Robert Manley Becker, 93,  died peacefully at his home on Tuesday, April 5, 2022.

He was born April 20, 1928 and raised in Spring Grove township to the late Otto and Fern (Douglas) Becker.

He attended Oakley School and graduated from Brodhead High School in 1946.

Later that year, he enlisted in the Army Air Corp Occupational Services and served in Japan from 1946 to 1949.

He married Mildred Grenzow on Jan. 9, 1954 and they had three children, LuAnn, Susan and Richard.

He had farmed in Spring Grove township for several years, then had many other jobs including working at Knight Manufacturing (Kuhn North America) from 1973 until his retirement 20 years later. After his retirement he operated Bob’s Small Engine Repair.

He had many interests and hobbies which included vintage airplanes, and as his family grew a strong interest in genealogy.

During the winter months he could often be found working a jigsaw puzzle or two.

With his wife, had also taken many bus tours around the country to national parks and especially enjoyed a trip to Hawaii. He also enjoyed the coffee get-togethers around the “Table-of-Knowledge” with many of his friends at the Country Gardens Cafe.

On May 17, 2017, he was honored to be part of the VetRoll trip to Washington D.C.

He was further preceded in death by his sister Helen Eyler, his brother Rodney Becker and his son Richard Becker.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years Mildred; a sister Sarah Busjahn, a brother Russell Becker; daughters LuAnn (Daniel) Gruber and Susan (Jon) Condon; grandchildren: Dan (Melissa) Gruber, Neal Gruber, Randy (Lauren) Gruber, Kristina Barbknecht, Doug (Elsa) Condon, Bryan (Rachel) Condon; great-granddaughters Morgan, Sydney, and Eliza Gruber, Lexi Barbknecht and Nora Condon plus many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials directed to the family are appreciated to the DL Newcomer Funeral Home, PO Box 26, Brodhead WI  53520.

A private family gathering will be held at a later date.  The DL Newcomer Funeral Home is assisting the family.