Robert “Bob” Becker, 93
Robert “Bob” Becker, 93, of Marshalltown, Iowa, passed away Friday, May 26, 2023. Memorial services will be held 11:00 am, Saturday, June 3, 2023, at Anderson Funeral Homes in Marshalltown. Private inurnment will follow at Riverside Cemetery. A luncheon will follow the services at Elmwood Country Club. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Salvation Army of Marshalltown, 107 W. State St., Marshalltown, IA 50158. Online condolences may be sent to www.andersonfhs.com.
Bob was born in Elkader, Iowa, November 16, 1929 to Earl and Blanche (Brennecke) Becker. He graduated from Marshalltown High School where he played on the 1947 undefeated Bobcat football team. He was basketball co-captain and ran track. Bob attended MCC for a year before transferring to the University of Iowa where he earned a Business Degree. At the U of I, he was President of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and after graduation, a member of the University Presidents’ Club. Bob was united in marriage with Sally McCormack December 27, 1952, in Marshalltown. To that union, two sons were born, Dan and John.
Bob served in the Army Finance Corps, Camp Carson, Colorado from 1952 to 1954. After the service, Bob and Sally returned to their home town and he began his business career with Marshalltown Company. Bob was Vice President of Sales and Marketing until his retirement in 1984. He continued to serve as a Marshalltown Board member until 2015. He also represented Marshalltown Company as a Director of several industry associations.
Bob was a long-time member of the Marshalltown Rotary Club. He served as President and was a recipient of the Ken Brintnall award. Bob was President of the YMCA and Man of the Year. He was Quarterback Club President and Mr. Bobcat. He was President of the Animal Rescue League, a Chamber of Commerce Board Member, a Little League Director and a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission. Bob was a member of the Congregational Church.
Bob and Sally were avid Hawkeye fans and long-time football season ticket holders. They enjoyed traveling to many Big 10 stadiums and Hawkeye Bowl games.
In retirement, Bob and Sally spent the winter months in Rancho Bernardo, California. They had a close group of friends in each location; Iowa and California. They were able to travel together, and with friends to most areas of the world.
Bob was extremely proud of his family. He is survived by his two sons; Dan (Joann), John (Julie), five grandsons; Brad (Cody), Joe (Hang), Scott (Jessie), John (Beth), Sam (Erica), eight great grandchildren; Hannah, Reese, Mia, Connor, Matt, Olivia, Claire and Lucas.
Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Sally.