Donald E. Becker

November 30, -0001 - February 16, 2011

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Becker, Donald E. “Don”, cherished husband of 40 years to Kennetha Lynn (Mitchell) Becker; devoted father and father-in-law of Mackenzie (Becker) & C.J. Rice, respectively; fun-loving and adored grandfather of Becker Wade Rice (who was #1 in Don’s life); wonderful son-in-law of Kenneth & Hazel Mitchell; caring brother to Edward Becker; beloved brother-in-law to Karen (Mitchell) Culter; loving uncle to Elliott & Austin Culter; preceded in death by parents Donald R. and Mae Becker. A compassionate, generous, huge-hearted man who touched and influenced the lives of many. He loved camaraderie and bringing people together. He was deeply loved not only by his friends and family, but also the entire Kroger community. Passed away on Feb 16 at age 62. Private memorial for family on Feb 21 and public memorial on Tuesday, Feb 22 at 3:30 pm at Duke Energy Convention Center Junior Ballroom, 525 Elm St., 45202. The family requests that you wear jeans. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to HEARTT Animal Refuge, 11354 Reading Rd., Sharonville, OH 45241.


Judy & Ron Young - Mar 1, 2011

Mrs Becker,
I’m very sorry for your loss.

I worked for Don in New Carlise, OH as his Front End Manager. He was a wonderful boss and a great person.

Years late I would see him at meetings, and he always came over and told everyone I was his first

I was very prou00d of him for all
that he did for the Kroger Co.
They will really miss him.

Just remember he is in a better place,and you will meet again.

God Bless you.


Judy Young.

Carolyn Quarnberg - Feb 22, 2011

Lynn, Mackenzie and Family, I am so heart-broken for your family.
Don was such a wonderful person, so friendly to everyone he met.
He will be very missed. Love, Carolyn

Dan Beard Council - Feb 22, 2011

Dan Beard Council would like to express its deepest sympathies to the Don Becker Family.

His support of the Scouting program over many years helped impact the lives of countless youth in the Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky area. He will be remembered among the Scouting family as a generous person always willing to help when called upon.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. Know that many people loved and carried about Mr. Becker. He will be forever remembered by those he touched with his compassion and love for life.

Dan Beard Council
Boy Scouts of America

Marsha Thornton - Feb 22, 2011

Don Becker changed my life! He was the President of Kroger Central Marketing Area when I was an intern, assistant manager and store manager. He mentored, encouraged and inspired me to be better. He would call me with words of encouragement and challenge me to do better. He drove business results but he genuinely cared about people. I’ve never met an executive like him. My heart is heavy but I’m so blessed that God allowed him to be a part of my life. I strongly believe he spent EVERY DAY of his life fulfilling God’s purpose. I can’t say enough about him. Rest in Peace…Don Becker!!! I am forever grateful for all he did for me.

Domenico Germano - Feb 22, 2011

With great sorrow we share with you our deepest sympathy for the loss of your loved one. I had the privilege to meet Mr. Becker several years ago.It was truly an honor for all of us at Germano’s to have known him.His special Persona will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.With sympathy Domenico

Chris Blum - Feb 22, 2011

I was sad to hear of Don’s passing. He was a good friend to Scouting and a good mentor to me. His sense of humor always made me laugh and he always kept me on my toes- challenging me to think of better ways to do things. The Good Scout Luncheon is a testimony to Don’s passion and commitment to challenge the status quo.

Mick and Betty Duermit - Feb 22, 2011

We are still in shock after learning of Don’s death. We have thought of you and your family so many times since we sold the cleaners.

Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Love from,
Mick and Betty Duermit

Sandie Baas - Feb 21, 2011

Lynn, Mackenzie and family,

Tom and I were so sorry to hear of your loss! You all remain in our thoughts and prayers as you move through the grieving process. May the Lord wrap you in His “everlasting arms” and comfort you at this time of sadness.

With Love,
Tom & Sandie Baas

Ed Kuehnle - Feb 21, 2011

Let me join the hundreds/thousands of people that knew and worked with Don and felt that he had an impact on them personally and professionally.

I have not known Don as long as many, but it felt that we developed a bond in business that may have been strenthened by our mutual love of music eg Jersey Boys.

The Family, Kroger Co, Industry, and Community have lost one of the “great men”.

Jerry and Bonnie Bollie - Feb 21, 2011

Jerry and I send our sincere condolences to Lynn, Mackenzie and your family. We remember Don as a wonderful neighbor who lived across the street with his young family early in his Kroger career. Teri and Carolyn send their love to Mackenzie, their very special neighbor whom they babysit many years ago. May God keep your family in his care.

Michael Espino - Feb 21, 2011

Dear Becker Family,

Please accept our heartfelt sympathy for your loss. It was my honor and pleasure to have known Don for at least a brief time. I found him to have a gentle charisma, and conduct himself with great integrity in treating others with respect.

He will be tremendously missed.

BG Thomas P. O'Brien, Jr., USA, Ret. - Feb 21, 2011

A Kroger and Army retiree. I enjoyed working with Don.

