Royce E. BeckerMay 18, 1935 ~ October 26, 2017 (age 82)
ROYCE EUGENE BECKER, age 82, of Ellsworth, died Thursday, October 26, 2017, at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD. He was born May 18, 1935, in Wilmot, SD, to Fred and Jennie (Williams) Becker. At the age of three, he moved with his family to Luverne, later they moved to Little Rock, IA. Royce attended country school before graduating from Ellsworth High School in 1953, where he played football and basketball. He also belonged to the Kanaranzi Livewire 4-H where he often showed pigs at the State Fair. Royce began working for Adrian Concrete in 1953. He served his country in the Minnesota National Guard from 1957 to 1964.
Royce married his high school sweetheart Marlene Ann Meester on July 23, 1957, at Zion Presbyterian Church in Ellsworth. The couple lived in Adrian, Ellsworth and Kanaranzi before moving to Ellsworth in 1961. In 1964, Royce returned to Adrian Concrete. Royce partnered with Jim Honnerman and bought Adrian Concrete which later became Adrian Tile Company in November of 1976. In July of 1997, Royce sold his share in the Tile Company and began helping out at Dan’s Service Station in Ellsworth. In 2007, he began working part time at CHS.
He was a member of Zion Presbyterian Church in Ellsworth, where he had served as Trustee, Deacon and an Elder. Royce had served as a Councilman & Mayor of Ellsworth, the Ellsworth Volunteer Fire Department, and was a charter member of the Ellsworth Community Club. He enjoyed polka music, bowling, stock car racing at the local tracks, wintering in Texas for over eleven years, traveling to the casino, and baseball.
Royce is survived by his wife of sixty years, Marlene Becker, Ellsworth; three children, Lance (Nancy) Becker, Adrian; Rhonda (Kenny) Groen, Ellsworth; and Shelley (Gene) Lovell, Windom; six grandchildren, Tara (Jeffrey) Theis, Jenna (Dylan) Kvaale, Marla (Travis) Jenniges, Makenzie Lovell (fiance, Derick Hall), Collin Lovell (friend, Leah Hacker) and Kobe Lovell; six great grandchildren, Avery, Valentine, William and Adalyn Jenniges; and Layla & Harrison Kvaale; three step grandchildren, Ethan (Rachel), Ross & Spencer Wieneke; a brother, Linley (Lorraine) Becker, Sioux Falls, SD; and a sister-in-law, Darlene Becker, New Hope.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Russell Becker; and a niece, Kimberly Becker.
A time of fellowship will be from 2-6 pm Sunday at Zion Presbyterian Church in Ellsworth; and also one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. A memorial service will be 1:30 pm Monday at Zion Presbyterian Church, in Ellsworth, officiated by Pastor Paul Snyder. Burial of cremains with full military honors provided by the Ellsworth American Legion will be in the Grand Prairie Cemetery in Ellsworth.
Dingmann Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Adrian is in charge of arrangements.
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