Pella Chronicle


June 28, 2013

Josh Becker

Pella — Joshua (Josh) Marvin Becker, 14 years old, of Urbandale, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, June 16, 2013 at Blank Children's Hospital in Des Moines.

Josh was born on February 19, 1999.  He was the beloved son of Mark and Susan Becker and the treasured brother of Alyssa.

Josh was a 7th grader at Summit Middle School in Johnston.   He was a compassionate young man who lived by the words, "there are no strangers here, only friends you haven't met."  He touched the lives and the hearts of everyone he encountered; classmates, teachers, school bus drivers, nurses, doctors, respite care workers, friends, and family.  His delightful sense of humor and quick wit brought joy to others.

Josh delighted in the time he had with his family.  Many happy hours were spent on the family boat.  Josh was the perfect fishing buddy and swimming companion.

School buses were of great interest to Josh.  He enjoyed riding on them, watching for and collecting bus numbers, and especially visiting the bus barn.  The Johnston Department of Transportation named Josh an Honorary Bus Driver.

Josh loved and admired his older sister, Alyssa.  He enjoyed her care and attention.  Josh dreamed of following in her footsteps, and attending Drake University.

Josh is survived by his parents, Mark and Susan Becker of Urbandale, a sister Alyssa Becker of Urbandale, maternal grandparents, Marvin and Betty Vander Werff of Pella, and paternal grandparents Lois Becker of Boone, and Jack and Donna Becker of Boone.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 22, 2013 at The Bridge, 10025 NW 62nd Ave in Johnston.  Visitation will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Hamilton’s on Westown Parkway, 3601 Westown Parkway in West Des Moines.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family for distribution to various charities in loving memory of Josh.  Online condolences may be expressed at

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