Life Story Celebration
Life Story Reception
Saturday, November 25, 2023
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST
Betzler Life Story Funeral Homes
6080 Stadium Drive
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Where food, drinks, and stories will be shared.
At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.
Below is the contact information for a florist recommended by the funeral home.
Life Story / Obituary
Loving, generous, and kind. Robert Keith Becke lived a life rich in family, and friends. A man who embraced each day as a gift, Rob led with his heart in all things and naturally found joy in even the most humble moments. Rob loved learning and devoted himself to being the best he could be not just for himself, but for those around him. He met each day with gladness and gave all he could to make life even better for others. Whether mowing lawns, helping neighbors, traveling the world, cheering on his daughters, being a proud Papa, or dancing with his beloved, Rob lived each moment to the fullest. In doing so, he proved a powerful role model for how to live wholeheartedly. Though our days with him were far too few, each moment proved a treasure beyond measure. Rob will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.
1971 was a year of many exciting new possibilities; National Public Radio (NPR) broadcasted for the first time, Walt Disney World Resort opening in Florida, and the 26th amendment lowered the voting age to 18. Amtrak, Federal Express, and Greenpeace came into being in 1971, and with the invention of the Microprocessor, the year marked the start of the digital age we now know. Nowhere was there more hope for the future than in the lives of Leslie and Mary Becke as they welcomed their son Rob on March 27, 1971, in Lake City, Iowa.
After graduating from Denison High School in 1989, Rob pursued a degree in Business Administration at Iowa State University. He earned his degree in 1993, and his excellent training led to a career path that included various purchasing/manufacturing positions and living in different states, including Iowa, Missouri, Indiana, Texas, Ohio, and currently in Michigan.
While living in Iowa, Rob had the good fortune of meeting his wife Patti when they worked together. Patti often joined “The Motley Crue,” a group of coworkers, for lunch, and Rob had a crush on her for a while. Intending to get to know her better, Rob hosted a party at his house for the Motley Crue and finally asked her on a date. The couple fell in love and happily married on December 10, 2005.
Rob’s family was his heart’s delight. A proud and loving father, he enjoyed sharing his passions with his children. Creating a ton of memories over the years such as learning how to ride a horse, 4-wheeling, zoo trips, traveling to his favorite locations, photography, swimming, snorkeling, hiking, museums, exploring caves, and learning how to work hard/do your best/strive for any goal you want to accomplish in life. Being Papa was the best gift life ever could give him besides his Wife, and Children.
Rob was a lifelong learner who stretched himself to be a little bit better each day. His dedication to personal growth was evident in all aspects of his life. He enjoyed reading business books or listening to audiobooks while on a walk, and loved a good challenge. He was also fiercely competitive. Family gatherings were cherished occasions for Rob, who loved participating in the laughter, togetherness, and friendly competition of games. Monopoly, Golf, and Rook were his favorite games to play with family. Rob had a brilliant mind for calculating outcomes and never needed to cheat to win. He was a passionate sports fan, with a special place in his heart for the Iowa State Cyclones and the Kansas City Chiefs.
Rob leaves behind a legacy of kindness, adventure, and an unwavering love for both his family and life’s simple joys. Rob found comfort and joy in exploring the world with his Wife. His dream was to one day own a house on an island after they retired. His favorite haven was the sun-soaked paradise of Aruba, where the turquoise waters mirrored the vibrancy of his spirit. The memories forged on the sandy shores and beneath swaying palms will forever be etched in the hearts of those who shared those memories with him.
Rob will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. As we say our farewells, let us remember the twinkle in his eye, the warmth of his embrace, and the genuine kindness that defined his character. May his love for life’s simple pleasures and his spirit of generosity continue to inspire us all.
Rob is survived by his Wife, Patti; Children: Sidney (Richard) Morrison of Sidney, IA, Cassy (Cody) Auen of Carroll, IA, Lilly, Jalynn, and Christian of Mattawan, MI; Grandchild, Ella Morrison; Mother, Mary Becke; Brother, Larry Becke; Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Niece, and Nephew. He is preceded in death by his Father, Leslie Leroy (Les) Becke; Grandparents: Clifton and Edna Becke, Lawrence and Darlene Ewing.
Please join us for a Life Story Celebration on Saturday, November 25th at 11 AM at Betzler Life Story Funeral Homes, 6080 Stadium Drive, Kalamazoo (269) 375-2900. A reception will follow in the Life Story Center, where food, drinks, and stories will be shared. Visit BetzlerLifeStory.com to archive favorite memories, photos, or sign Rob’s guestbook.