World War I Veteran

Submitted by AMY McGLUMPHY, Great Granddaughter.


Wheeling News-Register, January 25, 1942

Clarence L. Becker, World War Vet, Dies at Roanoke

Expires in Veterans Hospital After 14 Years Illness; Was Gassed

Clarence L. Becker, 46, veteran of the World War I, who saw service with the A. E. F., and a life resident of this city, died Saturday evening at 5:05 o’clock in the veterans hospital, Roanoke, Va.

Mr. Becker had been confined in the institution for the past 14 years from being gassed while serving his country in France.

He was born in Wheeling, February 10, 1895, a son of Charles and the late Caroline Becker. He spent the greater part of his life in the sixth ward. He attended Webster school and also Elliott Business college.

Mr. Becker for years was connected with the old LaBelle mill and when it closed went to work at the Laughlin mill in Martins Ferry. He was a catcher in the tin department.

He was a member of the Chapline street Methodist church and was affiliated with Wheeling Camp No. 6474, Modern Woodmen.

Mr. Becker was married to Miss Hattie Stephens, 24 years ago. Besides his widow and father, he leaves two sons, Clarence and George Becker and two daughters, Mrs. Betty Becker Singer and Miss Emily Mae Becker. One sister, Mrs. Ethel Davis and a brother, Roy Becker and one grandchild, Norma Jean Singer.

Mr. Becker was inducted in the army on June 26, 1918 and was sent overseas in August as a member of Co. A, 313th Infantry, 79th Division. He took part in engagements at Trayon and Grant Montague between August 22, 1918 and May 29, 1919. He returned to the states and was discharged from Camp Lee, Va., June 4, 1919.

The remains will probably arrive in the city sometime Monday and will be taken to the Fields Funeral home, North Main street. Time for services later.

Note: He was buried in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Wheeling on January 28, 1942.