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Vintage Sleds, Vintage snowmobiles => The endless trail - In memory of our lost members. => Topic started by: tripleart on December 17, 2018, 10:22:11 am

Title: THE PASSING OF PHIL BECKER,,FRIEND AND MODERATOR...........................
Post by: tripleart on December 17, 2018, 10:22:11 am
I just found out a good friend from the Vintage Snowmobile world has passed away from a sudden heart attack,,Phil Becker,,,,also known as ZUK ,,,he was from Beaver Island,,also a moderator for VINTAGESLEDS.COM,,,I'm very sad,,,,,god speed my friend...………………………….

Skidooman: 14/01/19 the following below is copied from 70MF on Page 6 of this thread:

***** Date changed for Phil’s funeral service*****
 Phils daughter sent me a message today, the service has been changed from June 29 to July 1. Just a heads up if anyone is going or has already booked a room.

Friends, family, Portage Northern class of '72, snowmobile friends, Due to many circumstances, our family has shifted the funeral to Monday, July 1st at 11 AM. We can work with you to help you find lodging, as this is an extremely busy week on the Island.
Link to initial thread with funeral info: https://vintagesleds.com/bs/index.php/topic,348833.0.html
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Post by: sledder1 on December 17, 2018, 11:28:36 am
WOW, very sad news.
  Skip
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Post by: 399jlo on December 17, 2018, 11:29:53 am
RIP Zuk. Very sad news!
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Post by: FlexibleFlyer on December 17, 2018, 11:31:55 am
Truly a sad day in the vintage world. I never met Zuk but enjoyed reading his posts and seeing his pictures. R.I.P Zuk.
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Post by: markcp on December 17, 2018, 11:35:05 am
Truly a sad day in the vintage world. I never met Zuk but enjoyed reading his posts and seeing his pictures. R.I.P Zuk.


X2   Always had great interesting posts
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Post by: Lakerider on December 17, 2018, 11:56:48 am
Very sad to hear about this ,.. Phil was a really good friend of mine.      I will miss him very much.
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Post by: rminier on December 17, 2018, 11:59:35 am
 Very sad to hear this....RIP Zuk.
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Post by: zoom on December 17, 2018, 12:08:38 pm
Wow, talk about sudden !  RIP ZUK , you will be missed.
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Post by: Earl on December 17, 2018, 12:09:53 pm
Oh no!  I just PM him last night,  we both had some of the same demon's in our earlier lives which we both had beaten. He filled a void as a older brother for me.  Rest in Peace  my friend, truely a very sad day in my life.... :'( :'( :'( :'(
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Post by: 70 MF on December 17, 2018, 12:13:57 pm
This is truly a sad day, Phil and I were good friends. I met him at A-1 in the fall of 2009 and we became good friends and would stay at my house for the swap over the next few years... he was a gentleman to my wife and treated my kids like his own. I always looked forward to the few times he would come off island each year for vintage events.... he will be missed. RIP my friend.
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Post by: markxx800 on December 17, 2018, 12:18:45 pm
What a terrible loss... RIP Phil.

Mark
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Post by: chris r on December 17, 2018, 12:24:57 pm
Oh no.
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Post by: dirtman on December 17, 2018, 12:39:33 pm
OMG!  sudden tragedy for sure.  he will greatly be missed!

dirtman
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Post by: chris r on December 17, 2018, 01:00:32 pm
So this is a pretty hard lump in my throat. We've been friends for many years. We've seen each other all over Northern MI. When my Wife had her car accident Zuk always asked about her. He was very concerned about her. And also he was down last month and was very, very worried about one of our mutual friends PGN who's been having some health concerns. Man just a couple days ago we were talking about a part that I offered to make for one of his sleds. He was excited because it was he "BEST SLED" and was very much looking forward to finally finishing it up.

So here are a couple pictures of our friend.

