Elmer Joseph Becky

Jul 26, 1923 - Jul 24, 2012


Elmer Joseph Becky passed away on  July 24, 2012       

He was born in Clementine New Jersey to Elmer C and Matilda Becky on July 26, 1923.  

He attended Drexel University in Philadelphia but that was interrupted by World War II.  He flew the P-38 over Italy and Germany.  He did finish his education after the war and later got his masters at University of Southern California.   He also served as a reservist and in the Army National Guard.   He is survived by his wife Novella, daughter Vivienne (Mo) sons Keith (Dawn) Kenneth (Terri) stepson Daniel, 6 Grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.  Nieces, nephews and many friends and in-laws.

He worked for the state of California for 34 years first as an engineer then later as General Manager of Prison Industries.   

He is a member of Arden Christian Church were he was very active for a number of years.   He was a 32nd degree Mason and member of Washington Lodge # 20.  Also a Shriner for 55 years..He and John Caputo started a club of P-38 pilots and welcomed anyone  that was interested.  They called themselves “The Fork Tail Devils”.  They met for breakfast once a month until recently when both John and Elmer were unable to attend.

He was preceded in death by his first wife Nevada who was the Mother of his 3 children, His parents and brothers Harry and Charles (Babe)

There will be a viewing from 4 to 8 P.M. on Friday evening at East Lawn at 5757 Greenback Lane with the service Saturday the 28th at 10 A.M.

If you wish in lieu of flowers a contribution to Shriners Hospital would be appreciated.


  • Gina Becky says:

    I am saddened that my Gramps had to leave us, I think about him everyday and at every end of the day I pray that he is happy and safe. He taught me toughness, smarts, and told me stories that no one else beat and forever Gramps and his memories will stay in my heart. I Love You Gramps!!!

  • Jim and Mary Miller says:

    We were sadden to learn of Elmer’s passing and we know that he no longer suffer’s here on earth. God has another traveler coming home, one who loved the Lord, his family, his great stories, and his best friend and wife, Novella. We met Elmer and Novella while attending the Arden Christian Church back in 2002 while dealing with the loss of my mother. Elmer and Novella always treated us like family from that time on. We will miss Elmer but know that we will see him again. Our thoughts, prayers, hugs and love are with you and all your family.

  • Novella says:

    WE had almost 32 wonderful years together. He was supportive in every way. A year ago he took care of me as I was ill so this year it was my turn and I took care of him with all my heart. I will always miss him and maybe more each day. I missed him the 2 months he was in a care facility where I visited him daily and now I will have to wait until I reach heavens gates to visit him again. All my love, El

  • Betty Husted says:

    Novella, I’m so sorry for your loss. I know what you are feeling at this time. You and the family are in my prayers. With Love, Your friend, Betty

  • Sal Del Valle says:

    All the people who knew and were associated with Elmer are feeling his demise. We lost a good friend and our country lost another war hero. May God keep his soul in the pantheon reserved for extraordinary men. Sal Del Valle 2506 Air Group

  • Jim and Marie McClaskey says:

    Elmer was extremely bright, and a very interesting person. His tales were usually of flying in WWII and with the Guard, but his knowledge and wisdom extended far beyond. He was a skilled administrator, loving husband and father and extremely honest. As his nephew, I cherish the time I spent with him. May the Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit welcome Elmer into Heaven. And may Christ grant strength and peace to Novella, Vivienne, Keith, Ken, Daniel, and his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

  • G Ford Gilbert says:

    Real men like Elmer come along in times of great need. He was a faithful patriot and a man of personal integrity with a wicked sense of humor. Accepting Christ was another great decision in a lifetime of good thinking and great acting. What a great guy, fine man and fun pilot…. He has flown ahead, as usual.

  • Sarah wischmeyer says:

    Sorry for the lost of Elmer, we will greatly miss him at IHOP. Much love to the family. May god bless an strengthen you during this time of celebration. Sarah Wischmeyer, IHOP #3306

  • Randy Hathaway says:

    A great gentleman, very accomplished, very much a good guy.

