Harvey L. Becker, age78, of White Pigeon, Michigan passed away on Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at his home surrounded by family. Harvey was born to Harvey E. and Dorothy (Altringer) Becker on August 19, 1943 in Aurora, IL. Harvey’s mother passed away when he was just three months old. He was raised by his “mom” (grandma) Zora Becker. Harvey married Bonnie Berquist in 1963. This relationship was blessed with three children: Kevin, Robyn and Brent. He married Jill Bruso Eternicka on April 12, 1980 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Elkhart, where another blessing was added, Jill’s daughter, Michelle.
Harvey honorably served his country in the United States Air Force. He was stationed at K I Sawyer Air Force base. He served in the crash rescue team, which led to him becoming a volunteer firefighter in both Porter and Concord Townships. He retired from Conn Selmer after over 50 years of working in band instrument manufacturing. During retirement, he enjoyed giving guest tours and showing customers the music manufacturing industry. Harv also enjoyed repairing flutes for Becker Flute Repair.
As an avid outdoorsman, Harv loved hunting and hiking with his favorite dog companion “Copper”, or fishing, skiing, boating, bike riding, kayaking or anything outdoors. He enjoyed participating in sports like fast-pitch baseball, basketball, tennis and golf just to name a few. Harvey enjoyed giving back by volunteering for Big Brothers Big Sisters where he was a big brother to Graeson, at Loveway, where he helped with therapeutic riding for children, or as a Redcoat at Elkhart General Hospital. He was a current member of Cass County Conservation Club, Union, MI and the American Legion Post in Bristol, IN. He was a past Masonic member in Union, Michigan. Harv’s favorite pastime though, was time spent with his family.
Harvey is survived by his Wife of 41 years: Jill Becker of White Pigeon, MI; their Children: Kevin D. (Kim) Becker of Bristol, Robyn G. Russo of Bristol, Michelle (John) Morris of White Pigeon, MI. and Brent A. (Shelley) Becker of Bristol, IN; Grandchildren: Carmon Becker, Kasie (Andrew) Inczauskis, Eric (Sarah) Becker, Riley Becker, Ryan (Chelsea) Russo, Chase (Ann) Healey, Aaron Russo, Adria Russo, Ashley (Brock) Phillips, Jacob Becker and Jordyn Becker; Great-Grandchildren: Ava, Kyra, Nolan, Colton, Roland, Sawyer, Hailey, Olivia, Aria, Alayna and Ellie; his Siblings: Chris Grant of Bristol and Jean Thomas of Florida. Harvey was preceded in death by his mother Dorothy Becker, his father Harvey E Becker, “mom” Zora Becker, “special mom” Jeanne Becker- Smith and his first wife Bonnie Becker.
In keeping with Harvey’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A celebration of Harvey’s Life will be held at a later date. Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home, 1531 Cobblestone Blvd., Elkhart, IN 46514 is assisting the Becker family. Memorial donations may be made to Faith Mission of Elkhart, 801 Benham Ave., Elkhart, IN 46516 www.thefaithmission.org or LoveWay, Inc. 54151 CR 33, Middlebury, IN 46540 www.lovewayinc.org Online condolences may be made to www.stemmlawsonpeterson.com
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