William Becker, Sr.

William Becker, son of John and Mary Kremer, was born June 16, 1892, at Exeter, Nebraska. January 21, 1958, he entered the Veterans Hospital at Lincoln and following an extended illness passed away April 23, 1958, at the age of 65 years, 10 months and 7 days.

He grew to manhood in the Exeter community, where he farmed prior to entering the U.S. Army in World War I. Mr. Becker was inducted at Fort Riley, Kansas, October 5, 1917, and served as a machine gunner in Company H, 128th Battalion,  35th Division during the battles of Belleau Wood, Chateau Thierry, St. Mihiel and the Argonne Forest. He returned to the states in May 1919 and received his discharge at Fort Dodge, Iowa.

February 11, 1920, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Kelly, in St. Stephen's Church in Exeter. They farmed in the Exeter and Geneva vicinities until 1956, when they retired to Exeter. To this union were born one son and three daughters.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, son William E., daughters Mrs. Elaine Hassler, Mrs. Leone Eckels of Edgar and Mrs. Jean Volkmer of Geneva, a daughter-in-law, three sons-in-law, 11 grandchildren, three brothers, four sisters, other relatives and a host of friends. Mr. Becker was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and two sisters.

Mr. Becker was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather, a man of integrity and high ideals. He was esteemed by all who knew him.

Funeral services, under the direction of the Farmer Funeral Home, were held Saturday, April 26, in St. Stephens's Church in Exeter with Msgr. H. H. Ingenhorst officiating at a Requiem Mass. Pallbearers were nephews, Herb Becker, Jerome P. Harre, Ralph Dumpert, James Geiger, Francis Becker and Roland Becker. Interment was in the Exeter Cemetery with the American Legion assisting in the burial rites, including a salute by the firing squad under the command of Harold Schneider.

Out of town relatives and friends attending the funeral were Mrs. Chris Judge, Mrs. Ed Humpel and Mrs. Max Hamik of Atkinson; Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Jansen of O'Neill; James Kelly of Lincoln; Mr. and Mrs. Leo Hoarty of Grafton; Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Volkmer of Shickley; Ed Aherns, John Woulf, Mr. and Mrs. John Burns, Mr. and Mrs. John Gill, Mrs. Doris Chase, all of Friend; Miss Emma Becker of Beaver Crossing; Mr. and Mrs. Gene Hoarty of Fairmont; Merlin Volker, Albert Gergen, Mr. and Mrs. John Becker of Geneva; Mrs. Louise Crick, Leonard Crick and Mrs. Sam Spitz of Hastings; Mrs. Rose Keenan and Jerry Keenan of Grafton; Rex Kelly of Kearney; Gerald Becker of Los Angeles, California; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Geiger and Mr. and Mrs. Jim Geiger of Utica; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kirkpatrick and Mr. and Mrs. John Burns Jr. of York,; Donald Becker of Fort Hood. Texas; and Mr. and Mrs. John Kelly of Shelton.



We take this means of expressing our heartfelt thanks to all who were so kind and sympathetic during the illness and following the death of our beloved husband, father and grandfather. Words can never measure our appreciation of the heart-warming acts of friendship and kindness. For the beautiful flowers, spiritual bouquets, cards, letters, kind words, food and acts of kindness extended to us during his long illness, we than you.

 Mrs. William Becker
Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Becker and Family
Mr. and Mrs. John Hassler and Family
Mr. and Mrs. Phil Eckels and Dick
Mr. and Mrs. Ervin Volkmer and Family


Nebraska Signal
Exeter, Nebraska
May 8, 1958


Elizabeth Margaret Kelly Becker

Elizabeth Margaret Kelly, daughter of Dennis and Katherine Kelly, was born July 24, 1894 near Milligan, Nebraska and departed this life Christmas Eve, December 26, 1969, at the age of 75 years and five months.

As a small child she came with her parents to a farm southeast of Exeter where she grew to adulthood.

Elizabeth was one of a family of 8 children, having five brothers and two sisters, three of whom preceded her in death, Edward in World War I and his twin sister Edna and a brother Henry in infancy.

She received her elementary school education in rural districts 5, 6 and 72 and St. Stephen's School, Exeter. She then attended Immaculate Conception Academy for girls in Hastings and completed her education at Teachers College, Fremont. She taught for several years in rural schools in the Exeter vicinity.

On February 11, 1920 in St. Stephen's Church, Exeter, she was united in marriage to Wm. Becker, who passed away April 23, 1958. They farmed for many years in the Exeter and Geneva communities. When Mr. Becker's health failed, they retied in 1956 and moved to Exeter.

Mr. and Mrs. Becker were the parents of four children, one son Wm. Jr., of Exeter and three daughters, Mrs. John (Elaine) Hassler, Mrs. Ervin (Jean) Volkmer both of Exeter and Mrs. Philip (Lenore) Eckles of Nelson. There are 13 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Becker was devoted to her home, family and church and took an active interest in all community affairs. She was always truly concerned for the welfare of the state and nation and saw her husband, brother, son, three sons-in-law and one grandson serve in the U.S. Armed Forces during times of war.

She was a member for many years of St. Stephen's Altar Society and the American Legion Auxiliary of which she was a Gold Star member.

She leaves to mourn her passing, beside her children and grandchildren, three brothers, John Kelly of Shelton, James of Lincoln and Leo of Exeter, and one sister, Mrs. Wm. Wilger of Exeter and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Saturday morning in St. Stephen's Catholic Church with Msgr. H. H. Ingenhorst officiating.

Pallbearers were six grandsons, Robert and Michael Becker, Dennis Volkmer and John P. Hassler of Exeter, Tom Hassler of Omaha and Richard Eckles of Kansas City, Missouri.

Interment was in the Exeter Cemetery. Farmer Funeral Home had charge of arrangements

Fillmore County News
Exeter, Nebraska
January 8, 1970