First two pics from the Bogie Bash 2016

Third pic Zuk with Lakerider from A-1

Phil Becker (Zuknomad) RIP.  :'(

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Post by: MR Misfit on December 17, 2018, 01:28:12 pm
Sad day Phil was a great guy  fun to be around he always smiling rest in peace good friend 3 long 2 short you will be missed
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Post by: yamakid on December 17, 2018, 01:32:49 pm
Wow this is some tough news to read. Phil was a great man! His personality was definitely one of a kind, he would always go out of his way at St. Germain to come over and say hi to me. We stayed in touch throughout the year and he always loved hearing about my flat track stories as much as I loved hearing about the new and exciting adventures on Beaver Island. He will be missed that's for darn sure. God Speed my friend!
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Post by: derwood on December 17, 2018, 02:16:40 pm
Dang! Just met him the first time at A-1 this year after conversing through vintagesleds all these years. A very great guy to talk to, either in person or via this site.
Ride on friend!!
Derwood
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Post by: chris r on December 17, 2018, 02:31:06 pm
Ok so a bit of info on Zuk, based on things he's told me.

He used to work on the freighters when he was young, was a professional photographer for 15-20 years and grew up in Kalamazoo, MI.

On the island, he wore many hats (his words  :).) He worked as a carpenter, painter, lumber yard, and he also was a sort of caretaker for many who went off island for the winter months. He would check on their homes though out the months that they were gone to make sure everything was safe and secure.

Phil also did a radio show on the Voice of Beaver Island. I never tuned into it, but I'll always wish it did. Phil also spent time at the islands play house where he was a actor in many different plays there. He also was the person who delivered the Meals on Wheels to those who weren't able to take care of themselves.

Obviously there is more to Phil than what I learned over the last 10 years or so, but what I know for sure is that Zuk was a people person. He liked people and people liked him.

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Post by: kawiherder on December 17, 2018, 03:00:22 pm
Wendy and I went to Beaver Island in August of 2014. We went to get our ferry tickets on Wednesday thinking we could visit Phil for a day and move on. Turned out the next chance to get off the island was Sunday so we were trapped on the island for 4 days. Phil met us as we got off the boat, showed us around and made sure we had everything we needed including a tour of his sleds. It was a great  vacation. We got off the boat late Sunday morning and drove until we got home at 3:00am so Wendy could be at school by 7:00am to start the first day of school. We consider Phil a good friend and will miss him.  We still do Beaver Island Thursday buy grilling and having a camping style meal.  This Thursday will be in memory of our friend Zuk.
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Post by: TZR on December 17, 2018, 03:36:54 pm
Noooooo !

Not Phil !   :'(

Godspeed Zuk.

Just a few days short of the 3 year passing of CP.

This will allways be a truely sad week for the vintage sled world............




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Post by: mr bolens on December 17, 2018, 03:59:04 pm
RIP ZUK
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Post by: thefoolsbro on December 17, 2018, 04:01:51 pm
RIP Phil (zuknomad). I also met him through our small world of vintage sleds and as mentioned, he was everybodys
friend. from A1, to the jackpine ride and all points between I would run into him. most memorable was Rogers City
2017. my brother and I spent a lot of time shooting the bull with him and also sat down to dinner with him.
I even sent him a 32oz Suzuki beer mug that I was given years ago just because of his love for Suzukis.
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Post by: jr37 on December 17, 2018, 04:07:33 pm
God bless you Zuk! Although I never met him, I thoroughly enjoyed his posts and was a little jealous of his lifestyle. Sure appeared to be living the good life. He surely will be missed.
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Post by: 71TXman on December 17, 2018, 04:19:56 pm
Brings tears to my eyes to read this. I never did get to meet Zuk, but we always communicated through here, he always had good words to say, and great stories to share. I always looked forward to reading his posts as he had such great stories, and was a good hearted man! RIP my friend, you will be missed very much.

