David “Dave” Becking, 72, of Florence passed away Thursday March 18, 2021, at his home. Dave’s wishes were that there be no funeral services. There will be a private family burial later this Spring.
David Anthony Becking was born on July 12, 1948, to Edward Francis Becking and Nellie Gertrude (Small) Becking in Codington County SD. He grew up, the youngest of five children on the family farm in rural Florence SD. Following his graduation from the Florence High School, Dave attended Lake Area Vo-Tech in Watertown, and the Lutheran Bible Institute in Golden Valley, MN.
Dave’s passion was farming. He spent his life operating, managing, and expanding his farm. Dave was a dairy farmer, raised black angus cattle, and quarter horses. His crops included corn and small grains. Dave enjoyed hunting, listening to the markets and talking about the weather.
Dave and Laurie (Southwick) Becking were married in an outdoor ceremony on August 16, 2002, on their farm in Florence.
Dave is survived by his loving wife, Laurie; children, Wendy of Florence, Jeff ( Lisa) of Le Sueur, MN and Edward “Lee” of Sioux Falls; step children, Jason ( Alisha) Weeks of Sioux Falls, Jesse Weeks of Watertown, and Melissa (Benny) Liben of Dell Rapids; grandchildren, Rishley ( Brad Bisek) Cain, Kelsey (Todd) Maczkowicz, Taylor Currey, Zoey Weeks, Kamaya and Kaiden Liben; great-grandchildren, Caleb, Joel, Halle, Kamryn and Kole David; siblings, Karen (Dwayne) Murphy of Marshall, MN, and Karyl Wishard of Watertown; sister in law, Karyn Becking of Florence; cousin and good friend Ralph Becking of Florence and many nieces and nephews.
Dave was preceded in death by his parents, brother Richard, sister and brother in law, Mille and Jack Thomas and brother in law Virgil Wishard.
The family of David Becking would like to extend their sincere appreciation and gratitude to Farm Rescue, Prairie Lakes Home -Hospice of Watertown and Fiksdal Funeral Services of Webster, SD.
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