MENDOTA – Roland O. Becker, 94, of Mendota, died Sunday, March 23, 2014, at Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru. He was a farmer, a nutritionist for 25 years at Fasco, and a real estate broker.
He was born Jan. 14, 1920, in Sublette, the son of George and Malinda Stephenitch Becker. He served in the Army during World War II. He married Edith Smith on May 20, 1944, in Philadelphia. He was a member of Holy Cross Church in Mendota.
Survivors include his wife of Mendota; three sons, Craig Becker of Savanna, Stephen (Deborah) Becker of Peru, and Kevin (Sherrie) Becker of Quincy; sister, LaVerne (Cecil) Byrd of Michigan; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Vernon; and his sister, Irene.
Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. today at Merritt Funeral Home in Mendota. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. today at Holy Cross Church in Mendota, with the Rev. Fredi Gomez-Torres officiating. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery.
Memorials have been established to Holy Cross Church.