Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Emil J. Becker Jr

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Emil J. Becker Jr

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Evansville, Ind. Emil J. Becker Jr. was a damn good lawyer. Just ask him. (Oops, too late.)

Born, raised and having spent most of his life in Evansville, he left early Thursday morning to plead one more case (no doubt an easy argument). He survived (until now) liver cancer, a liver transplant and that judge. (Gotcha!)

The obligatory stuff: Emil was a 1960 graduate of Memorial High School, received his A. B. from Wabash College in 1964 and his law degree from I. U. in 1967. He worked in Richmond and Union City, moved back to Evansville, was a trust officer at Old National and eventually went out on his own to practice criminal law.

Along the way he kept knocking on the door of a house on Alvord until the girl that lived there finally agreed to go out with him. Six years later, he and Shannon married. Five years after that, Elesha showed up, then E. J. and eventually his grandson, Brennan. Emil enjoyed going out to eat with his wife, hearing Elesha make music, forcing his son to move bricks from one place to another and then back again (and then he'd get a new load of bricks and start the process all over) and then continued that tradition (insanity) with his grandson.

Emil had a green thumb and could grow almost anything (except a fern after Shannon got hold of it --nothing could save one of those), loved planting, gardening, mowing the lawn, collected/loved stuff, was the consummate tinkerer (lesson: hire someone!) and single handedly kept Goop, Gorilla Glue, duct tape manufacturers and the "fart card" division of the greeting card industry in business.

He could nap on command.

Emil Becker loved being a lawyer. He always said if you don't love what you're gonna do when you go to work each day, you need a different job.

He didn't just practice law, he was an outstanding advocate for people who needed one, whether they could afford it or not. …

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