Edwin Benjamin Becka

Edwin Becka loved to play dominos and almost any crazy card game with family and friends. If he heard cards shuffling or dominos clacking, often he was the first to join in the fun. He had to be sharp when he played dominos with his Dad and always had a fun time when playing dominos against his mother-in-law, Elvira. Monthly card parties with friends when we lived in Chicago was a highpoint when parents and kids gathered fun meals and games. Also, Ed enjoyed camping and fishing as long as the weather did not get too rough. He said “roughing it “with the US Army made him enjoy fair weather camping. The family camping adventures grew as the family grew. Camping started from the back of a station wagon on the beach at Padre Island to tents in Texas, then onto a popup trailer taking us through the great Southwest and finally to pulling a trailer to state parks for weekend fishing trips. Edwin treasured these activities to entertain and enrich his family and friends.

Edwin was born and raised in Raymondville, TX in the Rio Grande Valley; son of a baker and businessman. As a youth, he worked agricultural and auto dealership jobs. He was even a roughneck on an oil derrick one summer. He served with the US Army and had a tour in Germany. After his service, he worked as an aircraft mechanic until he graduated from Texas Pan American (now University of Texas – Pan American). He was hired as a US Customs Inspector and rose through the ranks. His career took him and family through Texas, then Chicago and finally to Kansas City as a US Customs, Special Agent. After retirement, he worked in accounting with DIT-M-Co.

Edwin (1927 to 2020) peacefully passed away on Monday, January 20, 2020 at home. He was surrounded by family and friends when his time on earth ended. He bravely fought the ailments that placed him in a wheel chair and eventually took his strength. He did his best to prevent these burdens from keeping him from family and friends.

Edwin is survived by his wife, Lucille Klier Becka, married for 67 years. Also surviving him are his sons and daughter with their spouses, Gary and Renee Becka, David Becka, Mary and Reed High, and Steven and Bridget Becka. Grandchildren include Josh and Cara Becka, Nathan and Jami Becka, Morgan High, Erin High, Blake Becka and Ryan and Kayla Jennings. Great grandchildren included Riley and Emma Grace Jennings. Edwin’s sister, Mildred Whaley survives Edwin, too. Proceeding him in death were his parents Otto and Millie Becka and parent in-laws Elgin and Elvira Klier.

Funeral service for Edwin Becka will be held at Blue Ridge Presbyterian Church in Raytown on February 1, 2020. Visitation is at 1:00 PM and Memorial Service at 2:00 PM. Blue Ridge Presbyterian Church is on 6429 Blue Ridge Blvd, Raytown, MO 64133. Please make charitable donations to your preferred charities in Edwin Becka’s honor.


  1. Billy Parker on January 25, 2020 at 10:18 am

    So sorry for your loss.

  2. Gary Gates on January 25, 2020 at 11:59 am

    My condolences on the passing of your father. I offer my thoughts, prayers and well-wishes during this difficult time in your life.

  3. Pete Biggs on January 25, 2020 at 12:32 pm

    Gary, my thoughts are with you. May God’s grace soothe you and your family in this time of sadness.

  4. Larry Ramsey on January 25, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    Sorry for your loss.

  5. Della Pohler on January 26, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  6. Kathi Graf on January 26, 2020 at 11:28 pm

    Sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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