen (Don) Lang, Helen Ives, and sister in law, Judy Plisch.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 4th from 4 PM - 7 PM at Helke Funeral Home, 302 Spruce Street, Wausau. Visitation will continue on Friday, August 5th from 8:30 AM until the time of service at 10 AM at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 11329 Berlin Lane, Athen, WI. Interment will follow at St. Paul's Naugart Cemetery.
Earl's family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude to Aspirus Hospice Services and Ruth Nelson-Lau N.P. for the wonderful care they provided.