Shipmate Walter Becker passed away at 5:00 pm on Monday, June 23, 2003 in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

Walt was a former Treasurer of the USS Rich Association who found it necessary to step down in late 2002 due to illness. He had been unanimously re-elected to a second term at the 2002 Rich Reunion in Beaufort, SC.

Walt made a valuable contribution to the Association and was always ready to go 'beyond the call of duty' for his shipmates. His presence will be sadly missed at our reunions which he regularly attended along with wife Louise. Our thoughts and prayers go to her and the family during this most difficult time.

Published in the Pocono Record on 6/24/2003.

Walter E. Becker Jr., 64, of Stroudsburg, passed away on Monday, June 23, at Pleasant Valley Manor in Hamilton Township, Stroudsburg. He was the beloved companion of Louise Hoskins.

Born on Aug. 12, 1938, in Syracuse, N.Y., he was the son of the late Walter E. and Mary (Petta) Becker Sr.

Retiring in 1996, he worked for Tobyhanna Army Depot as an electronics technician for many years. Walter was a lifetime member of Thomas P. Lambert VFW Post 2540, East Stroudsburg; member and past commander of American Legion, George M. Kemp Post 346, East Stroudsburg; and member and past treasurer of USS Rich Association.

A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he served during the Vietnam War.

Walter was a loving companion, father, grandfather and brother throughout his lifetime.

In addition to his companion, Louise, he is survived by one son, Norm Hoskins and his wife, Barbara, of Tunkhannock; one daughter, Bonnie Sibum and her husband, Herman, of East Stroudsburg; one sister, Barbara Gates of Syracuse, N.Y.; four grandchildren, Rachel, Eileen, and Michael, all of Tunkhannock, and Max of East Stroudsburg; and many nieces and nephews. Walter was predeceased by one son, Walter E. Becker III; and one sister, Mary Messer.

A prayer service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 30, at Lanterman & Allen Funeral Home, 27 Washington St., East Stroudsburg. The Rev. Father Vara Prasad will serve as celebrant. A military burial at sea will take place at the convenience of the family.



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