A graduate of Marquette University and Worsham School of Mortuary Science, Chicago, Joe Becker followed a long and rich history in the funeral profession started by Grandfather Joseph Henry Becker in 1901. Joe's father and uncles preceded him in the business and in 1974, Joe established Becker Ritter. The firm was the recipient of the prestigious Pursuit of Excellence Award from the National Funeral Directors Association, and has been a leading Milwaukee Funeral Home following in the footsteps of his grandfather.
Over the years, Joe has been extremely active in community organizations and the arts including serving as President of the Brookfield Rotary Club, the Elmbrook Hospital Foundation, Sharon Lynne Wilson Center For the Arts, Wisconsin Riders and Exhibitors Association, and serving on the Boards of Channel 10/36 Friends, Haggerty Art Museum at Marquette University, Milwaukee Art Museum-West, Milwaukee Ballet, and St. Camillus Foundation. He has been involved with many other organizations including serving as Co-Chair of the Elm Grove 4th of July festival, St. Mary’s Church-Elm Grove Stewardship Committee and Vice President of the Parish Council. Joe has also been on the Board at Equitable Bank since 1991.
Whether it involves a painting project around the house, trimming a tree or gardening, Joe loves being active. In addition to being outdoors, he enjoys photography and scrapbooking. Both he and Kathy also share a passion for antiquing, architecture, decorating and taking long walks. Joe is especially fond of horses having been involved his entire life with American Saddlebred Horses of which he has a deep appreciation for every aspect, especially training. There's never a dull moment.