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Multiple-time NFSR contestant Becker passes away

by Tracy Renck | Jan 31, 2018

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –  Edward A. Becker, of Chadron, Neb., a six-time qualifier for the National Finals Steer Roping (1965, 1968-69, 1973-75), passed away Jan. 8 at Highland Park Care Center in Alliance, Neb., where he had been a resident since suffering a stroke on July 30. He was 88.

Becker won the NFSR average title in 1973 with a 197.7-second time on eight head. His best finish in the steer roping world standings was fourth in 1974.

Becker was born April 24, 1929, in Alliance to Edward M. and Thelma (Zoble) Becker.  He subsequently became the big brother to Arlene Minor, Maxine Morris and Charlene Hebbert. Becker attended school near their Ashby ranch before going to St. Agnes Academy, where he played football and basketball before graduating in 1948. Following graduation, he joined his dad in ranching.

On July 14, 1953, he and Sally Lowe were married at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Alliance. He became associated with Lowe Cattle Company. Ranching was his priority in life, but he enjoyed rodeo as a pastime. Tie-down roping was his best event, but he took a turn at riding bareback and saddle bronc horses, and steer wrestling. At 30, he began steer roping.

Memorials may be given to the Grant County Rescue or the Shriner’s Hospital for Children, Attn: Office of Development, 2900 N. Rocky Point Drive, Tampa FL, 33607.


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