Lawrence Wolter ‘Larry’ Becker, 93, of Hot Springs, SD, passed away April 28, 2018, at the VA Medical Center in Hot Springs.
Larry, a loving and loved husband, father, grandfather and great- grandfather, was born June 28, 1924, to William Karl and Marie Margurita (Wolter) Becker in Doon, IA. He grew up in Minnesota and graduated from Wadena High School in 1942. Lawrence served honorably in the United States Army from 1949 to 1951 during the Korean War. He married the love of his life, Irene E. Sachan October 7, 1950, at Deer Creek, MN. They moved to Hot Springs in 1959 and enjoyed raising their family, working and the many wonderful friends that they have.
Larry's work ethic and personality brought him a variety of jobs in his life. He built silos, worked as a stone mason, delivered fuel in the Twin Cities, and trained for the railroad before he was drafted. After returning from the Army, he drove semi-trucks, was a meat-cutter in Minnesota and South Dakota. In Hot Springs, Larry was a meat cutter for several grocers, a milk- man for Brown Swiss, school bus driver for the school system and also worked at the lumber store in town. Larry enjoyed his family and home, serving his church, spending time on the lake, camping and all his woodworking projects.
The latter part of his life was under the wonderful care of staff at the VA Medical Center in Hot Springs. Larry encountered many medical challenges in his later years and was always able to come thru them with the support of the medical community.
He is survived by his wife Irene; son, Mike (Deb) Becker of Rapid City; daughters, Sharon (Richard) Hallberg of Atlanta, GA; Donna (Joseph) Charron of Torrington, WY; Nancy (Kent) Bryant of Rapid City; Sally (Jeff) Menze of Holyoke, MN; 16 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; brother, Lloyd (Carole) of Lake Isabella, CA; as well as numerous nephews and nieces.
Lawrence was preceded in death by his parents, William and Marie; brothers, Harold; Vernon; Erwin and sister, Loretta Peterson.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Thursday, May 3, 2018, at Chamberlain McColley’s Funeral Home in Hot Springs. Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m., May 4,2018, at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Hot Springs, with Pastor Gary Jacobsen officiating. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Hot Springs.
In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established in Larry’s name to benefit the Bethesda Lutheran School in Hot Springs.
Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain McColley’s Funeral Home in Hot Springs.