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925 S 27th Street
BILLINGS, MT 59101
Phone: 406-245-6427
Fax: 406-259-3558
James Becker

James Henry "Jim" Becker

Monday, March 1st, 1948 - Monday, October 5th, 2020
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Obituary

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.

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.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    Pilgrim Congregational Church
    Address
    409 South 36th Street
    BILLINGS, MT 59101
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    Officiant
    Pastor Steve Heppner
  • Interment

    Location
    Yellowstone National Cemetery
    Address
    55 Buffalo Hill Trail
    LAUREL, MT
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    Notes
    Interment and military honors at 1:00 p.m. at the Yellowstone National Cemetery on October 13, 2020.

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Tammy Taylor

Posted at 10:13am
Jocelyn I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
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David Weaver

Posted at 11:00am
Norma, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Jim is now in the loving arms of our Lord and no longer in pain. God bless you all.
Dave & Phyllis Weaver
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Hank and Kim Yasenak

Posted at 08:15pm
Saying goodbye to a dear friend is heartbreaking. May we all find comfort in the special memories we shared with Jim. We wish the Becker family strength and peace to carry them through this difficult time. Although no words can help ease the loss you bear, know that you are very much in our thoughts and prayers.
We will be forever thankful for the dear friendship and wonderful relationship we've had with Jim and Norma over the years. We first me Jim at a football game in Hardin when DJ and our son played for the Skyview Falcons. We spent many frosty autumn evenings watching their teams for the next few years. Our daughter was also in the same grade as Jocelyn. so the Beckers were in our conversations a lot during our kids' high school years. It's been more fun than you'd realize watching our kids grow and prosper over the years. We were always thankful for the great kids they hung out with, and the positive influences they had during their high school careers. Now they're starting families of their own. One thing for sure, Jim loved his kids and grandchildren. When visiting at memory care, Jim was constantly bragging about the accomplishments of his family members and showing off letters, pictures, and drawings of his grandkids.
The thing I remember the most during our visits with Jim was his handshake. When we first started visiting, the strength of his handshake surprised me, and it seemed as though he held it for a little longer than necessary. He always made sure he made eye contact before he let go. I think that was his way of saying, "I may not move as fast as I once did, but I want you to know that I'm very much alive inside this stubborn body. Over the years we saw a steady decline in Jim's health, moving from a cane, to a walker, to a wheelchair, then being bedridden. But, Jim never lost his zest for life and would invent things to keep himself busy throughout the day. I can't tell you the amount of times we'd find Jim on the floor when we entered his room. Sometimes he had fallen, but most times he was on the floor fixing a chair or fiddling something to keep his mind active.
Jim always liked to keep busy and was involved in all sorts of projects. His cars were always important to him as well as his sandblasting artwork. Our family will always cherish the beautiful window Jim made for our Red Lodge doorway.
Norma, bless you for standing by Jim through the many years he battled his horrible condition. Your love for one another was always quite apparent. I know your faith will carry you and your family through these troubled times. We'll all miss Jim, but the lasting memories he provided will stay in our hearts forever.

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Carol

Posted at 06:15pm
May God grant you Norm and your family grace, peace and & comfort during your season of loss. Blessings, Carol & Chuck Eskro
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Joanne

Posted at 01:20pm
My condolences to the family in Jim's loss. I have fond memories of our times together in Sunday School at Pilgrim Church.
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