Leslie Becicka, 87, of Deer Harbor, Wash. died Monday, July 16, 2012 at Rosario Assisted Living in Anacortes. He was born in the small northern Minnesota town of Goodland on December 14, 1924.
He graduated from high school at Grand Rapids, Minnesota in June of 1942. Leslie volunteered for service in the United States Army Air Corps in 1943 and received his Pilot Wings and commissioned Lieutenant in March of 1945. He served with a B-29 Heavy Bombardment Group of the U.S. Air Force and flew with Strategic Air Command during the early years of the cold war.
Leslie married the former Mary Alice Peavey of Grand Rapids, Minnesota, also of the class of 1942, on March 7, 1948. Returning to civilian life, he attended the University of Minnesota and received his degree in Aeronautical Engineering in June of 1952.
He was employed by the Boeing Company for 33.5 years, retiring in 1986, to live on Orcas Island, which he enjoyed for 26 years.
Leslie is survived by his loving wife, Mary of 64 years; daughter Kerry Winston of Puyallup, daughter, Anne (David) Jones of Kent; and son, Les (Sarah) Becicka of Cedar Ridge, CA; his grandchildren; Graem, Geoff (Hiroko), Ryon, Dan (Christina), and Alison (Ryan); great-grandchildren, Daniel and Odin; brother, Leonard of Kansas City, Kan.; and sister, Norma of Hibbing, Minn.; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Leslie was a multi-talented man who enjoyed carpentry and was continually designing and building projects. He loved boating, fishing, hunting and was a maker of rock walls. He was a humble and honest man. His sense of humor will be truly missed by his family and all who knew him. We miss you already, Poppa!
Graveside services will be held at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Washington with a Celebration of Life service on Orcas Island at a later date.
“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain.” Revelations 21:4.
Memorials may be made in the name of Leslie to any disabled veteran organization. Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., Anacortes, Wash. and San Juan Islands. To share memories of Leslie, please sign the online guest register at www.evanschapel.com.
– Submitted by Leslie Becicka’s family