James Becker, 48, of Britt passed away Friday, December 5, 2014 at Kossuth Regional Health Center in Algona.
Funeral services for Jim Becker will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at the Evangelical Free Church of Britt, 810 2nd Avenue North West in Britt with Pastor Stan Johnson officiating.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM at the Evangelical Free Church of Britt, 810 2nd Avenue North West in Britt, and will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday.
James Grant Becker was born March 15, 1966 to Ivan and Mary (Zimmerman) Becker in Naperville, Illinois. He grew up in the Oswego, Illinois area and graduated from Oswego High School.
Following high school, Jim attended the University of Illinois for a time before moving to California to pursue a career in acting. Jim appeared in many episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation over the first few seasons it aired.
In 1989, while on vacation at Leech Lake in Minnesota, Jim met Tamara Harle. The couple later married at the Evangelical Free Church in Britt on June 29, 1991. To this union, children Collin, Mallory and Gavin were born. Jim and Tammy made their home in the Twin Cities where Jim completed his Bachelors Degree at the University of Minnesota while Tammy finished her MBA program.
Following college graduation, Jim and Tammy continued to live in the Twin Cities area, where Jim worked in a management role for Energy Solutions, an energy efficient lighting contractor.
In 1999, Jim began training with State Farm Insurance and he eventually became the State Farm Agent in Britt, taking over the business previously owned by Joe Wellik. Jim often described his career with State Farm as rewarding; he enjoyed owning a small business in a rural community and serving his customers’ needs.
Jim looked forward to the family’s annual boating trip to Leech Lake. He was an avid sports fan; he enjoyed watching the Steelers and Cubs, volunteering as a basketball, track and football coach for his children’s teams and attending their sporting events. His love for his family and for God was his first priority.
Jim was a long time member of the Evangelical Free Church of Britt, where he served as treasurer and participated in various drama productions. He was also a member of the Britt Chamber of Commerce.
Jim is survived by his wife Tammy Becker of Britt; son Collin Becker of St. Paul, Minnesota, daughter Mallory Becker and son Gavin Becker, both of Britt; parents Ivan and Mary Becker of Oswego, Illinois; siblings Karen (Gregg) Wheeler of Oswego, Kent (Sue) Becker of Oswego, Teresa (Bob) Stoppel of Oswego and Mary Jane Becker of Sugar Grove, Illinois; along with numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
Jim was preceded in death by his grandparents and father-in-law Alfred Harle in 1997.