Montana Angus Industry Mourns Russell Becker


The Huntley Project community and Angus cattle producers across this region are saddened by the sudden passing of well-known Ballantine rancher Russell Becker on Wednesday.

In recent years Becker had struggled with cancer and diabetes, but seemed to be on the mend, and it was a shock to hear the news.  We understand that he went to the hospital Wednesday afternoon because he wasn’t feeling well and in the process of a dialysis treatment he suffered a cardiac arrest and could not be revived.

Russell was a top cattle breeder and a lifetime supporter of agricultural youth.  From the early 1960’s as an FFA student at Huntley Project, through a long career as a dairyman, an artificial insemination technician and sales representative for American Breeder’s Service, and a prominent purebred Black Angus breeder, Russell was a respected leader in Montana’s cattle industry.

(See Billings Gazette story from a few years back: )

Russell and Dean Becker held their 21st annual Becker Farms Bull sale the spring.  Over those years Russell was a great neighbor that generously included many Guest Consignors like the Hoffmans, the Michals, the Elliasons, and even invited local youth to sell their bulls in his annual sale.

Our hearts go out to Judy his wife, son Dean and daughter-in-law  Julie, and their daughters Gretchen and Danell and their families.

Funeral Services for Russell D. Becker, 69, will be at 2:00pm Tuesday September 4th, at the Bethlehem Congregational Church at 4th Street and Lewis Avenue in Worden, MT.  Interment to follow at Pleasantview Cemetery. 


Visitation Sunday 12-8, and Monday 12-9 at Smith's Chapel 927 South 27th in Billings.


Memorial Donations may be sent to:

         Huntley Project FFA Alumni Association

         c/o Cheri Johannes, Treasurer

         2885 Road 17 North

         Worden, MT  59085


       or to: Bethlehem Congregational Church

© Northern Ag Network 2012

Taylor Brown


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