Prayers to his family, and his friends in this difficult time.
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Post by: penguin on December 17, 2018, 04:52:34 pm
This is truly sad news. Phil was a great guy as we all know. He had a quick wit and a smile to go with it. I never heard him speak ill of anyone. I met him at A1 too-He gave me the push I needed many years ago to break out with my seats when he asked me to make one for him. I felt honored to be able to do it for him, and to have him like it so well. We traded parts and conversations over the years-he was a world of knowledge, and he knew those Suzuki sleds like no one else. I had just found 2 carb covers, and sent one out to him-boy was he happy to get it-would have thought he hit the lottery! He was my go to guy for anything to do with them. There is a lump in my throat, and many more tears yet to come. Rest easy, Phil, thank you for being you.
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Post by: danno297 on December 17, 2018, 06:31:19 pm
Really sad news.  Still doesn't seem real.  I met Phil at A-1 a couple of years ago.  It was like you were old friends even if you just met.  I saw him again at this years A-1 show and had a real nice visit with him.   I'll cherish that moment.   He will be greatly missed.  RIP Phil.
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Post by: mikem4 on December 17, 2018, 06:38:46 pm
Sad news. I know he had a heart scare a while back but I thought he had it beat. RIP
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Post by: 69MarkIII on December 17, 2018, 06:59:14 pm
Unfortunately I never had the honor of knowing him, but I sure enjoyed reading his posts. He seemed like a great guy.
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Post by: polaris-case on December 17, 2018, 08:19:57 pm
W O W    I’m in shock yet even after reading this thread 😢  like everyone on here everyone he had a special spot in his and ours hearts. Zuk  I will never forget our friendship on the internet but I wish I could have meet you in person thou !!  You will be missed by everyone as you had one of the biggest hearts I could have been lucky to have been a part of.
RIP my friend and ride on the fluffy clouds and keep them up to date on the radio show !!  Dale
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Post by: buschdog123 on December 17, 2018, 08:36:30 pm
So Sad, just saw him a month or so ago. Reading his post on here of the events he wanted to attend.....Hope he is there in spirit with us all. What a nice person and sadly missed...RIP Zuk!!!
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Post by: beverlynsteve on December 17, 2018, 08:38:36 pm
The world lost a great human being for sure.  What a wonderful man who was so much to so many.  I only know him from online from posts and numerous IM's.  I enjoyed talking to him and getting to know him through vintagesleds.com.  He is one of those folks I always wanted to meet up with if I was ever in that area but being from the East, never made it.

I am truly saddened by the news.  My sincere condolences to his family and closest friends. 
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Post by: Lakerider on December 17, 2018, 08:43:36 pm
 Last picture I took of my good friend Zuk ,.. he was having a Great day.
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Post by: 70 MF on December 17, 2018, 10:34:15 pm
(http://i695.photobucket.com/albums/vv320/jjstrauch/004-12.jpg) (http://s695.photobucket.com/user/jjstrauch/media/004-12.jpg.html)
One of my favorite pictures of Phil. He purchased a pair of Suzuki XR440s down by Detroit sight unseen(one sled was in near mint condition) Our friend Paul-PGN picked the sleds up for Phil and brought it as far north as my house. The hood on the mint sled had been damaged (hood impaled by a 2x4) just before the sled was picked up by Paul, so we took the hood off and we had it fixed and professionally repainted. I kept the sleds at my place until winter and got it running and bolted the new hood on, and delivered it to Phil when he came off the island for the Bogie Bash in Harrison. As far as he knew it was still damaged, until I had him open the trailer when I got to Harrison.... he was in total disbelief when he saw his sled for the first time.
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Post by: YOOPER on December 17, 2018, 11:22:28 pm
Sad news for sure,didn't know him or ever met him but always enjoyed his posts and pictures.
Rest in peace Zuk
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Post by: moose17n on December 17, 2018, 11:44:18 pm
we have definitely lost a beautiful soul. what a great bunch of friends he had in the vintage sled family, like PGN, 70MF LAKERIDER ETC. it's no doubt in my mind he is heading up a ride in heaven with our past brothers and sisters like jill nelson and crew. I feel blessed to have known them both. thank you god for sharing them for awhile with us. RIDE ON ZUK AND JILL, UNTIL WE RIDE AGAIN
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Post by: raiderfan on December 18, 2018, 12:18:17 am
So sad to here of Phil’s passing. A true gentleman. We lost a great one for sure. :'(
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Post by: fp1967 on December 18, 2018, 12:35:10 am
So sad to hear this. RIP Zuk. I met him at St.Germain a few years ago and then visited with him at the Jackpine the following winter. Such a nice guy.
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Post by: Rusted Nuts on December 18, 2018, 12:39:31 am
Sad news for sure. We crossed paths several times, Only got to chat with him once, the other times he was engaged in deep conversations with several of his many friends.
I will also miss his posts and pictures.
Rest in peace Zuk.   
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Post by: bigsherm on December 18, 2018, 12:54:28 am
RIP Zuk  Met him several years go at St Germain after many emails and messages.
This year he joined about 5 of us in the pool/ hot tub in Eagle River before St Germain.
He said how good he felt after his health scare and looking forward to this season of sledding.
Again RIP Zuk you will be missed.
Sherm
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Post by: 70 MF on December 18, 2018, 01:00:44 am
I received a message from Phil’s daughter Rachel this evening...as of right now there will be no funeral services, but they are planning a memorial service for sometime in the summer of next year. She told me that when a date and location is finalized she would let me know so I can pass on the information to the vintage sites he was a part of. She also said she would give me leads on lodging in the area.
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Post by: opsled on December 18, 2018, 01:04:51 am
Never met Zuk either but always read his stuff because it was good and I enjoyed it. I would put him on the same pedestal as Spike and Sulley when it comes to the gift being able to make me smile..


