Franklin H. “Tiger” Becher, 81, Ferdinand

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Franklin H. “Tiger” Becher, 81, of Ferdinand, died Sunday (February 4) at St. Vincent Hospital in Evansville. He was born in Ferdinand November 3, 1936, to Othmar and Susan (Seger) Becher. He married Jeanette Blume August 22, 1959, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg.

Tiger was the former owner of Becher Plumbing and Heating. He was a member of Christ the King Parish, St. Ferdinand Church, and its St. Joseph’s Sodality. He was also a member of Ferdinand American Legion Post 124 and St. Meinrad Knights of Columbus No. 5599. He was a retired Ferdinand volunteer fireman, was a scorekeeper at Forest Park basketball games for 20 years, and a long time Forest Park band booster. He served in the U.S. Army for three years and was self-employed in plumbing, heating, and roof work for over 40 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and had what many called the best kept garden in Ferdinand. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanette Becher; four daughters, Beth Bumm and husband Ronnie, Huffman Mill, Joyce Scherzer and husband Gary, Perry County, and Mary Sue Olinger and husband Kevin and Linda Wendholt and husband Donny, all of St. Anthony; four sons, Dean Becher and wife Mary, Steve Becher and wife Chris, Phillip Becher and wife Amy, and Christopher Becher and wife Kasey, all of Ferdinand; 23 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one sister, Ruthie Durlauf, Ferdinand; and two brothers, Tom Becher, Topeka, Kansas, and Charles Becher, Paris, Illinois.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Ann Potter and Cyrilla Lueken, one brother, Joe Becher, and three infant grandchildren.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday and from 7-9:30 a.m. Thursday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Ferdinand Church with burial and military graveside rites by Ferdinand Legion Post 124 following in the church cemetery.

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