Becker Becker THORNDALE—Ronnie Raymond (Bonka) Becker was born at home on Nov. 17, 1944, to Ed

Becker and

I r ene ( K o en - ning) Becker.

He was bapt ized at St. John Lutheran Church in Detmold on June 3, 1945, by Theodore Bogisch.

Mr. Becker graduated Thorndale High School in 1963.

He was confirmed by Pastor Elton Bauerkemper on Dec. 20, 1964, at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Dallas.

He married Angie (Schneider) on July 11, 1964.

Mr. Becker was employed at Taylor Manufacturing American Desk for over 30 years and was most recently employed by Floyd’s Glass Co. for the past 15 years.

He was a supporter of St. Paul Lutheran School and Church. He served many years as an elder, financial secretary, school board and greeter at church. He was a basketball and football referee and umpired little league baseball and girls softball for many years.

Mr. Becker was also a supporter of Thorndale High School and was the football game announcer. He enjoyed running the clock for the basketball teams for 43 years and continued doing so until his death.

In 1986, Mr. Becker received the meritorious award from the Thorndale Chamber of Commerce and also received the outstanding citizen award from the Chamber in 1988.

On July 19, 2007, he suffered a cardiac arrest, stroke and seizure, but after spending 31 days in Scott & White Hospital in Temple, he returned home and continued announcing the games and running the clock. Mr. Becker was known by many as the “Miracle Man” having survived the ordeal.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Jerry Becker and Bill Ray Becker; and a brother-in-law, Glenn Davis.

Survivors are his wife, Angie Becker; two sons, Michael Becker and friend Nell Caffey, Kirk Becker and wife Jami; three grandchildren, Macy, MaKenzie and Kade Becker; two brothers, Eugene Becker and wife Wilma of Austin, Dennis Becker and wife Jane of Thorndale; two sisters, Betty Davis of Irving, Linda Lugg and husband Dennis of Aransas Pass; a sister-in-law, Gracie Cargill and husband James of Thorndale; and a brother-in-law Kelton Schneider and wife Alice.

Pallbearers were Craig Becker, Chris Becker, Heath Cargill, Chris Cottle, Clint Davis, Keith Davis, Brackin Finney, Marty Irwin, John Kropp and Bradley Shirocky.

Honorary pallbearers were his many relatives, friends and coworkers.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church General Fund, P.O. Box 369 Thorndale, TX 76577 or to Thorndale Ex-Students Association, P.O. Box 393, Thorndale, TX 76577.

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