 Rest his soul. He will also be missed by many who didn't know him.

opsled
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Post by: hotdoo on December 18, 2018, 01:24:26 am
Just a frigging sad day,I had trouble just moving after I read Art's post this morning. I always saw Phil at A-1, Jack Pine or Roger City. We were suppose to go to island this summer but we got busy. Chris is right ,Phil wore many hats besides being a Vintage snowmobile dude, always enjoyed his company and the stories he would tell. I did listen to his radio show on Sunday nights when I remembered,he always played the music I liked. I have picked up parts for him at Steven Cycle for his Suzuki,he even bought a whole tunnel they had hanging in warehouse a couple of years ago. I was glad I met Phil, very sorry to see him go, I and all other s who met him will remember him for ever. REST in PEACE Phil,till we met again. hotdoo/Dan H
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Post by: GHenry on December 18, 2018, 01:30:28 am
... shi++y deal for sure.  Met Zuk quite a few times at St. Germain, and always in a good mood.  As was stated, never had a bad word about anyone.  Was always nice to chat with him, you walked away feeling better than you did before meeting him.

Ride on Zuk

RIP
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Post by: Mario on December 18, 2018, 01:32:14 am
I wanted to post this morning, but didn't have time before work. Wasn't going to try posting from the dumb phone. Was thinking all day about what I wanted to say. I'm not sure what else to say that hasn't already been said. The sport/hobby lost a wonderful man. You couldn't help but smile when you saw him coming at any show or swap you saw him at. Zuk our friend, we will meet again some day. Until then, we will all miss you dearly. I hope you enjoy sleddin in heaven!!
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Post by: oldcadman on December 18, 2018, 01:37:35 am
i always looked foreword to seeing zuk at st.germain, he was as nice of a man as they come.

goodbye my friend.
rick

Title: R.I.P. Zuk Phil Becker
Post by: TZR on December 18, 2018, 01:52:45 am
Im still a bit shocked hearing of Phils passing.

I went up mountain today Dec 17 and honored Phil.  I serviced the Topance warming hut, then stood on the deck watching light snow gently and silently fall, and thought of all the things Phil brought to this hobby in the last decade.

Dont even know where to begin..........




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Post by: EricR on December 18, 2018, 01:53:07 am
Rest in peace and ride on Zuk!

Can't say I had met him in person but visiting Beaver and saying hi to Phil was on the list of vacation road trips. 
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Post by: H.O 350 on December 18, 2018, 01:59:32 am
He added me on Facebook,never met him in person,but was one of the few I followed.Enjoyed his pics of Beaver Island
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Post by: Skidooman on December 18, 2018, 02:41:47 am
My heart sank when I clicked on this thread. My condolences to his family and friends.
Never met Phil in person, but it's been a privilege to have him come on-board and assist in moderating this site.
I too am going to am going miss his Zuk monologues with it's pictures.
God Speed.
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Post by: jschaffer on December 18, 2018, 02:54:17 am
Like some have said earlier I am in disbelief.  Always kind and considerate and a joy to know and talk with.  I will surely miss seeing Phil, BS'ing, and Sunday Night Oldies on WVBI.  I am not very good at posting pictures, I will try the next few days.  But my avatar picture is one Phil took of me at the Jack Pine Ride several years ago.  RIP ZukNomad
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Post by: sleddinfool on December 18, 2018, 02:57:00 am
I also am saddened to read this. I also saw triplearts post on facebook..He truly was a great guy. As my brother and many others have stated, after talking with him, you just walked away--happy and smiling. Until we meet agin, Phil.. RIP.. Kevin
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Post by: JLOpower on December 18, 2018, 11:03:54 am
This is a true punch in the heart. My sadness for a friend I never had the privilege to shake hands with yet felt I had known all my life is impossible to relate. The world will truly never be the same.
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Post by: chris r on December 18, 2018, 11:12:21 am
With PoleCat Jerry.

