The family will greet friends from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at Weerts Funeral Home, Kimberly and Jersey Ridge in Davenport, where a wake service will be conducted at 4 p.m. Additional visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to service time Friday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 1506 Brown St., in Bettendorf. Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday at the church. Burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Davenport.
Paul was born Oct. 10, 1962, in Dubuque, Iowa, to Franklin and Gloria Becker. He graduated from Assumption High School in 1981 and from St. Ambrose University in 1985, with a B.A. in computer science. Paul was a senior computer software developer with Tech Systems in Bettendorf since July of 1992. Paul married Mindy Thor on June 24, 1989 in Davenport. They raised two boys, Matthew and Michael.
Family came first and foremost to him. Paul spent countless hours supporting his sons in the numerous sports they participated in, all the way through high school. He was always on the sidelines taking pictures and cheering on his sons' teams. Paul truly had a love for sports. While he was a great leader, coach and teacher to his children, he also loved to help others. One big way he helped others was by donating blood on a regular basis. In addition, he loved giving a helping hand with any skill or knowledge he had, and he made this known especially through water skiing. Paul shared his passion of water skiing by introducing his "lovely" wife, Mindy, and his children to the sport.
Paul was a beloved member of the Backwater Gamblers for 31 years and a long-standing member of their board of directors as treasurer. Paul was an extremely accomplished skier, having performed in every act possible during the years, including being a member of the world record setting eight-man around-the-boat team in both 1991 and 2003. He was an integral part of the team's growth, helping get the team's first twin and triple rig boats, and being a part of the Backwater Gamblers' first ever four-tier and five-tier pyramids. He was always the first person to introduce himself and help new members, always helped with the Genesis adaptive ski clinic and was a very influential mentor to the younger skiers by both helping them ski and driving the boat for them. Aside from his skiing abilities, Paul was a great help with ski equipment maintenance, site maintenance, the team's yearly Haunted Hayrack fundraiser and team safety. Early in his skiing career, he won the Gambler Award for an injured arm, and last September, he was selected to be a boat driver for the Australian ski team in the first ever World Show Ski competition, in which he became part of the number two boat driving team in the world. Paul had a passion for show skiing and a love for the team, which was obvious from his big "show skier" smile that will be greatly missed around the ski site.
Paul also was a member of the Snowstar Ski Patrol for over 20 years and was a member of the patrols board of directors. He helped with various training activities and was the treasurer for the patrol. Paul was always willing to help anywhere it was needed, especially getting involved in all aspects of the annual ski swap. Patrollers could always count on Paul to go the extra mile to lend a helping hand. Paul was awarded the yellow merit star for life saving actions performed in the line of duty as a patroller. He earned numerous awards, including patroller of the year.
Survivors include his "lovely" wife, Mindy, of 23 years; sons, Matthew, 22, and Michael, 19; sisters, Bridget (Roger Mach) Becker, Beaverton, Ore., and Michelle (Bill) Cahalan, North Mankato, Minn.; a brother, Brian (Pam) Becker, Rock Island; his father, Franklin, Davenport; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Laurie (Gary) Feikert, San Diego, Calif., Mark (Tracie) Thor, Austin, Texas, and Kevin Thor, Davenport; nieces and nephews, Emily Becker, James Becker, Adam Cahalan, Ben Cahalan, Lauren Cahalan, Collin Feikert, Callie Feikert, Leah Thor, Hannah Thor, and John David (JD) Thor; and his mother-in-law, Miriam Thor, Davenport.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Gloria.
Memorials may be made to Assumption High School, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church or the Backwater Gamblers.
Online condolences may be expressed to Paul's family by visiting his obituary at WeertsFH.com.
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