Giles H. Becker

Reading, Vt. — Giles H. Becker, 91, a former longtime resident of Reading, passed away Monday morning, April 14, 2014, at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington, Vt. He was born June 2, 1922 in Windsor, Vt. the son of Harold G. and Bertha (Gibson) Becker. He received his schooling in Reading.

He was a veteran of the US Army serving during World War II. Following his honorable discharge in 1945, he returned to Reading. He married Mary Mack in Windsor in 1964. Mr. Becker was employed as an automobile mechanic in Reading until moving to Nashua, N.H., where he was employed in a woodworking shop for several years. He returned to Reading upon the passing of his wife in 1978. He has resided at the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington since 1991.

He was a lifetime member of Windsor American Legion Post #25 and the Windsor Elks Lodge #1665. He was also a lifetime member of the Bennington VFW Post #1332 and the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Bennington. He greatly enjoyed playing cribbage and was a former Vermont State Champion.

He was predeceased by his wife, his parents, one sister, Barbara Simonds in 1981, and two brothers, Gerald Becker in 2001 and Joel Becker in 2007. Survivors include one sister, Beverley Garrapy of Reading; four stepchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

At Mr. Becker’s request a graveside service with military honors will be held Tuesday, May 13 at 11 a.m. at the Vermont Veterans Cemetery in Randolph Center, Vt.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at 150 Cambridge Park Drive, Boston, MA 02140.

The Knight Funeral Home in Windsor is entrusted with the arrangements. Condolences may be made to Giles’s family in an online guestbook at