Florentius Henry Becker was born on October 2, 1920 in St. Peters Community, Colorado and went to be with the Lord April 24, 2022 in Brighton, Colorado.
He was the fifth of eleven children of John and Eva (Foxhoven) Becker and grew up in Sterling, Colorado. Florentius worked as a farmhand in his younger years.
Florentius served in the Army as a Staff Sergeant in World War II. He was in reconnaissance and part of the Normandy Invasion, fought in the Battle of the Bulge, the liberation of France and other battles and campaigns. He received the Bronze Star, the French Croix de Guerre, WWII Victory Medal, as well as many other citations and awards.
After the war, he married Patricia Harnish in 1948. They were married 74 years. They had five children, Richard, Pamela, James, Raymond, and Rosann.
Florentius and family moved to Venice, California in 1952 and he worked as a machinist for McDonald Douglas Aircraft until 1969 when they moved back to Colorado. He continued to work as a machinist until his retirement.
Florence, as most people called him, and Pat enjoyed traveling throughout their retirement years. He also enjoyed his toy train hobby, gold panning, and working in his garage tinkering and fixing just about anything that needed fixed. He also loved history. Florence spent a lot of time with family, whom he loved so much. He was a humble, quiet man who also loved horses, flannel shirts, and anything chocolate. He also loved a good Dutch-hop and polka.
Florence is preceded in death by his Mother Eva, Father John, Brothers Joseph and Bill, sisters Catherine, Christine, Pauline, Betty, Helen, Coletta, and Mary. He is also preceded in death by his grandson Robert Henry Becker.
Florence is survived by his wife Patricia, son Richard (Vanessa), daughter Pamela Chicoine (Jerry), son Jim (Debbie), son Raymond (Patty), and daughter Rosann Moore (Rick). He is also survived by his brother Robert Becker (Margie) of Florida. Survivors include 13 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
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