William “Bill” J. Becker, age 74, of Richford, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends Thursday morning, March 4, 2021 at his home.
He was born February 4, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of John William and Romona Elizabeth (Miller) Becker. He married Sharon Ann Weiland on November 3, 1973 at Hope Lutheran Church in Wautoma.
Bill was a 1965 graduate of Niles West High School in Skokie, Illinois. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Carthage College, Kenosha in 1969. He was employed at the family business, Bill Becker Chevrolet of Chicago for a number of years. He then moved to the Town of Richford where he founded Bill Becker Game Farm which he operated for 30 years. Later, he worked at the Furniture and Appliance Mart in Stevens Point for 15 years. An avid outdoorsman, Bill loved hunting and fishing. He was a big fan of the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers. Bill also enjoyed watching all the hunting channels, Wicked Tuna and tasting moonshine. He had many great friends including, Mitch Vincent, Kevin Schlice, Troy Richmond, Troy Thompson, and especially Jordon “Jay” Schlice who called Bill daily.
Bill is survived by his loving wife, Sharon Ann Becker, Richford; one sister, Mona (Jack) Zelienka, Richford; two brothers-in-law, Frank (Judi) Weiland, Wautoma, Jerry Weiland (Linda Martin), Wautoma; nieces and nephews, Elissa (Chris) Armstrong, John Aaron (Megan) Zielenka, Greg (Jody) Pomplun, Douglas Pomplun (Shari Thurley), Sara (Mike) Henke, David (Kelly) Weiland, Tina Reifsnider (John Pew), Jasey (Leann) Caswell, Jackie (Jeff) Kucharski, Jill (Ryan) Tetting, Jeremy (Abby) Weiland, Nicole (Josh) Gaatz, Jason (Melissa) Weiland, Kristin (Dan) Dopp; canine companions, Lilly, Leah, Lizzy, Liza and Yogi. He is further survived by many grandnieces, grandnephews, other relatives and friends.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; paternal grandparents, John and Elizabeth Becker; maternal grandparents, Fred and Annie Miller; a sister-in-law, Carol Weiland and by his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Delphine and Marlin Pomplun.
A Celebration of Life will be held from 1:00 until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at the Richford Community Center, W11127 Cumberland Road, Coloma, WI 54930. A Remembrance Service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday. The Leikness Funeral Home of Wautoma is assisting the family with arrangements. www.leiknessfuneralhome.com
Sharon extends heartfelt appreciation to Bill’s caregiving angels, Shari Thurley and Tina Reifsnider. Also thanks to Jean Lange, Patrick Eger, Brandon Eger, Doug and Shari for all their love and concern.