NORWAY: Arlo James Becker Jr., age 79, died Monday, June 12, 2017 from injuries suffered in an accident on his farm near Shellsburg.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 17, 2017 at the Ponderosa Ballroom in Walford (195 1st St. South Walford, IA). Friends may visit from 2:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Friday also at the Ponderosa Ballroom, casual attire is encouraged.
Arlo was born on August 18, 1937 in Watkins, the son of Arlo and Marie (Boddicker) Becker Sr. He graduated from Newhall High School with the class of 1955. On February 20, 1965, he was united in marriage to Judith Ann Bzoskie at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids.
He is survived by his children, Mike (Kathy) Becker of Atkins, Michelle (Eric) Calef of Cedar Rapids, Lisa (Michael) Porter and Robin (Rich) Pingeton, all of Columbia, MO; 19 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; 4 brothers, Harold Becker of Cedar Rapids, Wilford (Dorothy) Becker of Newhall, Bob Becker of Newhall, Ted (Rita) Becker of Center Point; his sister, Mary Lou Becker of Watkins and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Judith in 2007; his grandson Jason Calef and his brother Ralph Becker.
Arlo Becker’s legacy will not soon be forgotten. He was the extraordinary amongst the ordinary. Known to some as tough, gruff and fierce and to others as giving, caring and loving. He was often referred to as the “Ageless One”, his passion for life and adventure never allowed him to slow down.
Just out of high school, Arlo managed a crew selling magazines all across the country. He found his passion for racing early on, leading him to start a salvage yard business and a few years later B & B Promotions came to be. Along with his wife Judy, and their four children, they went to county and state fairs in several states promoting wheel events. Arlo kept the family busy. Becker Motor Sports was later born and the passion for racing was stronger than ever. After 50 years, retirement allowed for more time for racing, more fishing trips with brother Ted, and a long list of friends who went along. From fishing Lake Erie and the mighty Mississippi, to hunting bear in Montana and chasing coyote in Iowa, great adventures were checked off the list.
Never slowing down, a little 125 acre hobby farm came along. Lots of work to do. Between working on his new hunting oasis, hanging out with friends, and following his daughter and grandchildren in the national spotlight in the world of basketball, Arlo kept busier than ever. It wasn’t supposed to end. Goodbye dad. We all love you.
Phillips Funeral Home in Blairstown is in charge of arrangements. On-line condolences may be left at www.phillipsfuneralhomes.com