In the death of John Becker who passed away at his home here Sunday morning, this community mourns the loss of a pioneer citizen who had lived in this community since 1881. Mr. Becker did his full share in the development of this community and was held in high esteem by a great number of friend who sincerely sympathize with the bereaved relatives.
John Becker was born November 3, 1857 in Rhine province, Kreis Saarlouis, Germany. He came to America on March 3, 1873, with his parents who homesteaded near Friend, Nebraska.
He was married to Miss Anna Gerhart at Friend on May 1 1881 and later in the same year came to Exeter and began farming on the place now occupied by his youngest son, Alphonsus. Nine children were born to this union. They continued to live on the same farm until 1917, when they built a large modern home in north Exeter, and retired from the farm.
On May 1, 1931, they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.
Mr. Becker was a pioneer hero and suffered many hardships during the early days of farming, but accomplished much and bought other farms beside the home place. He was a kind and loving husband and father and was always interested in his home and the children and their families. He was especially fond of his little grandchildren.
He was director of Stephens's Church (Inc.) for many years. He always took an active part in the affairs of the church and the city.
He will be greatly missed by his loving wife and family, and also his neighbors and friends. He was of a jovial disposition and made friends wherever he went, by his kind words.
He had been in poor health for several weeks and passed away, Sunday morning, February 28, 1937.
He leaves besides his wife, the nine children, Mrs. Theresa Spitz, Leo, Paul, and Alphonsus of Exeter; Mrs. Minnie Petitt of Santa Ana, California; Mrs. Louise Crick of Lincoln; Mrs. Ursula Johns of Concordia, Kansas; Edward of new Castle, Wyoming; and Frank of Idaho; Twenty-seven grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Funeral services were held Wednesday morning, March 3rd at St. Stephen's Catholic Church at 9:30 with Rev. E. Boll in charge. Burial was in the Exeter Cemetery.
During the fifty-six years of their married life, only one death occurred in the family, a small daughter of their daughter, Mrs. Louise Crick.
Fillmore County News
Anna Gerhart was born in Czechoslovakia July 24, 1862. She came to America with her parents, when a child, locating near Friend, Nebraska
She married John Becker at Friend May 1, 1881, and later in the same year came to their farm home near Exeter, where they lived until 1917, when they moved to their home in Exeter. On May 1, 1931, they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. Mr. Becker passed away February 28, 1937.
Mrs. Becker had been in poor health for the past year, being cared for at the home of her son Alphonsus, where she passed way March 13, 1945.
Surviving to mourn the passing of Mrs. Becker are her nine children - Mrs. Theresa Spitz of Hastings; Mrs. Louise Crick, Leo, Paul, and Alphonsus Becker of Exeter; Mrs. Minnie Pettit of Newport Beach, California; Mrs. Ursula Johns of Concordia, Kansas; Edward Becker of New Castle, Wyoming; and Frank Becker of Hawthorne, Nevada; 26 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Seven grandsons have been in their country's service with the armed forces.
Funeral services were held Friday morning, March 16, at St Stephen's Catholic Church with Rev. A. Antochokski in charge. Burial was in the Exeter Cemetery.
Fillmore County News
John and Anna Gerhart Becker