The Obit For Mertis Becker

Mertis E. Becker

Published in Evening Sun on September 7, 2011

HANOVER Mertis E. Becker, 85, entered into God's eternal care, Tuesday, September 6, 2011, at the Hanover Hall Nursing Home. He was the husband of Gloria M. (Bowers) Becker to whom he would have been married to for 53 years on September 14, 2011.

Born June 12, 1926 in Hanover, he was the son of the late John C. and Mabel (Hesson) Yingling Becker. Mertis served as a sergeant in the United States Army during World War II. He retired from the Hanover Post Office in 1987 after 33 years as a mailman.

Mr. Becker was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Broadway, Hanover. He was also a member of the Hanover Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post #2506 and the Hanover American Legion, Post #14. Mertis was very involved in Hanover area sports.

He played shortstop for the St. Louis Browns, a minor league baseball team which is now known as the Baltimore Orioles. Mr. Becker was a member of a basketball team sponsored by the late Sonny Sheppard as well as being an avid bowler. He was a member of the American Bowling Congress.

In addition to his wife, Mertis is survived by a son, Timothy Lynn Becker of Hanover; a daughter, Patricia Becker Yingling and husband, Shawn of Hanover; and one granddaughter, Brenna A. Yingling of Hanover.

He was preceded in death by three half-brothers, Francis Yingling, Charles Yingling and Allen Becker.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1214 Broadway, Hanover, with the Rev. Terrence McCarthy officiating.

Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery, Hanover.

A time to view and share memories with the family will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1214 Broadway, Hanover, PA 17331; or to the charity of your choice.

The Kenworthy Funeral Home, Inc., 269 Frederick St., Hanover, has been entrusted by the family with the funeral arrangements.

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