Obituaries

James Karl Becker

July 5, 1957 - December 19, 2012

James Karl “Jim” Becker, age 55, of St. Charles, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva.  He was born July 5, 1957 in Eau Claire, WI the son of George and Ruth (nee Nowicki) Becker.  He was united in marriage to Eva DiMartino on October 5, 1985 in Fairport, NY.

 Jim received his degree in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin and was employed as a Project Engineering Manager with Unilever.  He was a family man and a proud father and loved to watch his son Mike play baseball and his son Scott play Southern Illinois Saluki football.  Jim loved to watch Green Bay Packer games and was proud to be part owner of the team. 

 He is survived by his beloved wife, Eva; his two sons, Scott and Mike Becker both of St. Charles; his sisters, Georgeann (Erick Stowe) Becker of Denver, CO, JoAnn (Ron) Decker of Eau Claire, WI, Mary (Brian) Yaklich of Lakewood, CO, and Barbara (Brad) Neill of Apache Junction, AZ; a brother, Thomas (Kathy) Becker of Easley, SC; and many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

 James is preceded in death by his parents.

 Visitation will be held Friday, December 21, 2012 from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at the Moss-Norris Funeral Home, 100 S. Third Street (three blocks west of the river and one block south of Rt. 64) in St. Charles.

 Funeral services will start with prayers from the funeral home at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, December 22, 2012 before processing to St. Patrick Catholic Church, 6N491 Crane Road in St. Charles where Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 A.M.  Entombment will follow in Resurrection Cemetery in Geneva.

 Memorial contributions may be directed to the family to be directed towards a charity to be named at a later date.

