Raymond Jay Becker was born northwest of Dolton, SD on June 10, 1934 to parents Joseph J. Becker and Esther Unruh. He enjoyed a very happy childhood and youth on the farm as the third of six children before going to Grace College of the Bible for a semester after his Marion High School graduation.
Although making many life-long friends, he chose to work on the farm for a year while his brother Harold went to 1W service. During that time, he met Frances whom he married on April 24, 1954 and together they moved to Waukegan, IL to finish his two years obligation to our country in lieu of military service at the Downey Veteran’s Hospital. They returned to the farm near Freeman, SD in 1956 where he farmed through many seasons for 43 years, concluding with a farm auction sale in 2000.
Raymond carried on a legacy that his ancestors began of being a lifetime member at the EMB Country Church. He accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior during a tent revival on May 25, 1943 at the age of 10. Raymond became a member of Gideons International in 1976 and was very active in spreading the Gospel through Bible distributions and personal testimony
Ray and Frances were “parents” to many foster children beginning in 1967. Of the approximately 20 different children, his most favorite was Jody, a Native American baby who spent many nights cuddled by a secure “dad” as he sang “Trust and Obey” to get her through her alcohol withdrawal.
In December of 2012 he was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. He was an inspiration to all and shared continually that the Bible had promised him heaven because of his relationship with Jesus Christ. Instead of “dying with cancer”, he chose to live life abundantly as promised in the Bible.
He valued his precious family, loving each and every one. He leaves behind his precious wife, Frances (having just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in April, 2014); four daughters: Coleen (Bill) Black of Omaha, Neb. and their 3 children; Brenda (Tim) Harder of Eldorado, Kan. and their 5 children; and Claudette (Trace) Frahm of Walnut, Iowa and their 2 sons, Ryan (Claris) and 2 children and Derek.