Daniel H. Becker
Dan Becker, CFSP, was educated in Struthers City Schools, Mercersburg Academy, Youngstown State University and Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.
Dan Becker began working in funeral service as a teenager and became full time with his father Hazen in 1961, upon his return from the Army as a Paratrooper Sergeant with the 82nd Airborne Division. He has been a licensed Ohio funeral director and embalmer since 1967. He holds an Ohio Insurance Sales license to sell pre-need funeral insurance.
In 2001, he became the first person in the three county area to complete the continuing education requirements of the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice to be awarded the designation of a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner.
In 1967, he was the founder of the former Gold Cross Ambulance and Medical Service, which brought paramedic service to the area. He retired from the ambulance service in 1995 with the sale of Gold Cross to the Rural Metro Corporation.
He is a past president of the Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana Funeral Directors Association, a member of the Ohio and National Funeral Directors Associations, where he has served on many committees, and the Selected Independent Funeral Homes. He is a founding member of the Cremation Operators Association of Ohio, where he served on the committee that established legislation for the regulation of crematories in Ohio in 1998.
Dan Becker served on the Struthers City Board of Education for twelve years, three of which were as president. He has been a volunteer with the American Heart Association since 1964, serving in most positions locally including chairman of the board. In 1975, he was the representative of the Heart Association sent to Miami to learn to be an instructor-trainer for the then new procedure of CPR and charged with bringing it to and instituting the training in this area. He was a long time board member of the Ohio Affiliate of the American Heart Association serving as chairman during a critical time of reorganization. He has served on many National Heart committees and projects. He continues on the local board, where he is one of three (two living) Life Members.
He is a member of the Struthers Rotary, where he served as a past president and was the recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow. He was Vice President of the board of trustees of the Mahoning County and Youngstown Library, retiring in 2004. He serves on the board of the Better Business Bureau of Youngstown. He was a founding board member of the former Dyslectic Learning Center of the Youngstown Scottish Rite. He was a founding member and the first president of the Struthers School Foundation for Educational Excellence. He is a former member and Assistant Chief of the Volunteer Section of the Struthers Fire Department. He is a former scout master of Troop 16. He is a graduate of Leadership Mahoning Valley.
He is a member of Poland Lodge F & AM #766, the Scottish Rite, Valley of Youngstown, where he was elected a 33rd degree member for his community service. He was also a member of Al Koran Shrine, the Youngstown Shrine Club, Aut Mori Grotto, where he volunteered as the director of the former annual Circus, Jesters Court #14, Poland Masonic Breakfast Club, the Base Community Council of the Youngstown Air Force Reserve Base, the Struthers Athletic Club and the ROMEOs (Retired Old Men Eating Out).
He is a member of the Struthers Parkside Church formerly known as the Struthers Presbyterian Church, where he has served as a deacon, elder and chairman of the congregation.
Dan Becker was married to the former Margaret (Margy) Trucksis for almost 54 years before her death in July 2009. They have five children, Kim Horyn of Nantucket, Mass., Kandace Becker-Hagendorn of Poland, Kelly Becker of Poland, Kate Becker of Washington, DC and Daniel H. D. Becker of Cleveland. They have nine grandchildren.