Arnold Ewald Becker

Apr 15, 2018
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10:30 AM on Monday, April 23, 2018 at Walnut Ridge Baptist Church, 1307 West Ridgeway Ave., Waterloo


2:00 PM - 4:30 PM on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at Walnut Ridge Baptist Church, 1307 West Ridgeway Ave., Waterloo


Private burial in Waterloo Memorial Park Cemetery


Walnut Ridge Baptist Church or Waterloo Christian School, 1307 W. Ridgeway Avenue, Waterloo, IA 50701.



Arnold Ewald Becker went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, April 15, 2018, in Waterloo, Iowa, at the age of 90, surrounded by his family. 


Arnold was born on September 19, 1927, to Arnold & Margarethe (Veenenga) Becker in Leer, Ostfriesland, Germany. Arnold is survived by his wife, Helga Esther Becker, of 65 years, and four daughters, Becky (Mark) Tink of Waterloo, Iowa; Dianne (Mark) Chanski of Holland, Michigan; Elizabeth (David) Oster of West Chicago, Illinois; and Margaret Becker of Winfield, Illinois; as well as 12 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Three of Arnold’s sisters continue to reside in Germany: Helga Halfwassen, Ruth Dethleffsen, and Hanna Schröder.


Arnold was preceded in death by his parents, brother Remmer Becker,  sister Ulla Brustat, and infant grandson Daniel Oster.  


Arnold was educated in Leer and went on to trade school while working in his father’s business, Becker Plumbing & Heating.  He enlisted in the German military in 1942 and was trained in seamanship and navigation on the Hörst Wessel ship. Thereafter he was drafted in the German Navy. After World War II, Arnold returned to Leer and earned his Masters degree in industrial design in September 1951.


Arnold proposed and was engaged to marry Helga Kniep in 1950 after their short acquaintance in the church and before her departure to the United States. Then in 1952, Arnold joined his fiancée Helga in the United States where they married at Calvary Baptist Church in New York City, NY.  Soon after they made Waterloo, Iowa their home. Arnold joined the start-up of Young Plumbing & Heating Company in 1953 welcomed by Dick Young as an apprentice and eventually served as president, from 1974 until his retirement in 1994.  


In 1957 Arnold became a citizen of the United States of America, which was a title he always regarded as a great honor and privilege.


He is best known to his family and closest friends as a man of God and a man of integrity. Arnold loved God and His Savior, Jesus Christ; he loved his family, the church, and local community. He enjoyed serving in roles such as teacher, trustee and deacon at Walnut Street and then Walnut Ridge Baptist Church. He served as president of the Waterloo Water Works, as a long time member of the Rotary Club, and as a board member of Cornerstone University.


Arnold enjoyed being crew or captain on a variety of sail boat types, flying small aircraft, playing handball and becoming a master windsurfer. His love and compassion for those in physical and spiritual need was also apparent in how he spent his time and resources, including participation with Christian education, and such organizations as Food for the Hungry, Samaritan’s Purse, and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.  


The family extends heartfelt gratitude for the support of so many over the years, the entire Young family, the Walnut Ridge church family, and the most recent compassionate care given to Arnold by the Friendship Village medical center staff.

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  1. Gary E West | Apr 21, 2018
    It was a great honor to have been touched in my journey though life and to have known Arnold. He made it a wonderful place where ever he was.  
  2. Kirk and Lori Cowell | Apr 19, 2018

    Our deepest sympathy to the whole Becker family. We have so many memories of the love of Jesus Christ that The Arnold Becker family has shown to so many. Praying for grace in the days ahead as you go on without him here on earth. But because what Jesus Christ did on the cross we shall see him again. 

    Praying for you all,

    Kirk and Lori Cowell

  3. Mark Reiher | Apr 19, 2018
    I did not know your Dad however, learned of their journey from Mark. I wish my Dad could have met Arnold and Helga however, he passed away last year at 93. We share a similar German history as my Grandparents made the same journey. I am always fascinated by the stories of how we all got here! Truly a remarkable life and a remarkable man! God Bless.
  4. Troy Telepnev | Apr 19, 2018
    My heart hurts today with the knowledge of your passing.  Growing up you frequently extended your home, family, faith, and guidance to my brother and I.  Often I speak on memories being joyfully terrified on the trampoline with Liz and Becky or your valiant but failed attempts to teach me to water ski at Clear Lake.  You had an effortless way of infecting people with a joy for life and your capacity for family focus was quite simply part of your DNA.  You cared about Young's as you would a family and you cared about the families of those that worked there.  Your friends were an extension of your family and you treated them as such.  Your priorities never seemed to waver of God, family, life, work.  From my first memories of you and with each interaction year after year, decade after decade, you were the same person.  I could always count on seeing that smile.  You lead by example and what an example that was.  Directly or subconsciously you had profound impact on how I viewed life and work and as a result there's not a week that goes by that my son, family, or friends say "You're such a kid!".  Thanks Arnold.  God bless.
  5. Lois Dunkerton | Apr 19, 2018
    I will always remember the talk you gave at the WRBC seniors lunch about your German roots and the war.  Lord bless Helga and familly.

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