 :)
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Post by: JAGS on December 18, 2018, 01:12:01 pm
Very sad news to hear. I met Zuk 10 plus years ago, and rite from the start you knew he was a good guy. Sorry to his family an loved ones. May you rest peace my friend.

If anyone hears of donation or charities to send a token to please let us know.


Thanks,

Matt Campo
AKA Jags
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Post by: Mario on December 18, 2018, 01:45:31 pm
I don’t tend to like posing for pictures, but this spring at St Germain, Zuk came by right before be were packing up, and Eileen wanted a picture. I’m very glad she did. The other gent in the pic is my 70 year old kid brother from Mass.
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Post by: zrtrc on December 18, 2018, 08:57:16 pm
I met Phil years ago on the trail just south of Munising, MI. I couldn't pass up a chance to talk to a guy riding a vintage sled surrounded buy newer sleds. We have been friends ever since. As it turns out we had been going to the same vintage sled events for years previous. What a huge loss. I tried to post some pictures but they must be too big. I was really looking forward to some riding with him this winter. RIP Zuk.
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Post by: Tom Priebe on December 18, 2018, 09:27:04 pm
Well, I'll just say what everyone else is feeling.  This sucks. I only hope that his family is aware of just how much he affected those around him, and had a positive impact on people that never had the pleasure to meet him.  That is the true measure of lifetime. 
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Post by: TNTVintage on December 19, 2018, 04:08:06 am
Rest easy my friend....a huge loss and a very sad day in the vintage world.
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Post by: Ski of Plenty on December 19, 2018, 05:02:37 am
Just like some others here, I never met him. I know he was a big Suzuki guy but he also was one of the few people I ever heard of that had a reliable Ski Whiz. I'd like to think he's in a place right now where the snow is perfect and the trails are always smooth. Godspeed Zuk!
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Post by: one shot on December 19, 2018, 05:37:53 am
I never met the man or knew his real name but enjoyed his stories and pictures of vintage rides. R.I.P. vintage sledder.
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Post by: yamadeere on December 19, 2018, 12:02:56 pm
Very sad news. I never met Phil but talked to him and we emailed often. This past fall
I received a box of parts for my Ski Whiz re-hab project direct from beaver island. He is
gone but his memory will ride on every time I fire up the Massey. My decal for the hood,
"In memory of Grandpa Grandma and Dad"  the people who started me in this sport
at the age of 1, will also read Phil Becker
RIP
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Post by: Joe Rainville on December 19, 2018, 02:23:06 pm
I read about Phil's passing on FB yesterday, really sucked.  He was always so upbeat and I always enjoyed visiting with him at the HoF show each May.  Darn nice guy.

If possible I wish him a 'Zuk that starts on the first tug, endless trails that are always groomed, and lots of firm, deep snow to play in.  Ride on buddy...we will miss you...

