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Darryl “Bud” Becker

December 30, 2022 | 3 comments

Darryl “Bud” Becker, 84, of La Crosse, passed away peacefully due to complications from Parkinson’s Disease, on Wednesday, December 28, 2022. He was at home with his wife Patty by his side. Bud was born on Feb. 26, 1938, graduated from Central High School in 1955, and was in the Naval Reserves for eight years. Bud married Patricia Ann Elsen (“Patty”) on October 7, 1961 at the Cathedral, and they shared a love of music and dancing over the years. They enjoyed performing together as the Oatmeal Band at festivals and nursing homes. Most recently, Bud enjoyed participating in the Coulee Region Giving Hearts Choir. After a diverse career, he retired from Collins Outdoor Advertising.  Bud enjoyed many hobbies, including billiards, watercolor painting, pickleball, vintage cars, sailing, and collecting toy trains.

Bud is survived by Patty and their three daughters: Linda Hilmoe and her son Eric Field (Jazz Filip); Lisa (John) Campbell and their sons Bradley (Deanna Moore) and Sean; and Tracy (Michael) Hokanson and their children Emily (Marc Triller), Thomas, and Matthew (Casey Rielly). Bud is also survived by two brothers, Gale Becker and Bruce Becker (Kathy Kladstrup) of Minnesota. Gale’s family includes son Fred (Dita) Becker and Fred’s children Jordan and Sophie and son Kevin (Dean Wendland) Becker. He was proceeded in death by his parents Daniel W. Becker and Florence A. (Berland) Becker, a brother Laurie Allen Becker, and his sister-in-law Karen Becker.

The family extends its thanks to Quality Comfort Care and St. Croix Hospice. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the charity of your choice.

A visitation will take place at 9:30 on Jan 14 at Holy Trinity Church, 1333 13th Street, followed by a mass at 10:30. A luncheon will follow at noon at the Concordia, 1129 La Crosse Street.

When this feeble life is o’er, time on earth will be no more, guide me gently safely o’er, to thy kingdom to thy shore.



  1. Ellen Kallies

    Bud was generous with his time, and talent. Bud’s watercolors were tenderly rendered and enjoyed by many for their iconic local scenes.
    I always enjoyed his stops at the State Street Gallery and felt privileged to represent his good work.
    My condolences, Ellen Kallies
    State Street Gallery, La Crosse, Wi.

  2. elaine olson

    Such good memories of Pat and Bud here in Reedsburg. Also their “Whose of First ” at the Vaudville show at Baraboo Theater Guild staring Leo and Bud.

  3. Jim Gerlach

    Many fond memories of Bud and Pat’s time here in Reedsburg. Bud taught me how to sail which became a life -long love. Also taught me how to shoot-many a weekend days chasing grouse.

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