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Charles W. Becker, 89

Dan McClelland

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Charles W. Becker, age 89, of Tupper Lake, died Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake.

Born in Tupper Lake on February 28, 1930, he was the son of Herbert and Margaret (Margavich) Becker.

Charles was a lifelong resident of Tupper Lake. After graduation from Tupper Lake High School he worked from 1949 to 1951 at Lake Brothers Sawmill in Tupper Lake. He then entered the United States Army on March 16, 1951 where he served as military police in Korea. Upon discharge in 1953 he served in the Army reserve for four years.

He worked at the OWD and Drapers, then went in the construction business with Butch Madore and later was in business, R & C Becker Construction, with his brother Bob for 24 years.

In retirement Charles stayed active working around home where he enjoyed woodworking, loved walking his dogs at the park and helping family and friends. He loved to visit and share stories. He was a very kind and gentle person who never married but especially enjoyed and loved his many nieces and nephews.

He is survived by two brothers, Robert Becker and Gene Becker and one sister Margaret Benware, two sister-in-laws Maureen Becker and Heloise Becker, several nieces and nephews and his beloved dog Rusty. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters Rose Shaheen and Dorothy Spinner, one brother Albert Becker, three sister-in-laws Carol Becker, Mary Becker and Joan Becker, two brother-in-laws Tom Shaheen and Richard Benware, two nieces Amy Symonds and Joanie Becker, three nephews, Robert Becker, Jr., Paul Becker and Steve Becker and his beloved pet Duffy.

Calling hours took place at the Stuart-Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Tupper Lake on Sunday, April 14, 2019. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11a.m. on Monday April 15 at St. Alphonsus Church in Tupper Lake with Fr. Decker officiating. Burial will take place at St. Alphonsus Cemetery in Tupper Lake in May.

Friends wishing to remember Charles W. Becker may make memorial contributions to the Tupper Lake Volunteer Rescue Squad or The Tri-Lakes Humane Society, in care of the funeral home.