Rest in peace,
"John Deere Joe"
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Post by: Rupp luver on December 19, 2018, 05:45:58 pm
RIP Phil.Always enjoyed his posts,pics & stories.
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Post by: Jack on December 19, 2018, 06:17:22 pm
So sorry, another real sledder gone condolences to his friends and family :(
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Post by: slowestsled on December 19, 2018, 07:26:33 pm
Never met Him,but His posts were always welcomed.RIP my friend. It is a reminder for all of us to share,laugh,enjoy and be good to ourselves everyday,cuz we do not know where,when,how, our ticket is punched for. Sudden passing is great for the one going with little or no suffering ,-- which is way good,but surprises us left to wonder and moarn,however as which I assume many of us are Christians,we Believe He is gone on to the big snowmobile show,swap on the other side. No one mentioned,I just thought of it now,the SUZUKI colors are what our Nations colors are,THE GREAT RED - WHITE - AND - BLUE !!!!!  Prayers.
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Post by: buschdog123 on December 19, 2018, 09:58:01 pm
Just a sweet man....Always nice to talk to with a great attitude!!!
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Post by: XCRacer440 on December 19, 2018, 10:58:53 pm
I also never met Phil in person but I sure enjoyed his stories about the island and his Suzuki sleds...RIP fellow vintage rider
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Post by: Triple Z on December 19, 2018, 11:46:00 pm
RIP Zukster- you will be missed often by many.  I heard about this the morning after he passed and have honestly been struck by it, just as many others from our big crazy family have too.   Phil stopped by our house here in Lapeer on a few of his "mainland" trips, and he was like a kid in a candy store when I gave him a nos suzuki track and some nos drivers and other goodies.  He was concerned about the weight of all these things for the plane ride back, but he laughed and said he'd rather have the parts and will leave his luggage in the back of his truck parked at the airport to get next time.   Mrs Z and I were working out details of a trip to the island late this summer or early fall to visit Phil and the island, and get the full tour of the Kings land.   Sadly not gonna happen.    I did have the pleasure of listening to his radio show on more than one occasion and enjoyed what he spun and talked about for sure.      Life is short, this is just another pungent in your face example of that.   Thoughts and prayers to the whole family, and until we meet again Phil may God speed friend.
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Post by: Earl on December 20, 2018, 12:48:25 am
old adage: only the good die young, and that applies to Phil for sure. :'( :'( :'(
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Post by: uncletom on December 21, 2018, 12:34:17 am
God sends special people into our lives and some of them really stand out. Zuk was one of them.
Jean said he was the kind of guy you were always happy to see. We had a nice visit with him last spring at St.Germain. She was asking him about visiting the island. Later I caught him smoking.  Just last week I was thinking about Zuk and I told Jean I was worried about him.
He was everyone's friend, we were lucky to have him, we will miss him, and always remember him.

Tom
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Post by: motoski1 on December 21, 2018, 09:18:54 pm
Will miss his storys and pics. for sure.
Title: Re: R.I.P. Zuk Phil Becker
Post by: polaris-case on December 22, 2018, 01:08:37 am
Good peaceful times Yeti !!  Wish we had the high mountains and snow to enjoy here and have the peacefulness to reflect on life in general !!  Glad you can enjoy the good life in Gods country with the clean fresh air my friend !!  Dale
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Post by: TZR on December 22, 2018, 04:34:04 am
Thanks for the comment Dale.

I wish I could have spent more time with Zuk.  The time I had with him was very cool.  He lived a very unique life being on a island in the middle of a freshwater sea.

I think of the effort he put into opening up and re establishing long forgotten sled trails on the island...... all by himself !  Its alot of work for one man.

His attention to detail when restoring the Suzuki;s and the Massey was very impressive.

I sure hope his sleds fall into good hands that will show and ride them, not just hide them.  He would have wanted it that way !   ;)
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Post by: polaris-case on December 22, 2018, 04:23:12 pm
Very good post Yeti !!  I sure wish I could have met Zuk myself as he WAS a one of a kind guy in a GOOD WAY !!  He’s gonna be missed by people we don’t even know and on the island also. He played a big part on the island from all his stories and I always wanted to listen to his radio show but wasn’t sure how I could. Yeti it’s times like this that where you live is definitely GODS COUNTRY !!  Dale
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Post by: Ortonville Sledz on December 22, 2018, 11:38:57 pm
Years ago I picked up a really sweet SM-10 and took it to the LOS event at Doug's in Lapeer. I posted some pictures and out of the blue I got a phone call from Phil. We talked for over an hour. What a great guy.
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Post by: Jetson on December 23, 2018, 04:13:22 pm
Great stories, great pictures, great guy. Thank you ZUK. RIP
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Post by: jschaffer on December 25, 2018, 06:30:29 pm
Top of the hill at Rogers City Mi.
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Post by: chris r on January 01, 2019, 02:05:04 pm
If I already wrote this, I opologize for the repeat.

When Zuk was down for the A-1 swap we were talking and he said he needed a part made for his "best sled" and that it was the only thing left to do on it. So I asked him about it and he said he had a engineered drawing of the part so I'm thinking this will be an easy one. He emailed me a couple of sketches and a picture of the part in place on another machine and I told him I would get it done.

Well there was one dimension that I was having a hard time seeing on the paper so I contacted him on the 13th of Dec. He got back to me quickly and after he "lightened" up the sketch a bit, it was easier for me to see. I told him I would get to it soon and have his best machine back on the snow soon. Well, I came up with the material and was going to work on it the very day that Art told us that he passed away.

