Merlin R. Becker

March 14, 1925 - June 13, 2022


Obituary For Merlin R. Becker

VERONA - Merlin Roger “Dutch” Becker, age 97, passed away at home in his sleep on June 13, 2022. He was born on March 14, 1925 to Henry and Martha (Radtke) Becker in Columbus, WI. Dutch grew up in Madison’s Glen Oak Hills area and graduated from West High in 1943. He was inducted into the army and assigned to Company A of the 7th Infantry Division. Dutch was a member of the ground force invasion of both Leyte and Okinawa and earned two Bronze Stars and other combat merit awards. After WWII he attended Madison Business College and lived for a short time in California. Back in Madison he began working as a liquid petroleum service salesman. On December 9, 1950 he married Delores “Dee” Peterson. They moved to Verona and raised four children. He was a member of St. James Lutheran Church, American Legion Post 385 and a Verona volunteer firefighter. Dutch enjoyed family, square dancing, camping, playing cards, bowling, golfing, a good joke and a stiff martini. He and Delores enjoyed traveling throughout the US, particularly to California, Nevada and Hawaii. They took several cruises and travelled to Russia and Europe. In retirement, Dutch was a crossing guard for the Verona school district, volunteer at the Verona Senior Center and a “master” puzzle assembler. Dutch was predeceased by his sister, Eleanor Goss; brother-in-law, Bill Scheer; and son-in-law, Howard Orloff. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Delores; their children, Corinne Orloff, Bruce (Barb), Barth (Ruth) and Cheryl (Randy) Michaels; nine grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. He is further survived by his sister, Dorothy Scheer of Madison; brothers, Don (Diane) of Carson City, Nevada, Dennis of New Lisbon; and a brother-in-law, Ken Goss of Madison. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00AM on Friday, June 24, 2022 at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 220 Enterprise Drive, Verona. A visitation will be held from 10:00AM until time of service on Friday at the funeral home. Burial at Verona Cemetery with full military honors following the service. A special thanks to Agrace Hospice for their loving care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services Verona Chapel 220 Enterprise Drive 608-845-6625


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24 Jun

Celebration of Life

11:00 AM

Ryan Funeral Homes – Verona 220 S. Enterprise Drive Verona, WI 53593 Get Directions »
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  • 06/28/2022

    Dear Delores, Dutch was an inspiration, a guiding light, and role model to us all! Such a kind and gentle soul. We are blessed to have had our life paths cross on Earth. Please know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Such a beautiful guardian angel you now have! Sincerely, Dr. Dan & Sue Wadzinski

  • 06/24/2022

    I will remember my Uncle Dutch who always smiled and found time for his nieces and nephews. I know my mother, Eleanor was appreciative of her kind brother. I will be thinking of the Becker family as they they say say goodbye.

  • 06/24/2022

    I'll never forget bringing Grandpa and Grandma my "culinary 1" creations during my lunch break in high school! Who knows if they ever actually ate them!

  • 06/24/2022

    Thank you for your service

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