SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Douglas James Becker, 68, of Springfield, Ore., passed away Wednesday, July 24, 2013, after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. Douglas chose to spend his final month in the home of his eldest son, Richard, in Oxnard, Calif. In those final hours, he was surrounded by his two sons, loved ones and family.
Douglas was born Oct. 2, 1944, in Sycamore, Ill., but grew up an “oil brat” in Venezuela until the age of 12, and then attended high school at St. Bede Academy in Illinois. He was a proud graduate of Notre Dame, where he received his undergraduate degree in aeronautical and aerospace engineering. Commissioning with the U.S. Air Force as an officer, he then did post-graduate work at Purdue and the U.S. Air Force Air War College and later earned his MBA from University of Dayton, Ohio. In his career with the U.S Air Force, his original station was Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, then transferring to Germany with his first wife, now Sandy Stewart Bauer. Upon return to the United States, he served at the Pentagon and retired (Lt. Col.) from an assignment at Norton AFB, Calif. Douglas raised his two sons in Redlands, Calif., with his second wife, Sylvia. In his second career, he became a project coordinator with Northrop Grumman. He retired to Bradenton, Fla., and later moved to Springfield, Ore.
In his retirement, he enjoyed reading, following sports such as soccer, visiting friends and family across the United States, photography, genealogy, as well as attending reunions, museums and air shows.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leroy and Ruth Becker (née Duffy) of Princeton. He is survived by his sons, Richard (Katie) Becker of Oxnard, Calif., and John Becker of Seoul, South Korea; his brother, Kenny (Debra) Becker of Dallas, Texas; his sister, Kathy (David) York of Fowler, Ind.; his aunt, Jean Raso (née Duffy) of Gardnerville, Nev.; his nieces, Kristin (Jonathan Fabrizi) Becker of Dallas, Texas, and Emily (Eric) Gruber (née York) of Lafayette, Ind.; his nephews, Russell (Aarika) York of Fairmount, Ind., and Owen (Melissa) York of Camby, Ind.; and five great-nieces and great-nephews.
A memorial service and interment are planned for Saturday, July 26, at 1:30 p.m. in Princeton at the Becker family plot in Oakland Cemetery.
Donations in memoriam may be sent to the American Cancer Society or other charity of your choice.