So it's kind of a hard thing to think of Phil being gone. Seeing him at a few different places every year and knowing that I had a friend who lived on BEAVER ISLAND for God's sake was much more important to me than I realized.

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Post by: TZR on January 01, 2019, 03:09:07 pm
Funny how ya dont realize how some folks effect ya even though you may only see em a few times a year, aint it !   8)

Zuk was one of those guys !   I think I only saw him in person 2 or 3 times, but lots of chat on the internet.

I sure wished he could have been along on alot more vintage rides and events with me.   :-\
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Post by: polaris-case on January 01, 2019, 03:21:51 pm
Funny how ya dont realize how some folks effect ya even though you may only see em a few times a year, aint it !   8)

Zuk was one of those guys !   I think I only saw him in person 2 or 3 times, but lots of chat on the internet.

I sure wished he could have been along on alot more vintage rides and events with me.   :-\


X 2   Yetti   I couldn’t have said it better   Dale
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Post by: Earl on January 01, 2019, 09:03:19 pm
I never met the man but PM with each other many times. I had sent him a PM the day before his passing.  I will not be erasing it from my PM's for quite awhile....I am still in disbelief.....
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Post by: 70 MF on January 13, 2019, 07:53:03 pm
***** Date changed for Phil’s funeral service*****
 Phils daughter sent me a message today, the service has been changed from June 29 to July 1. Just a heads up if anyone is going or has already booked a room.

Friends, family, Portage Northern class of '72, snowmobile friends, Due to many circumstances, our family has shifted the funeral to Monday, July 1st at 11 AM. We can work with you to help you find lodging, as this is an extremely busy week on the Island.

If a moderator could pin this post that would be great, or possibly make it a new thread....just want people to know so they don’t book rooms or show up on the 29th and get a surprise.
Thanks, John
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Post by: MR Misfit on January 14, 2019, 04:18:36 pm
i had a  dispaly set up inside at the Alpena show but as noraml no one took any pics its my fault i should have taken one will try in rapid river and hopfully in rogers city were phil came a few times
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Post by: TZR on January 15, 2019, 02:28:04 am
We need one of the graphics / sticker guys to make up a batch of " RIP ZUK " stickers !!!

In blue , white and red,  like Suzuki colors.  It would be cool if the shape was the outline of Beaver Island.  Similar to the duct tape memorial stickers for Cruelpaul.

Many a toolbox and sled would be proud to display em !   ;)
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Post by: Skidooman on January 15, 2019, 02:48:20 am
We need one of the graphics / sticker guys to make up a batch of " RIP ZUK " stickers !!!

Many a toolbox and sled would be proud to display em !   ;)

Hear Hear, that's an excellent idea.
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Post by: MR Misfit on January 15, 2019, 05:13:31 am
Ok I see what I can do
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Post by: MR Misfit on January 16, 2019, 04:17:56 pm
How about this
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Post by: 70 MF on January 16, 2019, 10:15:08 pm
Tom aka TNTVintage on this site is already making some up, should be done soon, pic is of his actual sled...
(http://i695.photobucket.com/albums/vv320/jjstrauch/FF59A1E3-1E1D-4DE7-A5D7-DFFC346A0FF0_zpswsvtijwa.png) (http://s695.photobucket.com/user/jjstrauch/media/FF59A1E3-1E1D-4DE7-A5D7-DFFC346A0FF0_zpswsvtijwa.png.html)
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Post by: 399jlo on January 16, 2019, 11:29:45 pm
Please post info on where to send check to order some when they are available.
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Post by: MR Misfit on January 17, 2019, 12:16:24 am
What one you want pm me mine are ready to ship
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Post by: Triple Z on January 17, 2019, 12:35:09 am
i had a  dispaly set up inside at the Alpena show but as noraml no one took any pics its my fault i should have taken one will try in rapid river and hopfully in rogers city were phil came a few times

Ben had an awesome "in honor of Zuk" display set up at the Alpena show and it was a very nicely done, and emotional for most everyone there.   Well done Ben,   and we all sure so miss him (along with too many others in this crazy hobby).