Guest Book

  • Roseanne & Carl Asprinio So sorry to hear of the passing of Jim. I remember our days working together in Rochester, NY. Our deepest sympathy goes out to Eva and her family at this difficult time. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless.
  • Eleanor Bater I was so shocked to hear of Jim's death. I worked w/Jim in Rochester and he always had a great sense of humor. My Deepest Sympathy to his wife, Eva and family.
  • Lenora Claypool You will be missed by your family at the Owensboro Hampton Inn.
  • Steve Wall I've worked with and for Jim for many years at Unilever. I will miss his friendship, humor and his kind words of encouragement. We had many great discussions about his boys, sports and his family. Through this there was no doubt about what he truly valued in life. My prayers are with him and his family.
  • Stephen Wathen Jim Becker was great manager, man, and friend to know. Deepest sympathy with the Becker family; Jim was inspiration to all and will be greatly missed. I enjoyed the short time I worked for him. He talked about his family with great pride and missed the time when he was away from them.
  • Ted Basowski Jim had a wonderful personality and will be missed by all he has encountered in his life journey. I'm saddened that God must have needed a very talented engineer. He will be missed.
  • M,LHURT Very sorry to read of the passing of your dear loved one Jim. Life is such a precious gift and yet so short-lived for the time we exist. We are comforted by the hope of the resurrection. God holds out this wonderful hope for all those in the grave. At John 11:25 Jesus said " I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE HE THAT EXERCISES FAITH IN ME, EVEN THOUGH HE DIES, WILL COME TO LIFE." Mark 5:38-43 is one of the nine accounts of ones who were resurrected. What a blessed reason to hope in God! The gift of your memories of Jim will bring you great joy and turn into a treasure. You and yours will receive strength through prayer to God, you will feel comfort by the loving concern of your God-fearing friends, and you will be uplifted by studying God's Word. Trust in " the God of All Comfort " Psalms 83-18 Agape M.L.Hurt
  • Mike Dunn So very sorry for your loss. Jim was always a pleasure to be around here at Unilever in Owensboro. He will definitely be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Mike Dunn Frozen Line Operator- Unilever Owensboro
  • Mark Maddox Jim will long be missed by his Owensboro "family." He was a good friend and co-worker whose kindness and wit brought smiles to each of us for many years. Our prayers are with each of you.
  • Danuta Hatcher My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Jim was a very kind person; I enjoyed our conversations where he would share stories about his two sons, his Italian wife, his Polish heritage (he affectionately called me a "Polack"). On his last day at work in Owensboro we listened to Italian music, he showed me pictures of his whole family, including nieces and nephews. While he was packing up his stuff he was so excited to go home for the Holidays, to spend time with his family! Before he left he gave me a big hug, wished me a Merry Christmas, and said "see you in January"... I will miss Jim, his smile, and his great personality.
  • Bill Everett I was very fortunate to work with Jim during the early years of his engineering career, once we convinced him to leave Oscar Mayer and come to work for Ragu. Not only was Jim a great engineer, he also was a great person. He always had something to say that would make us laugh! My deepest sympathy to Eva, Scott, and Mike.
  • Elizabeth Pillow Jim has been great to work for in the past year. His direct approach was refreshing but his underlying kindness made me feel like he always had my back if things got tough. He had high expectations but was very fair and respectful to his subordinates and coworkers. His passing is a huge loss in his professional world.
  • Tom Aurich Please accept my condolences on Jim's passing. I enjoyed working with Jim on several large projects over the past few years. His humor and dedication to his employer was to be admired. He will be missed by all of us who had the good fortune to get to know him.
  • Gail Ray My deepest sympathy goes out to Jim's beloved family. I had the privilege of working for Jim when he came to Owensboro for the first time as Corporate Engineer. A wonderful boss and co-worker, he always had a smile on his face. Jim's life was his wonderful family that he spoke so highly of. He will be greatly missed by his Unilever/Owensboro Family.
  • Adam Huff My deepest sympathy to your family, Jim was an inspiration to us all and will be missed in Owensboro.. God Bless and you are all in our prayers.
  • Greg Wharton What truly sad news; Jim was always "The Engineer", but he couldn't help but to share his great pride in his family, or outlook on life and sports. He will surely be missed. We are so sorry for your loss, and may God bless you all.
  • Bob Wayman I am very sad to hear this news and my prayers go out to Jim's family. Jim was a colleague for many years and the very best packaging engineer i every worked with, always ready with a good word and that infectious smile. RIP, Jimmy ' Big Bones" Becker.
  • Julie Plakut I was truly saddened and shocked by this news. Jim was such a great man with a larger than life personality. He was my fellow Packer/ Badger fan in the office. He will be greatly missed.
  • Sola Ishola We are truly saddened by this news. Jim was a dear friend and colleague. His high energy and zest for life was infectious, we will really miss him in the Unilever family. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family
  • Mr. Jonathan Rhodes So sorry to hear about your loss. His stories that he would share at work were so funny. His personality will be missed here in Owensboro, Ky. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. -Frozen Line Operator @ Unilever
  • Yuvetta Crowe-Smith May God bless you during your time of loss. It doesn't seem that long ago when I first met Jim in Rochester, NY. He was always a nice and caring person. I will definitely miss his big smile.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Scott Goosman Our thoughts and prayers for you during your time of loss. Jim loved and spoke of his family often living for you. Every time I saw him he was counting the days till he could retire and spend more time with you. Jim you were a friend first and a colleague second. I'll miss our conversation together and fun we times together. Jim you'll always be in our hearts.
  • Tammy Bradley My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Jim's office was next door to mine and I was able to fellowship with him daily. He was so proud of his family and spoke so highly of Eva, Scott and Mike. He loved to give me a hard time when the Packers beat the Bears. He reminded me often that he was part owner of the Packers. Jim was such a good man and will be missed greatly.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Chris Volk Our prayers are with you all during this time of loss. Jim was full of life, enjoyed a good laugh, loved his Packers, and spoke of his family often. In the three years I've known him, he was a great mentor and a dear friend.
  • Mr. and Mrs. James and Kimi Dooher We love you all and send you all of our strength. Jim will always be in our hearts and memories.
  • Mr. And Mrs. Edward Scales Our thoughts, prayers and love are with you all now and forever.