Dean W. Becker, 83, of Whipple, Ohio, passed away at 5:40 p.m. on Thursday (Aug. 15, 2013) at Riverside Hospital in Columbus. He was born on April 30, 1930, at Whipple, a son of Gilbert W. and Nora T. Seyler Becker.
Dean was a farmer and was employed as a bus driver for Marietta City School System for 35 years. He was a trustee for Fearing Township for 20 years, director for 35 years for Washington County Fair Board, charter member of Fearing Volunteer Fire Department and still serving after 43 years, charter member of Pioneer Power Antique Association of Belpre, member of Washington County Tractor Pulling Association, charter member of Pioneer Good Sams Camping Club and other volunteer associations and was a member of St. Paul's Evangelical Church.
On Dec. 17, 1971, he married Carolyn J. Zimmer Becker who survives with two sons: Calvin Dean (Stephine) Becker of Whipple, Greg (Sherri) Becker of Marietta; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Dorothy Smith of Gallipolis and Ruth Handschumacher of Whipple; two brothers-in-law and one sister-in-law and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers-in-law.
Funeral services will be held on Monday (Aug. 19) at 10 a.m. at McClure-Schafer-Lankford Funeral Home with Pastor Tom Hendershot officiating. Burial will follow in Berg Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday after 2 p.m. with family present from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Messages of sympathy may be sent at www.lankfordfh.com.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions to Fearing Township Volunteer Fire Dept., 1975 Stanleyville Road, Whipple, Ohio 45788.