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Obituary: Becker, Richard Walter “Dick”

Age 72

BECKER, Richard Walter “Dick” (Age 72) Passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, April 27th, while working on the family farm in Monroe, Washing-ton. He was 72 years old. Dick was born in Wallace, Idaho on August 4th, 1940, the only child of Walter and Jessie Becker. He grew up in the Spokane Valley where his parents owned the Greenacres Variety Store and he graduated from Central Valley High School. Dick attended Washington State University where he made lifelong Cougar friends. He met his future wife, Gerry, at a freshman dance the first week of school. Dick and Gerry celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last year, gathering with family and close friends in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Dick graduated from WSU with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1963 and started down a path that would be both a job and a passion for his entire life. He eventually started his own company, Engineered Electrical Systems, Inc. in Bellevue on April 1st, 1969, a date he always laughed about, calling it an April Fool’s joke. Dick was very active with a number of associations and societies within the electrical industry including IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers), and IAEI (International Association of Electrical Inspectors). He also contributed countless hours to the National Electrical Code. He was very involved in the local electrical industry as a board member and past president of the Electric League of the Pacific Northwest. He loved everything about electrical engineering and he never did retire; his job was both work and play for him. Dick and Gerry have three children: Mark, Christy (Doug) McKiernan, and Julie (Julian) Brown. They have seven grandchildren - Melanie and Alicia Becker, Zach, Erin and Lauren McKiernan, and Jessie and Sydney Brown. His grandkids loved their grandpa and will miss him terribly. Dick had friends everywhere and he loved an adventure. He was an irrepressible force in the lives of his friends and family and was happiest when “the plan came together”. The family spent 40+ summers at Hill’s Resort in Priest Lake, Idaho, always bringing a variety of friends. He spent many hours in his various boats teaching his kids and all his kids’ friends to water ski. He brought all the fun toys - motorcycles, sailboats, motor scooters, kayaks, lots and lots of water skis, etc. He was a kid at heart. He loved his breakfasts at the lodge, his dates with his kids and grandkids, and time spent with close friends. Dick and Gerry loved vacationing, with Dick’s destinations of choice being Maui and Las Vegas or anywhere with their Cougar friends - a group of couples all with ties to WSU. A funeral mass will be held Saturday, May 11th at Noon at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bellevue, Washington. Please sign the online guestbook that can be found at In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Richard Becker Electrical Industries Scholarship Foundation, a component fund of the Seattle Foundation. For details on how to donate please view the online obituary that can be found at the link above.


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