William "Bill" Gordon Becker, 63 of Winona, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, May 6, 2017. He was born on September 4, 1953 in Winona to Malcom and Patricia (Maynard) Becker. Bill graduated from Winona Senior High and attended Winona State University. On March 31, 1983, he married the love of his life, Laurie Kohner. Together they shared 34 wonderful years. In September of 1974, Bill started working for Fastenal and was the longest tenured employee, starting out as a part-time employee, and held many positions over the years. He was currently the Cost Savings Manager. Bill was not only a motivator in his professional life, but for everyone he touched. One of Bill's lifelong passions was weight lifting. He set many records across the United States and World. He was a member of the United States Power Lifting Association and the International Power Lifting Association. He loved outdoor grilling and his McDonald's Cokes, but most importantly he loved to attend his grandchildren's sporting events. Bill was extremely loyal to his family and friends. Bill is survived by his greatest love, Laurie; children; Ryan (Maria) Becker and Jenny (Kevin) Suber; grandchildren, Isaiah, Landon, Aria, Alivia, Ashlynn, Samaya, and Makai; his father, Malcom; brother, Rich Bearbecker; brother-in-law, Dan (Debbie) Kohner; mother-in-law, Jane Kohner; and many extended family and friends. He is preceded in death by his mother, Patricia; and father-in-law, Edward Kohner. A Celebration of Bill's life will be at 12 p.m., Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at Hoff Celebration of Life Center, Goodview, with Funeral Celebrant Dianne Rislow officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m., until the time of service. Please share a memory of Bill and view his video tribute when it becomes available at www.hofffuneral.com. Hoff Celebration of Life Center, Goodview, is assisting the family. Bill leaves a legacy of love and a passion for excellence.
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Even though I don't believe we ever meant, which I would of liked that, since your my uncle and I'm your niece, ( Rich Bearbecker oldest daughter and to Mary Lynn Farr ) I'm very sorry for your loss, I hope one day we will finally meet. Sincerely Ginger Joy Becker.
I just learned about Bill's death earlier today as I visited Iron Physique today in La Crosse, WI. I'm still shocked about this tragedy. I have known Bill for many years through the powerlifting community, and got to know him better while I lived in La Crosse. I was always impressed at what kind of person he was. I had the pleasure of spotting him on many huge feats of strength, and I was honored. He will be truly missed.
I just learned if Bill's passing this morning. I met Bill at The Pearl Street Gym in LaCrosse back in 1988, what a great guy very positive and always gave you helpful advice to get the most out of your workout. So sad to hear he's gone and my condolences to his family. Dennis Stiebs Waupaca Wis.
Bill was one of a kind and a person who truly loved the company and what he did. He played a big part in the success of my business and every time I got the pleasure to see he we always made time to catch up. He will be missed and Fastenal has lost one of its most loyal members. Thanks for alll you did Bill! Michael Herrell
It was a pleasure to work with Bill when I was with Fastenal. He was a very motivating and inspiring man. He was always positive. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Bill was such a positive, upbeat person. I never once saw him down or discouraged. Everything was possible. My deepest condolences at this sad time.
With love from my family to Laurie and your family our deepest condolences.
Our deepest condolences to Laurie and the family.
Fastenal team, Santiago de Chile
Bill was a wonderful man Laurie. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Julie and Bill Wright
We at Kimberly-Clark feel blessed and honored to have had the priveledge to work with Bill. Our entire organization felt inspired each time we were able to connect with him. Our deepest sympathy to you Laurie and your beautiful family.
Laurie, Ryan, Jenny & Family,
I'm so sorry to hear about Bill. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Laurie, I didn't know Bill well but I remember how I watched you and your love dance at the class reunion we had at the Black Horse. You just glided across the floor like you were one person. I am so sorry for your loss honey and will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. God bless!
Sincere Sympathy to all of Bill's family. Will never forget cheering him on at WSHS wrestling matches. He will be sadly missed by so many. Prayers to you and your family Laurie.
Laurie and Family, I am still wrapping my arms around Bill's passing. When I look to the Heavens I will remember and feel Bill's generous caring hugs and laughter. I see a man who was not afraid to take on anything and never stood back to let someone fall. I Love You Bill and will miss your smile. Laurie, may the love of family and friends help you through the days ahead. Peace.
Flexhouse Gym was a magical place for me. At Flexhouse I met my husband, my best friend, my greatest mentor and so many wonderful life-long friends. I'm so grateful to Bill for opening the gym and keeping it going for so many years. Bill's energy was amazing, he was always smiling, had a bounce in his step and kind words to share. I'm praying for Bill's family and friends, I can't begin to imagine how much he will be missed. Thank you Bill, I have no idea where I would be if we didn't cross paths.
My most sincere condolences to all of the Becker family. So many great memories with Bill playing football and softball and winning the state championship. But the most special memory is that I called him a friend. All of the times with Bill will not be forgotten. Laurie, prayers to you and your family at this most difficult time. May Bill Rest In Peace.
We are so sorry to hear about Bill, may you hold your memories close to you.
You were a roll model and everyone who got to know you learned the meaning of work ethic and to never settle for second best! You were a mentor, a most loyal friend and the big brother I always wanted! You truly made the lives of those around you brighter and you will be missed immensely!
Love and sympathy to you and all your family, Laurie, in this sorrowful time. From Cousin Graylen
We were all very saddened to hear about Bill and wish we could be with you. Our hope is that all of your great memories will help get you and your family through this time.
From all your family in Milwaukee.
We are still in total disbelief. Bill leaves a big void. He never failed to put a smile on anyones face, offer a helping hand and set an example of what it is to be kind. We will forever miss him and his zest for living life to the fullest. Laurie, Ryan and Jenny, may the wonderful memories you have carry you through the difficult time ahead.
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