Obit: Becken, Percy #2 (1921 - 1942)

Contact: Sandy (Safemaster) Seiler

Surnames: Becken, Miller, Goetsch, Knudson, Shauer, Baehr, Lulloff, Wittlinger, Tesmer, Meyer, Sommers, Kilty, Bandeau, Buss, Wiegman, Potocnik, Gilbertson, Pawson, Ludeman, Procknow, Jagodzinski, Bouniski

----Source: OWEN ENTERPRISE (Owen, Clark Co., Wis.) 02/05/1942

Becken, Percy (3 OCT 1921 - 4 FEB 1942)

Percy Becken, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Holver Becken, town of Green Grove, Wisconsin, died yesterday afternoon after he had accidentally discharged a .22 caliber rifle with which he was hunting.

The young man had been hunting in the woods near his home and when crossing a fence at the rear of the Miller school, his gun was accidentally discharged, the bullet passing through his face, killing him almost instantly. The accident was witnessed by the children of the Miller school, who at once ran to his aid. He died before others could reach him.

Becken, who had been recently employed in Chicago, had just come home for a short vacation, and while his parents were in Curtiss shopping, took time for a short hunting trip in the woods near his home. His sister, Joyce, 17, was seriously wounded early last fall from a gun shot from the same gun, when she reached in a dark closet for some clothes, and the gun which was loaded accidentally discharged, the bullet entering her face and passing through into her neck, where it still remains. She was cared for at the Marshfield, Wisconsin Hospital for several weeks and still is not in perfect health.

Besides his parents he leaves to mourn one bother, Holver Jr., and six sisters, Gloria, Langra, Joyce, Jocinta, June and Darleen. Funeral services have not been arranged at this writing.

----Source: OWEN ENTERPRISE (Owen, Clark Co., Wis.) 02/19/1942

Percy Ervin Becken, 20 years, four months, and three days old, son of Mr. and Mrs. Halver Becken died of gunshot Wednesday, Feb. 4.

Percy was born October 3, 1921, in the Town of Green Grove, attended the Atwood grade school and the Colby high school from where he was graduated in 1938. From there he entered the Perkinstown CCC camp where he remained one year. For the past two years he has been employed at Chicago, Ill., where he had been employed at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station as a carpenter. Home for a short vacation from Chicago, Percy was hunting in the woods near his home and on returning home he crawled through a barbed wire fence. Apparently his heavy wool trousers caught on a barb which threw him across the fence and the rifle was accidentally discharged, the shot striking him in the heart and killed him instantly.

Funeral services were conducted on Monday afternoon at the St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran church by the Rev. M. C. Goetsch, who officiated.

A trio composed of Mrs. Theodore Miller, Miss Nadine Knudson and Eric Shauer sang, Come Unto Me, and Blessed Hope.

Pallbearers included Norman Baehr, Frederick Lulloff, Vern Wittlinger, Bernard Tesmer, Herbert Meyer, and Vernon Sommers.

In charge of the flowers were the Misses Pearl Wittlinger, Wanda Buss, Emily Jagodzinski, and Mrs. Ray Bouniski.

Relatives and friends from out of town included: Mr. and Mrs. John Bandau, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Procknow, Mr. and Mrs. Louie Bandau, Mr. and Mrs. Allen Ludeman, of Neenah; Mrs. Gunwald Gilbertson of Columbus, Ohio; Mr. and Mrs. Ole Gilbertson of Dorchester; Miss Jean Pawson of Juneau, Alaska; Mrs. Joe Potocnik of Owen; Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Kilty, Mrs. Mary Bandau of Edgar; Miss Romilda and Norbert Baehr and Miss Wanda Buss and Alvin Wiegman, of Chicago.

Surviving besides his parents are one brother, Halver, Jr.; six sisters, Gloria of Chicago, LaMyra, Joyce, Juanita, Darleen and June at home; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Miller; paternal grandparents, Mrs. Martha Becken; one aunt, four uncles and seven cousins.



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