Mike Becker departed from this earth on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013.
Mike was born in Butte in the winter of 1953 to Marian Rotter Wicka and Felix Wicka. Mike attended Boy’s Central and Butte High. Mike’s biological father died when Mike was young and was later adopted by Bob O. Becker.
At the age of 18, Mike chose to enlist in the Navy rather than wait to be drafted. Mike served in the Navy for more than eight years and was stationed in Okinawa as well as Washington. Mike met and married his first wife when he was in the Navy and they had three children together, Kari, Kristie and Brian.
Mike attended Green River College and received his degree in building technology graduating as valedictorian. Mike returned to Butte because “you can take the boy out of Butte but you can’t take the Butte out of the man.” Mike enjoyed playing on a pool league, softball, racquetball, bowling and volleyball. And most importantly he was a loyal Green Bay Packer fan. Mike married his best friend and love of his life, Jenefer, in 1996. Throughout their happy marriage they enjoyed camping, floating the Madison with family, traveling, trips to Nevada and especially spending time together.
Mike worked for several contractors as a carpenter and took pride in his work. Mike worked for the Forest Service fighting the 1988 fire of Yellowstone National Park. In 2011 and 2012, Mike returned to the Forest Service in Wise River. He referred to his job at Wise River as summer camp because he enjoyed his work and considered it his favorite job. When Mike’s father, Bob, passed, Mike was the dutiful son to his mother and was available to assist her.
Survivors include his wife of 17 years, Jenefer Becker; mother, Marian Becker; sister, Sharon Milner; children, Kari Jorgenson, Kristie Ryf and Brian Becker; stepsons, Carl and Keith Fish; nine grandchildren; nieces, Erin Milner and Courtney Finch; nephews, Robert and Jason Milner.
The devastating diagnosis of incurable cancer in January 2013 was unexpected. Mike received the best care from Dr. Wiener and the nursing staff at St. Peter’s Hospital in Helena. His loyal companion, Rambo the dachshund, was by his side throughout his illness. Donations may be made to St. Peter’s Hospital Foundation for cancer care, American Cancer Society or charity of the donor’s choice.
Memorial services will be conducted at 5 p.m. Tuesday in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home with Deacon Dan McGrath officiating.
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