They are sowing seeds, but you could just as easily say that Ray and Mary Jo Becker are helping future generations grow wings of faith—because their commitment to helping young people gain an excellent Catholic education at Benedictine College has been backed up as much by flying as by farming. Both Ray and Mary Jo heartily agree the time they spent in Catholic education helped to put both themselves and their family on the right course for the rest of their lives.
Raised near Purcell, a small farming community 20 miles northwest of St. Benedict’s College, Ray and Mary Jo both attended St. Mary’s Grade School. Mary Jo attended Mount St. Scholastica Academy and Ray graduated with a degree in business administration from St. Benedict’s College in 1963. The couple married the same year, and it was then that a joint life adventure began for the Becker family. Ray joined the United States Air Force, receiving his commission at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. He served for more than seven years as a Radar Bombadier/Navigator in B-52, KC97 and C-130 aircraft—all while working to complete a master’s degree in economics from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas.
Blessed with four married sons and 11 grandchildren so far, Ray and Mary Jo returned to the Purcell area where Ray joined the Missouri Air National Guard and served for 21 years, racking up more than 10,000 flying hours. Ray worked for First Command Financial Planning as an agent and representative for 35 years, and while he is now serving as Senior Executive Agent with Caudle Financial Group, he also helps his son Tim on the family farm, T&R Farms.
Ray and Mary Jo certainly strike us as the kind of people who know God has blessed them in their chosen careers and want to pass on those blessings to others. Joining Benedictine College’s other valuable supporters, they have set up a scholarship with the purpose of helping second generation students pursue a Catholic education at Benedictine College—but their fund has the potential to help any student with financial need. Their story continues to inspire others considering a gift of real impact and significance—one that will help Benedictine build for greatness with expanded facilities, develop a world class faculty, educate America’s future leaders and ultimately build one of America’s great Catholic colleges.
We would be very glad to hear what your vision is for the future of Benedictine College and the students who come to us— especially the students searching to find a way to attend Benedictine, whatever their financial need.