READING — A graveside service with military honors will be held Tuesday, May 13 at 11 a.m. at the Vermont Veterans Cemetery in Randolph Center for Giles H. Becker, 91, a former longtime resident of Reading, who passed away April 14 at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington.
He was born June 2, 1922 in Windsor, son of Harold G. and Bertha (Gibson) Becker.
He received his schooling in Reading.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during World War II. Following his honorable discharge in 1945 he returned to Reading.
He married Mary Mack in Windsor in 1964.
Mr. Becker was employed as an automobile mechanic in Reading until moving to Nashua, N.H. where he was employed in a woodworking shop for several years.
Giles returned to Reading upon the passing of his wife in 1978. He has resided at the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington since 1991. He was a lifetime member of Windsor American Legion Post #25 and the Windsor Elks Lodge #1665. He was also a lifetime member of the Bennington VFW Post #1332 and the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Bennington.
He greatly enjoyed playing cribbage and was a former Vermont State Champion.
Survivors include one sister, Beverley Garrapy of Reading; four stepchildren, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his wife; his parents; one sister, Barbara Simonds in 1981, and two brothers, Gerald Becker in 2001 and Joel Becker in 2007.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at 150 Cambridge Park Drive, Boston, Mass. 02140.
The Knight Funeral Home in Windsor is entrusted with the arrangements.
Condolences may be made to Giles’s family in an online guestbook at www.knightfuneralhomes.com
This obituary first appeared in the April 24, 2014 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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