Roger W. Becker, 66, of Defiance, passed away on December 28, 2013, at the Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio, with his family by his side.
He was born on October 17, 1947, to Leonard and Gladys (Kline) Becker in Defiance, Ohio. On November 17, 1979, he married Barb Hutton. Roger and Barb are members of the Independence United Methodist Church.
Roger graduated from Ohio State in 1969 with a degree in dairy technology. He relocated to Cincinnati and was employed at Kroger before starting his own ice cream business, Kooler Cones. Roger was a welcome sight on a hot day in Cincinnati, whether at a Reds' or Bengals' game, Kooler Cones always did the trick. His blue Smurf ice cream was also a staple part of Kings Island's Hanna-Barbara Land. Getting ice cream from "Papa Smurf" after riding "It's a Small World" was part of many Cincinnatian's childhood memories. You could always tell who got his Smurf ice cream by their blue tongue, and to this day, according to Cincinnati Magazine's article published in June of 2013, Roger's blue ice cream is still "the most loved attraction" at Kings Island.
In his later years, Roger helped his brother, Larry, farm and looked forward to his annual motorcycle trips with Dale. Roger ran the Second Street Drive Thru for 13 years, and also enjoyed painting, stained glass, woodworking and enjoyed taking care of animals.
Roger is survived by his loving spouse of 34 years, Barb; daughter, Samantha (Matthew) Bloniarz of Columbia, S.C.; grandson, Drake Bloniarz; brothers, Larry (Carol) Becker of Defiance, Ohio, and Dale Becker of Defiance; and sisters, Diane (Scott) Boyd of Defiance and Dawn (Richard) Proxmire of Florida, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by father, Leonard William Becker; and mother, Gladys Irene (Kline) Becker.
Visitation will be held Thursday, January 2, 2014, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Schaffer Funeral Home, Inc., Defiance, Ohio. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 3, 2014, at Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, Ohio, with Rev. Laura Clark, officiating. Burial will take place at Independence Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to the Fort Defiance Humane Society or the American Cancer Society. Online condolences can be given at www.Schafferfh.com.