Decker, James J.
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was born February 25, 1928 in Evansville, IN. He was peacefully called to Heaven on February 6, 2014. Jim's family moved to Arizona during World War II and he became a lifelong resident of Phoenix. He was active in Boy Scouts earning the Order of the Arrow and Eagle Scout with 3 Palms. He continued in Scouting for 35 years as a Scoutmaster and Commissioner. He received The Lamb Award for his work with the scouts. He graduated from North Phoenix High School where he enjoyed playing football. He joined the Air Force and served in the 5th Communications Squadron in Korea, Japan and North Africa during the Korean War. He worked as a Journeyman Electrician for over 40 years and was a member of IBEW Local 640. He also was a member of the Korean War Veterans Association, The Disabled American Veterans, VFW Post 720, Elks Lodge #335, American Legion Post #44, Masonic Lodge #43 (Scottsdale), Golden Age Road Runners Club for Retired Electricians. He is survived by his loving wife of over 67 years Lucile, daughter Jacque (John), grandchildren Jessica and James and his brother Jerry (Jean). Services will be held on Saturday, February 15 at 1:00 p.m. at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 3641 N. 56th Street, Phoenix 85018. A military burial will follow at 3:30 p.m. at Green Acres Cemetery, 401 N Hayden Road, Scottsdale 85257. Donations can be made in lieu of flowers to: Grace Hospice and The Villa Hospice Inpatient Unit. www.greenacresmortuary.net
Published in The Arizona Republic on Feb. 12, 2014