Nope, no pics of the display from here either.   
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Post by: MR Misfit on January 17, 2019, 12:40:44 am
Thanks Doug I can't believe it no one had a pic of it that day flew by
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Post by: TZR on January 18, 2019, 06:10:39 pm
Thanks for makin up stickers guys !   8)

I will PM you for a few.
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Post by: 70 MF on December 16, 2019, 03:29:26 pm
Well it’s been a year since Phil’s passing, where did the time go?...still find it hard to believe.
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Post by: MR Misfit on December 16, 2019, 06:37:12 pm
i will again this year have a display set up to honor Zuk again at the Alpena show
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Post by: MR Misfit on December 16, 2019, 08:21:52 pm
Can we make this Phil Becker day Dec 16th each year
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Post by: Earl on December 16, 2019, 09:58:19 pm
speaking for myself, I miss him terribly.
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Post by: TZR on December 16, 2019, 10:45:30 pm
Every time I see a Suzuki sled, I think of Zuk.

I really miss the news from Beaver Island.

Now that the website is slowing even more, it seems kinda sad to me that the good old days have come and gone......... along with ALOT of vintagesleds.  :-\
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Post by: 70 MF on December 16, 2019, 11:58:00 pm
speaking for myself, I miss him terribly.
I think you speak for a lot of us... he was a great friend, it was like losing a brother.
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Post by: MR Misfit on January 21, 2020, 06:45:59 pm
Finly got zuks sled out
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Post by: Earl on January 21, 2020, 11:48:55 pm
Phil is smiling ear to ear
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Post by: MR Misfit on January 24, 2020, 10:07:38 pm
Zuks sled made the rapid river ride today awesome sled to ride
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Post by: TZR on January 26, 2020, 12:48:23 pm
Very cool !

I remember him posting about riding that sled on the island after his first heart attack after a snow storm.  Nearly got it stuck in the ditch !   :o

I hope his mom's 292 nomad see's similar outings these days !    :'(
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Post by: MR Misfit on January 26, 2020, 09:00:34 pm
I am trying to take his sled to a few shows and rides he never got to I even got a ski whiz suit to wear when I ride
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Post by: thefoolsbro on January 26, 2020, 11:29:07 pm
I am trying to take his sled to a few shows and rides he never got to I even got a ski whiz suit to wear when I ride

you are doing a great job keeping Phils memory alive! many people in Rapid river friday knew
who that Massey belonged to by just glancing at it. It was good seeing you Ben.
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Post by: MR Misfit on January 27, 2020, 12:18:04 am
I try to nice to see you to
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Post by: dirtman on February 10, 2020, 06:28:56 pm
Good job Ben! 

dirtman
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Post by: MR Misfit on February 13, 2020, 02:45:44 pm
the Massy will be at Nubinway this weekend
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Post by: TZR on December 16, 2020, 02:32:16 pm
Been thinking about Zuk lately.  Today will be 2 years he has been gone.

I miss the old days with him and all the Beaver Island stories.  I hope whoever got his mom's 292 Nomad is taking care of it and taking it on rides and to shows   :-\
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Post by: hotdoo on December 16, 2020, 09:47:59 pm
 2 years without seeing his friendly face or hear him on the radio. Truly sad, it was great knowing him. Dan H/hotdoo
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Post by: Skidooman on December 17, 2020, 04:12:04 am
Been thinking about Zuk lately.  Today will be 2 years he has been gone.

I miss the old days with him and all the Beaver Island stories.  I hope whoever got his mom's 292 Nomad is taking care of it and taking it on rides and to shows   :-\


Yep, sure miss his photo's and stories.
It was great having him on the mod squad as well :'(

Here's a photo he posted way back when, from a ride:

(http://i735.photobucket.com/albums/ww358/zuknomad/winter%20shots/karnes%20I_zpsdkiyyjhc.jpg)
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Post by: Earl on December 20, 2020, 02:53:56 pm
I sure do miss him...
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Post by: jschaffer on December 21, 2020, 02:26:18 am
Miss him and miss the Zuklogs.
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Post by: MR Misfit on December 27, 2020, 12:36:26 am
i have his ski whiz  its ready for snow when ever we get any
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Post by: chris r on January 11, 2021, 04:25:23 pm
 I'll celebrate knowing Phil on this day. He was always glad to see people at swaps and shows and if you ever talked to him on the phone............ , cancel lunch. Maybe dinner too. :)  He loved to talk on the phone.