James Henry Becker, known to many as Jim, Jimmie or Jimmer, died in the company of his loving family on Monday, October 5, 2020 at the age of 72. He endured a 26-year battle with Parkinson’s Disease.
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Jim was born March 1, 1948 in Billings, MT to Leah and Henry Becker. He was the youngest of three children and brother to Carol and Gary.
After graduating from Billings Senior High School in 1966, Jim joined the Navy. Over a four-year tour, he would ascend to the rank of IC-2 (Interior Communications Electrician), Petty Officer 2nd Class (E-5)as a submariner aboard the USS Seapoacher. It was here that he learned his trade as an electrician. He thoroughly enjoyed the friendships he forged and was proud of the time spent serving his country.
Following his separation from the Navy, Jim returned to Billings to eventually work as an electrician for Yellowstone Electric Company. He would become a fixture at St. Vincent’s Hospital where he spent nearly every workday for over 20 years. Jim reveled in his work and the relationships he built over his 32-year career.
Jim married Norma Johnson on July 15, 1972. They raised two children, DJ and Jocelyn. Jim was an adoring husband and father, his life centered around family. Whether he was coaching baseball or softball, traveling near and far to watch his kids’ sporting or school activities, helping with school projects or honey-do lists, Jim always did so because he loved his family.
Jim had a passion for restoring vintage cars, metal and wood working and sand blasting glass. He also loved to hunt, fish and camp in the Montana wilderness with his family. He was an avid sports fan, a dog lover and member of the Goggles & Dusters Car Club and Magic City Model A’s. Jim was renowned for his willingness to help anyone in need at a moment’s notice. He was remarkably creative, kind and compassionate, loved to laugh and know by many for his wily grin.
Jim is survived by his wife Norma, his son DJ and wife Isabella and their children Finley, Rowan and Lleyton, his daughter Jocelyn and husband Rick and their son Maddex, his sister Carol and brother Gary and their families, and numerous extended family.
We would like to extend a special thank you to Edgewood Memory Care in the Heights and Stillwater Hospice for all their loving care over the past few years.
A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 409 S 36th St, Billings, MT 59101 at 11:00 am followed by his burial at Yellowstone National Cemetery, 55 Buffalo Trail Rd, Laurel, MT 59044 at 1:00 pm. Condolences for the family may be shared at www.smithfuneralchapels.com.