Dale Becker, 88, of Rochester

Dale Becker, 88, of Rochester, passed away peacefully, surrounded by
his loving family at 11:23 AM, on Monday, August 28, 2023 at
Woodlawn Hospital.

On May 7, 1935, Lawrence Dale Becker was born in Rochester to
Walter Hale “Mike” and Lucille Sweany Becker. Proudly he graduated
from Rochester High School in 1954.

Dale married his love of his life and best friend, Norma Jean Enyart, on
September 4, 1955. Knowing each other since childhood, there was
hardly a time you would see Dale without Norma. This Sunday, they
would have celebrated their 68th anniversary.

Growing up in Rochester, Dale made many lifelong friends. A stellar
athlete, he played on the varsity basketball team and was a member of

the undefeated 1954 Zebra football team! Go Zebras! During his
RHS tenure he played both varsity football and basketball for all four
years. Playing at forward, Dale was the team's top scorer during his
senior year. Throughout the years he kept in touch with teammates and
coaches and many other friends. Upon graduation, Dale was recruited to
play basketball for Western New Mexico College in Silver City, NM.
Dale later transferred and graduated from Indiana University School of

Dale began working for W.T. Grant, where he managed and opened new
stores throughout Michigan, Ohio. Wisconsin, Illinois and northern
Indiana. In the early 70’s Dale and Norma settled in Elwood and opened
a Coast-to-Coast hardware. He was also the street commissioner for the
City of Elwood. Wherever they traveled, they always remained close to
friends and family back home. So, it seemed natural when they moved
back to Rochester in 1981 and began their life at the lake.

Evenings and weekends were spent cheering on their son Jeff, who
played varsity basketball and football for the Zebras. For many years,
Dale and Norma worked at Enyart’s True-Value with many family
members including his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Emerson and
Barbara, his nieces, June and Janet and many friends. Dale loved
working but he finally retired on March 29, 2019. However, retirement
did not slow him down at all! He spent the last few years finishing up
projects and helping his kids with theirs. Never afraid of learning
something new, Dale became a very handy man. If he was not working
on renovations to their home, he shared his knowledge (and
weekends…and tools) with his kids. He loved those weekend (and
sometimes longer-than-weekend) projects!

Paramount of importance to Dale was family and friends. Dale and
Norma were blessed with three children, six grandchildren and seven
great-grandchildren. He loved spending time with them, especially on
the boat or on their deck for family cookouts. For many years, Dale
could be found cruising around the lake with whoever was visiting that
weekend. Many vacations were taken all over with family. He loved
watching his son and grandson play and sing in their bands, going to
grandkids many activities, but mostly just hanging out. He couldn’t wait
to catch up with friends each weekend and at reunions.

Left to cherish Dale's memory are his loving wife of 68 years, Norma;
daughter, Connie Scher and husband Marty of South Whitley; two sons: Dennis
Becker and companion Cathy Collins, Jeff Becker and wife Lisa all of
Rochester; five grandchildren: Micheal Becker and wife Jenny,
Annemarie Baker, Christine Baker, Kellie Scobie and husband Chad,
Reagan Becker; seven great-grandchildren: Shelby Becker, Sophia
Becker, Camden Baker, Karsyn Baker, Seth Flenar, Amelia Scobie,
Watson Scobie; three sisters-in-law: Suzanne Beattie, Barbara Enyart,
Pat Enyart; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding Dale in death are his parents, grandson Jamie Becker, and
brother Don Beattie.

A celebration of the life of Dale Becker will be at 1:00 PM on Saturday,
September 2, 2023 in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West
18th St., Rochester. Mr. Mike Murphy will host.

Friends may visit with the family from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Saturday in the funeral home.

Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Fulton County Cancer Fund through the Northern
Indiana Community Foundation, 227 East 9th St., Rochester, IN 46975.

Online expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at