Duane Roger Becker, 73, of Redfield, SD, passed away at his residence on Saturday, July 14, 2018. His funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 20, 2018 at Hyke Funeral Home in Redfield. Reverend Marty Toepke-Floyd will officiate. Interment, with military honors, will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery in Redfield.
Visitation will be Thursday, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., at Hyke Funeral Home. Family will be present during this time to accept condolences. Arrangements have been entrusted to Hyke Funeral Home of Redfield (www.hykefuneralhome.com).
Duane Roger Becker was born May 24, 1945 in Redfield to Harold and Vera (Schmidt) Becker. Duane graduated from Redfield High School in 1963. He went into the U.S. Army right out of high school and served for three years, including a one-year tour in Germany with the infantry.
After his honorable discharge, Duane returned home to work with his brother, Darwin, doing fencing. Following that, he went to work for Kenny Bacon as a crop sprayer. On May 19, 1977, Duane was in a plane accident which ended that career. After recovery, he worked various jobs until he moved to Rapid City, SD. While in Rapid City, he held various positions including a direct support person for the group homes with the Black Hills Workshop, taxi driving, security and found his passion with the many, MANY, miles truck driving.
Duane spent a lot of time and holidays with his family in the Rapid City area for many years until health issues arose and he moved back to the Redfield area to be closer to his daughter, Stephanie, and his grandchildren. He loved his coffee and the caramel rolls at Leo’s Good Food. He was a jokester and enjoyed making people laugh.
Duane is survived by his son Derik (Sammy) Eberle and their six children of Sioux Falls, SD; daughter Stephanie (“step in half”) Eberle and her children Sage, Skyann, and Sterlin of Redfield; daughter Diana Jo (Terry) Burger and their two children of Howard, SD; and son Robert Enoch and his son of Sioux Falls. He is also survived by his sisters: Darlene (Ken) Kunze of St. Paul, NE and Dixie (Steven) Hickens of Rapid City; nieces and nephews: Brad, Tonya, Dustin, Cindi, Jamey, Steven and Stephanie; and numerous great-nieces and nephews who he had a special bond with and a nick name for each and every one of them.
He is preceded in death by his parents; daughter Deidre in infancy; son Gunnar who lost his young life in Iraq while serving in the military; and brother Darwin.