Jane Benson - Feb 21, 2011

Lynn, Mackenzie and family, I am so very saddend to hear of Donnie’s passing. I have seen and experienced what a great and giving man he was. He was one of a kind and I am so happy to have known him. I loved his parents as well and spent a lot of time with them and his brother Eddie. They cherished him. I am at a loss for words over this…I am in Missori now but I will pray for your family to find peace out from all the work he did and was such an inspiration to all. God’s Peace to all of you,,Jane Benson

Celine Quinn and Gretchen Tash - Feb 20, 2011

CJ: Gretchen and I are so sorry for your loss. Please convey to Mackenzie and your dear mother-in-law our sympathy.

We think of you often and want you to know that we are thinking of you. Mr. Becker was certainly someone special.

With sympathy, Gretchen and Celine

Gena & Gary Oelrich - Feb 20, 2011

Lynn, our deepest sympathy to you & your family in your loss. Don was so supportive of our family; we our blessed to have known him. We love you, Gena & Gary Oelrich

Gary & Karen Haynes & Family - Feb 19, 2011

To the Becker Family
Our Deepest Sympathy
Our Thoughts and Prayers
Are with You

Gary and Karen Haynes - Feb 19, 2011
Brennan & Carrie Howell - Feb 19, 2011

Lynn, Mackenzie, CJ & Becker,

Our hearts are broken for your loss. Don’s footprint will be forever remembered. He has touched the lives of more people than you could ever know. He and your entire family hold a very special place in our hearts, especially Brennan’s…or should we be saying “Hermie” as Don loved to call Brennan. In these most difficult times of your lives, dwell on the wonderful memories of Don. We pray for peace upon the entire Becker/Rice and Kroger family for this tragic loss.

With all our love,
Brennan (Hermie) & Carrie Howell
Hutchinson, Kansas

Barb Reibling - Feb 19, 2011

Dear Becker Family – my deepest condolences to your family. I worked with Don over the past 20 years and can only tell you what a fine man he was. He truly touched my life. Every time I saw him he had a huge smile and something funny to say. He was a true example of ‘larger than life man’. I will miss him so much. I guess it’s true…..Only the good die young! My deepest sympathy.

Barb Reibling
Kroger Corporate Real Estate.

Andrew Hargis - Feb 18, 2011

I am so sorry to learn of Mr Becker’s passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Robin Hogue - Feb 18, 2011

Mackenzie and CJ,

My thoughts and prayers are with you both. May the grace of God guide you through this time.

Robin and Derek Hogue

Ryan Hoover - Feb 18, 2011

Lynn and Mackenzie:

No words could express how deeply sorry I am for your loss.

Don taught me a little about golf, a lot about business and a ton about life!

He will be missed!

Suzanne & Pat Lysaght - Feb 18, 2011

Lynn we are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

EARL REEDER - Feb 18, 2011

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Earl Reeder

Sandra Dooley - Feb 18, 2011

I was always impressed with how Mr. Becker would meet someone and the very next time he saw you addressed you by name, inquired about your family members (by name). He was such a genuine person. I know Mrs. Becker and their daughter are distraught by the loss, but should be so proud of the person he was. His list of accomplishments are remarkable.
With deepest sympathy,
The Dooley family

Darleen Scott - Feb 18, 2011

My prayers and thoughts are with you all. May I say that he was one of a kind. Always joking and a smile on his face.I will always remember him, what a wonderful person. I am truly blessed to have known him. May God hold you in the palms of his hands.

Vicki Balton - Feb 18, 2011

It is so hard to express the sympathy felt for Don’s entire family and friend network in the loss of such a great man. I am so thankful for having a very special moment celebrating Don’s birthday February 10 and the fact that his request was to take the cake home to share with his grandson.

Please accept my sincere sympathy at this difficult time.

Paul Renzenbrink - Feb 18, 2011

Lynn, Mackenzie, Becker, and Family,

I really don’t know what to say except I have all of you in my thoughts and prayers and will always be here if/ when you need me. April and I have been so very sad and wanted to reach out and let you know how much we love you and miss him. We miss our times together as couples and families. I personally will miss him so very much. For over twenty years he’s been my mentor and friend and I feel his loss deeply.

He touched all of us and made all of our lives better. His impact will be felt for many years and through the many people he touched. I feel fortunate to have had him as one of my best friends.

I hope to see you soon, but wanted to send my love, support, and prayers to all of you! I am with you and will be with you forever.

God Bless You

Paul and April Renzenbrink

Mark & Kimberly Baumann - Feb 18, 2011

Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer.

Our deepest sympathy,
Mark & Kimberly Baumann

Mary Lynn King - Feb 18, 2011

Although I haven’t seen Donnie much over the years, he will always hold a special place in my heart. As a little girl, I always looked forward to visiting my family in Ohio. I was always so excited because i would get to stay with Donnie and Lynn. Donnie will be greatly missed, I thought about him quiet often. My love and prayers are with the family.