Frank E. Becker, who investigated organized crime for the federal and state governments, died Monday in Erie County Medical Center after a fall in his home. He was 80.
The Buffalo native graduated from Canisius High School and attended Antioch College, Purdue University and the University of Buffalo.
He was drafted into the Army during World War II and served from 1943 to 1945 as a private first class in the infantry. Mr. Becker was wounded in the invasion of France and received the Purple Heart.
After the war, he worked briefly with the Veterans Administration before becoming an Internal Revenue Service agent.
Mr. Becker lived in the towns of Tonawanda and Amherst before being transferred for 3 1/2 years to Lynnfield, Mass. Upon returning to the Buffalo area, he settled in Orchard Park and then in Farnham, where he lived the past 29 years.
By the time he retired from the agency in 1975, he had worked his way to assistant chief of the Criminal Intelligence Division of the IRS. He also served as principal investigator with the New York State Organized Crime Task Force, part of the state Attorney General's office, and later worked as a vice president with a private investigation firm.
Mr. Becker was active in St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Farnham, where he volunteered for many years as Eucharistic minister. He was a member of the Evans Township Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars. He enjoyed golf and reading books with a military theme.
Surviving are his wife of 58 years, the former Maxine J. Dommer; three daughters, Diane Czyz and Donna, both of Farnham, and Julie Sager of Brant; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Anthony's Church, 417 Commercial St., Farnham. Prayers will be said at 9:15 in Addison Funeral Home, 262 North Main St., Angola. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Lackawanna.