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James "Jim" Becking

December 14, 1934 — March 9, 2024

James "Jim" Becking, 89, of Webster, passed away Saturday, March 9, 2024 at Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls,

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30am Monday, March 18, 2024 at Christ The King Catholic Church in Webster. Interment will be at St. Otto's Catholic Cemetery near Webster.

Visitation will be 5-7pm Sunday, March 17, 2024 at Fiksdal Funeral Service. A rosary will close the visitation at 6:30pm.

James Thomas Becking was born on December 14, 1934, to John and Elizabeth (Burke) Becking at Watertown, South Dakota. He was baptized and confirmed into the Catholic faith and attended country school near the family farm. After his education, Jim began his lifelong career in farming.

On June 25, 1955, he married Ardys Mikkelson at Florence, South Dakota. The couple made their home on a farm south of Webster. Together they raised their four children, Gary, Nancy, Randy, and Barb. After 48 years of farming, Jim retired and in 2008, the couple moved to Webster. Jim worked for the Day County Soil Conservation for 20 years and received the District Employee Award of Excellence in 2019.

Jim was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church. He was also an active member of Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed mechanic work, which included taking classes at Lake Area Tech. He also enjoyed dancing, especially square dancing, and polkas!

Jim passed away Saturday, March 9, 2024, at Sioux Falls, South Dakota at the age of 89 years, 2 months, and 26 days.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Ardys of Webster, SD, children, Gary Becking of Webster, SD, Nancy (Bob) Paulson of Milbank, SD, Randy (Kathy) Becking of Sioux Falls, SD, and Barb (Cal) Nygaard of Aberdeen, SD, eight grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Elizabeth Becking and siblings, Marge Anderson, and Jerry Becking.

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Service Schedule

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Sunday, March 17, 2024

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Fiksdal Funeral Service

122 W 5th Ave, Webster, SD 57274

with a 6:30pm rosary service

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Funeral Service

Monday, March 18, 2024

10:30 - 11:30 am (Central time)

Christ The King Catholic Church

1101 E 1st St, Webster, SD 57274

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