  • Obed Santos says:

    I went to Sacramento in 2001 for a temporary job and God led me into Arden Church. There Elmer and Novella recived me as a son and showed me the love of God through all their help, care and time. I will always admire how Elmer was full of stamina and joy for life. He always had azing stories to tell an being a mechanical engineer myself we had a lot in common. About 5 years ago Elmer and Novella had the will and courage to go visit me and my family in Puerto Rico; we had a great time and will always be grateful. I feel proud of having know Elmer and sharing his friendship. I know that the Lord will gibe Novella the strength to carry on. Amen.

  • Linda Putnam says:

    One thing that brings me comfort is knowing that “in Christ” there are no goodbyes. We shall see Elmer again. Hallelujah!! Today, 7/26, is his birthday and what an honor to spend it with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I send all my love and prayers to Novella, Ken, Keith and Vivian and their families. He is at peace and I pray that you are as well. I will be holding you in prayer daily. Much Love, Linda Putnam

  • Jennifer Benuto (Becky) says:

    My Grandpa Elmer was truly a great grandfather and an inspiration! He was so smart and thrived for excellence in anything he put his mind to. I enjoyed many board games and mini vacations all over CA and even once to Canada sitting by his side. His stories of his childhood and WWII were fascinating and he taught me how to properly salute veterans at the air force base as well as how to fold the American flag. Grandpa you are truly an American who loved his country and family! I will miss you very much and am glad I have so many fond memories to remember you by. You have taught me and guided me so much! Jesus also enjoyed talking about aircraft with you! I can’t wait to tell baby Vanesa about you and how wonderful you are. I love you. Rest In Peace as you are with God now.

  • cynthia and byron and andrew sellers says:

    i meet elmer and novella at applebees about five years ago and since then i served them they became part of my family they are like my granparents and to our new additon andrew great grandparents elmer will always have a place in our hearts and novella too thank you elmer for all the love and stories you will be missed R.I.P and novella thank you we are so happy you are part of our family

  • Terri Becky says:

    I feel blessed to have had Elmer as my father-in-law for almost 30 years. I always enjoyed hearing all of his WWII and all his adventures flying the P-38 reconnaissance over Germany. I will miss all those stories. He was a great man who loved his family dearly. I will miss him. Rest In Peace, Elmer

  • GL & IRENE WEAVER says:

    Novella, Wishing you and your family strength and peace, you’re in our thoughts, our hearts and our prayers. Sorry for your loss.

  • Mozelle Gibbs-Hand says:

    Novella I enjoyed you and Elmer when you came to Tx. and visited us and I will always love you as my family. So sorry to hear of his death, but he is in much better place than we are. Take care of yourself and keep in touch.

  • Glenn Miller says:

    Elmer was a good friend and we shared some interesting thoughts. I used to tell him, if it weren’t for us ground crew. you couldn’t have got your planed off of the ground, as I was part of the ground crew..

  • Kenneth G. Becky says:

    My beloved Father who taught me to shake with a firm hand and open the door and pull out the chair for the Ladies. Fought and overcame Death in World War II while flying his twin engine P-38 over Germany. Sadly he suffered at the end but no amount of suffering can compare to gods glory and I believe he is not suffering now. I love you Dad!

  • Bill amd Hedy Vann says:

    Bill and I had the pleasure of meeting Elmer 4 or 5 years ago as I reconnected with Novella after many years apart. We loved to listen to Elmer’s many war stories. He was an impressive man. Novella, I send you my love and condolences. Blessings, Hedy and Bill

  • Cpt Robert Ybarra says:

    I met elmer Becky at Mather VA, he over heard me speak of love of P-38s. He invited me to a lunch, but I had to be dressed in my National Guard uniform, I worked at state headquarters. We met at Olive Gardens directly from field training Camp Roberts. I respectfully conveyed my carry of P-38s. I was a co pilot on OH-58’s and wore my first issue can opener from Vietnam era. Elmer enlightened me to Devil Fork tail P38 Lightning. Oops. Col Becky invited me to the club meeting to swear me in as a official enthusiast. Yippy. Everyone, I was seating with the best family of. Veterans. I made fiends. Elmer introduced me to George Porter, Tuskeegee Airman, and so we organized a River City Young Marine League of forty Devil Dogs to salute those vets before us and future service men and women.. Today at Mather hospital Veterans atol stands a aerial recon of a true P-38 and one c-rats can opener air cavalry trooper.

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