STANWOOD - Gerald "Jiggs" Wallace Becken, 76, died May 23. 2006, in Stanwood. Born May 3, 1930, in Ilwaco, he was the fifth and youngest son of Leonard "Skeet" and Nellie Becken.
He attended the Ilwaco school system, graduating from high school in 1949. He joined the Air Force later that same year and made it his career, retiring as a technical sergeant and moving back to Ilwaco in 1970. His military service included tours of duty in Vietnam, Korea, Greenland, Japan, Philippines, and various locations across the United States.
After retirement from the military, he held numerous jobs, including driving a cement truck, driving a school bus for the Ocean Beach School District and operating the Ilwaco Liquor Store. He was an active member of the Kiwanis, serving as secretary for many years.
In 1952 he married Marjorie Jean Brumbach and devoted his life to her. Together, they lived all over the world, raised three children, and devoted their lives to helping others. Their family included the friends of their kids as well as many others who often just referred to them as mom and dad.
Mr. Becken had a great love for life and enjoyed sharing it with others. He readily stepped up to help out yet never missed spending time with his wife, his kids, the grandkids, and great-grandkids.
He was preceded in death by his wife Marjorie in October 2005. He is survived by his brother Leonard Becken, two sons Gary Becken of Yuma, Ariz., and Guy Becken of Des Moines; a daughter Peggy Webb of Stanwood; seven grandchildren, Greg, Amanda, Chris, Matthew, Andrea, Jason, and Jeremy and three great-grandchildren Ethan, Breanna, and Ellie.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 17, at 1 p.m. at Penttila's Chapel by the Sea in Long Beach. Inurnment will be at the Ilwaco Cemetery. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Kiwanis Youth Fund c/o Penttila's Chapel, P.O. Box 417, Long Beach, WA. 98631.
Mr. and Mrs. Becken certainly embraced life and lived it to the fullest. They had a wonderful life; their lives touched many people and these many people have a lot of great memories. And now our parents are back together again for the rest of eternity.