Obituary of Kenneth Matthew Becker
Kenneth M. Becker was born on June 25, 1937 in Buffalo, NY to Matthew and Emily (Jaworski) Jablonski. After the death of his father, Ken was adopted by Emily's second husband, Lester Becker. Ken attended Infant of Prague Catholic Grammar School and Cleveland Hill High School and graduated from the University of Buffalo, NY in1959 with a BA in Political Science. He was inducted into the University of Buffalo Athletic Hall of Fame in 1987 for Track and Field.
After College graduation he entered the USAF. Ken married Deanna “Dee” Sweet on August 26, 1961 while training at Mather AFB, CA. During his AF career Ken was a Navigator/ WSO on B-47s: (Pease AFB, NH); C141s: (Dover AFB, DEL); RF-4s: (Kadena AFB Okinawa and Udorn AFB, Thailand), and F-111s: Cannon AFB, NM and Upper Heyford AFB, England); retiring with the rank of Lt. Col at Mtn. Home AFB, ID. While in the AF he was active in coaching his son's Little League Baseball Team:(Upper Heyford AFB, England).
Ken was active at St. Marks Catholic Church as an Usher, Eucharistic Minister and in the Stewardship Council.
Ken chose Idaho for retirement because of his love of fishing and hunting. After retiring from the AF in 1979 he earned another BA in Accounting from Boise State University and started his own tax/investment company, Triple Check/Associated Tax Service, retiring in 2014. He earned designations of EA: Enrolled Agent (IRS) and CFP: Certified Financial Planner.
He is survived by his wife, Dee Becker and children: Susan Gnat (Gary), Scott Becker (Dawna) and James Becker; grandchildren: Wheeler Gnat (Sandra), Amber Gnat Luby (Dave), Ryan Becker (Terisa) and Shelbie Becker Jones, Nick Binks, Nicole Vollmer (Mike); great grandchildren: Emma, Lucas, Walter, Westin, Kati and Maya; siblings: Sharon Isham (Sam), Patti Santoro (Tom), Garry Becker (Dawn) many beloved nieces and nephews.
Services will be held on Friday, January 6th at St. Mark’s Catholic Church, recitation of the rosary at 10 AM with mass to follow at 11 AM. Military honors and committal service will follow at 2 PM at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery. Services are under the care of Accent Funeral Home and Cremation. Remembrances may be left for the family at www.AccentFuneral.com.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Kenneth Becker, please visit Tribute Store