Rev, Dr. Gene A. Becker
The Rev. Dr. Gene A. Becker, aged 88 years, departed this life at his home in St. Louis, Missouri on Wednesday, October 7, 2020.
Rev. Becker was born on May 23, 1932 to Joseph and Alfrieda (nee Freund) Becker in St. Louis. He attended public school. His secondary education includes a B.A. degree from Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, Illinois; and from Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri the degrees of Bachelor of Divinity, Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry. He was ordained into Christian ministry in June, 1957. He was among the last to be ordained in the Evangelical and Reformed Church as his ordination preceded the merger of the E&R Church with the Congregational Christian Church which formed the United Church of Christ.
He was united in marriage to Marlene Moehnke on August 30, 1958. She preceded him in death on March 04, 2011 after 52 years of marriage. They were the parents of two children, Cynthia Moeller and Warren Becker.
Rev. Becker served faithfully in the church until illness limited his abilities in 2011. He pastored churches in Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri. He also served as chaplain at the Good Samaritan Home for the Aged in St. Louis. Throughout his ministry he was compassionate about the care and well-being of those he served in his congregations and throughout the wider community. He worked to help establish kindergarten education and mental health services in Calumet County Wisconsin. He was a strong advocate for hospice services in St. Louis. His doctoral thesis, completed in June, 1977, was entitled “Psychological & Spiritual Understanding of the Adult Cancer Patient.” His love and compassion touched the lives of many who knew him as their pastor.
In his life outside of ministerial service cherished memories were created through camping trips with the families of close friends. Rev. Becker found a great deal of enjoyment playing pinochle and dominoes. He was always ready to share stories of his life and ministry with new friends and especially those who provided care in his last years. He was an avid fan of St. Louis Cardinals Baseball, St. Blues Hockey and the Green Bay Packers. “oodles of noodles” were never in short supply per his expectations.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Marlene; his parents; one brother, Robert; a son-in-law Henry McCreary; a daughter-in-law, Patricia Becker. Surviving his passing are his daughter Cynthia and her husband, Bruce Moeller of St. Louis; his son, Warren Becker of Wisconsin; step- grandchildren Miranda Moeller and wife, Courtney Staley ; Eric Moeller and wife Jorie; two step-great-grandsons Keagan and Charley Moeller; a sister-in-law, Jan Moehnke; three nieces and three nephews; and a host of cherished friends.
Rev. Becker has been cremated through the services of Kutis Funeral Home in St. Louis. He was the former pastor and member of Eden United Church of Christ in Affton, Missouri. A celebration of life will be held at Eden UCC on an unspecified date pending reopening due to Covid-19 closures. It is anticipated that the service will be scheduled in January, 2021. Memorial tributes may be directed to Eden UCC in Affton, Eden Theological Seminary in Webster Groves, Missouri, or to an agency of the donor’s choice.