Reverend Richard Francis Joseph Becker, Jr. 69, passed away Monday, February 27, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. Father Becker was born on September 8, 1947 in Saint Louis, Missouri to Richard F. Becker, Sr. and Minerva B. (Oberle) Becker.
He is survived by his mother, Minerva Becker and sisters, Andrea Woolgar and Marsha Woolgar, as well as his fellow priests, sisters and deacons of the Diocese of Pueblo.
Father Becker was ordained on November 25, 1972 at his home parish in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, by the Most Reverend Joseph V. Sullivan. He began as assistant pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Capulin on December 2, 1972, was appointed administrator of St. Joseph in 1975, and Pastor of that same parish in 1980. He began service as Director of the Office for Propagation of the Faith in 1982; followed by appointment as rector of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in 1983. From July 1993 – July 2006, Father Becker served as pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Pueblo, and St. Therese Parish in Vineland. In addition to his responsibilities at St. Joseph and St. Therese, Father Becker was appointed pastor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, Pueblo from October 2001- 2005. From 2006 – 2012, Father Becker served as pastor of Holy Trinity Parish, Trinidad and its missions. On September 1, 2014, Father Becker retired from active ministry but continued his ministry with his parish family in Trinidad. During his tenure with the Diocese of Pueblo, Father Becker proudly served as moderator for the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women and diocesan representative with a number of Catholic organizations, boards, and committees. A Mass of Christian Burial was held March 8 at Holy Trinity Church in Trinidad. Interment followed in Trinidad.