KEARNEY — Gerald W. “Jerry” Becker, 78, of Kearney died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, at CHI Health Good Samaritan.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Alan Davis officiating. Burial will be at Kearney Cemetery.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Monday at Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services and one hour before services Tuesday at the church.

Jerry was born Dec. 30, 1940, on a farm south of Aurora to Harold and Gladys (Gilmore) Becker. He grew up on a farm near Stockham and graduated from McCool Junction High School in 1958. During high school, Jerry began working for Caldwell Manufacturing in Fairmont.

After high school he moved to Kearney where he earned a bachelor’s degree from Kearney State College. While attending Kearney State College he continued working for Caldwell Manufacturing, which had relocated to Kearney. This led to a career of over 30 years, during which time he eventually became the general manager of the Kearney plant.

In 1991, Jerry became the owner and operator of Bill’s Liquor until retiring in 2006.

He was a member of the inaugural class of Leadership Kearney, past board member of the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce, and Blue Cross Blue Shield. Jerry also helped start the Kearney Bluejay baseball program.

Jerry enjoyed gardening, doing yard work, spending time outdoors, taking pictures and following his grandchildren’s activities.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Carol Becker of Kearney; sons, John Becker and wife Dawn, Chuck Becker and wife Doris, and Terry Becker and wife Erin, all of Kearney; grandchildren, Meagan Becker, Jaiden Becker, Zach Warnken, Megan Cowen, David Cowen, Faith Becker, Anthony Becker, Michaela Becker, Isaac Becker and Alexis Becker; great-grandchild, Skylar Tompkins; brother, Glen Becker and wife Cindy of Harvard; and sister, Barb Rhodes and husband John of Utica.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Judy Becker.

Memorials are suggested to Alzheimer’s Association.

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