Father’s Day recollections

| June 22, 2011
My father, William Henry Becker Sr., at age 14.

My father, William Henry Becker Sr., at age 14.

Here are some Father’s Day pictures.

My own father, William Henry Beck Sr., was one of 12 children. He and my mother, Verna Lilly Becker, had four outstanding sons: William Henry Jr. was a judge advocate general lawyer in World War II who was outstanding as a Supreme Court judge in Kansas City.

When I asked for his resumé, the court sent two pounds of copy for his triumphs. I lived at his house in Columbia, Mo., while I attended journalism school in honor of my brother, Lt. Thomas David Becker, a newspaper editor who served in the Second Marines during World War II and was killed at Tarawa and received a posthumous silver star.

You are reading this because I am carrying on his work.

My brother Albert Lilly Becker graduated from the Navy Academy. He was  submarine captain who served in the Atlantic and the Pacific during World War II and was cited for bravery.

My other brother, Francis MaGrath Becker, attended Riverside Academy in Florida on a music and scholastic scholarship. He died of appendicitis when our maid gave him castor oil for a stomachache while my mother attended William Henry’s graduation and marriage.

I was the only girl.

My father, William Henry Becker Sr., is shown here at age 14. He found his calling when a cousin asked him to “hold his job” at the Mississippi State Tax Commission. When the cousin returned from combat, he has established himself as a tax expert, making him rich in later years, working in Oregon near Crater Lake where I visited him and learned to ski.

U.S. Open

The fabulous golfer, Rory McIlroy, 22, from Northern Ireland, who just won the U.S. Open Tournament Sunday at Congressional Golf Course in Bethesda, Md. by an unprecedented score of 16-under, hugged his father Gerry McIroy who met his son after his final putt on the 18th green.

A Calvary Church member with one of the Lost Boys of the Sudan.

A Calvary Church member with one of the Lost Boys of the Sudan.

“Happy Father’s Day,” he said.

I watched every shot!

Congratulations, Rory!

Lost Boys of the Sudan

Fathers were recruited by Calvary Church years ago as adopted parents to the Lost Boys of the Sudan. The foster father (I lost his name) lays his hands on the shoulders of a young man who needed help.

This picture says it all.

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Lucie Blodgett
Always out and about at happenings around town, Lucie Blodgett has been writing a weekly column for The Voice-Tribune for more than two decades.

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