|Birth: ||Apr. 22, 1926|
|Death: ||Jun. 3, 2012|
Albert D. Becker, 86, passed away on Sunday, June 3, at MeadowView assisted living facility, where he had lived for the last 2 ½ years. He was born on April 22, 1926 at Brush, CO to Elizabeth (Schmer) and David Becker, who were first-generation Germans from Russia.
The family moved to the Keenesburg area in 1935 and to Prospect Valley in 1940, where Albert attended Prospect Valley High School. He was drafted before completing his senior year of high school, entering the Army on November 28, 1944. He served as company clerk and typist for nearly a year and a half in various units at the Infantry Replacement Training Center, Camp Fannin, TX, and at the Armored School, Ft. Knox, KY, and was honorably discharged on August 12, 1946
He married Esther Baumgartner on February 6, 1945 in Tyler, Texas. He began farming in 1952 and farmed in the Prospect Valley area for approximately 50 years, raising sugar beets, pinto beans, barley, corn, wheat, sunflowers, and other crops, winning numerous awards as a High Ten sugar beet producer and a top barley grower for Coors. He was also a realtor for several years, specializing in agricultural properties, and served on the Weld County Selective Service Board from 1970-75. He enjoyed many fishing, hunting and camping trips with his family. After his retirement from farming in 1991, he and Esther traveled all over the world, including Europe, Australia, Alaska, Hawaii and Mexico. They were members of the North 40 Motorhome club and traveled to all 50 states with this group.
In 2005 he received his high school diploma from Weld Central High School, 61 years after being drafted out of high school to serve in World War II, receiving a standing ovation from a crowd of 1,000 people and 98 fellow members of the graduating class. He was a member, trustee and deacon of the Zoar Congregational Church in Prospect Valley and served at various times as a member of the Board of the Roggen Farmer's Elevator Association and Consumer Oil Co. and was a member of the Brighton Elks Lodge. After moving to Greeley, Albert and Esther belonged to St. Paul's Congregational Church and the Evans Senior Center where they continued many old friendships and made numerous new friends. In October 2009 they moved to Meadow View assisted living facility in Greeley and celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary there in 2010.
Albert was preceded in death by his parents, David and Elizabeth Becker; and by his brother, Raymond Becker.
Esther Baumgartner Becker (1927 - 2012)
Linn Grove Cemetery
Created by: McKenzie
Record added: Apr 24, 2013
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