George E. Becker Jr., 87, Korea vet, Armstrong manager, sports official, active civic volunteer

By on January 23, 2019

George E. (Bud) Becker Jr., 87, of Lititz, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, after a lengthy illness.

Born in Buffalo, N.Y., he was the son of the late George E. and Louise M. Becker. He was the devoted husband of Joyce Noeltner Becker, to whom he was married for 66 years.

He will be lovingly missed by his four children: Stephen E. (Susan) of Millersville, Kathleen Brubaker of Denver, Paul G. of Mountville, and Michelle L. (Carl) Petticoffer of Ephrata. Also surviving are eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his sisters: Martha Fierle and Irene Harding, and brother, Elwood Becker.

George was an employee of Armstrong World Industries for 39 years serving in several managerial positions.

He was an active member of St. James Episcopal Church where he served as a life member of the vestry, a junior warden, head of ushers, as a volunteer in the Anchorage breakfast program, chair of the Memorial Committee, and co-chair of the Every Member Canvas.

He was a member of the board of directors, vice-president and chair of the annual fund drive of the Rohrerstown Fire Company. He was a volunteer serving the Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center in Lititz. He also served as a volunteer at Moravian Manor, where he resided with his wife upon his passing.

He was a member of the Officials Club of Lancaster serving as an official for swimming, diving, and track. He enjoyed sports; particularly golf, squash, racquetball and tennis as well as photography, bridge and reading.

George graduated from the Virginia Military Institute (VMI – Lexington, Va.) in 1952 with a B.S. degree in physics, after which he served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged with a rank of 1st Lieutenant.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the staff of Moravian Manor and Masonic Village Hospice for the care they provided.

A celebration of George’s life will be held at Moravian Manor, 300 W. Lemon St., Lititz, on Friday, Jan. 25 at 11 a.m. Family and friends will be received from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. A private interment will take place in St. James Episcopal Church’s Memorial Garden at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Moravian Manor Benevolent Care Fund, 300 W. Lemon St., Lititz, PA 17543 (; or Masonic Village Hospice, One Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, PA 17022-2219 (

To send an online condolence, visit Arrangements entrusted to DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory, Lancaster.

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