Maurice M. Decker Jr.
1925-2013 SHEFFIELD Maurice M. Decker, 88, died Sunday October 20, 2013 surrounded by his loving family at the home of his son Dennis and his wife Lori in Housatonic. He was born in Stockbridge, MA on April 1, 1925 son of Maurice M. Sr. and Blanche Bacon Decker. He attended local schools and was a 1943 graduate of the former Williams High School. During World War II Maurice proudly served his country in the United States Infantry serving with the 25th Division, he was the recipient of many ribbons among them were the Asiatic Pacific Ribbon, the Good Conduct Ribbon, and the Bronze Star . He worked as a foreman for the former Monument Mills for many years, then he worked for the Mass Highway Dept. for 32 1/2 years retiring in 1990 as a State \Foreman. He was a special police officer for the Great Barrington Police Dept. for 21 years and also a Berkshire County Sheriff. He also served as President of the Special Police Association. Maurice was a life member of the James A. Modolo VFW, where he served as Commander five times; he was also voted State Commander, and District 9 Commander, two of the highest ranks attainable in the V.F.W. He was a member of the Adams-Budz Post #8183, a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #513, a member of the Sheffield American Legion Post#340, and the Sheffield Conservation Board, a housing board member and recreation committee member for the town of Great Barrington. Maurice enjoyed mowing and caring for his lawn, collecting farm tractors, and traveling. His wife, the former Ruth Brace whom he married in St. Mary's Church, Lee on October 5, 1946, predeceased him on November 15, 2012. Maurice is survived by two sons, Richard and his wife Evelyn of Great Barrington, and Dennis and his wife Lori of Housatonic; three daughters, Nancy Flynn of Sheffield, Christine Cross of Housatonic, and Deborah Goerlach and her husband Gary of Great Barrington; an adopted brother Ken Kushi of Sheffield; a sister Dorothy Cronin of Great Barrington; 14 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Besides his wife Ruth, Maurice was predeceased by a son, Ronald L., who died September 3, 1964. FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services for Maurice M. Decker Jr, who died October 20, will be held on Friday October 25, at 11:30 a.m. at the BIRCHES-ROY FUNERAL HOME with the Reverend William P. Murphy officiating. Burial with Military Honors, under the direction of the Adams-Budz Post #8183 will follow in St. Peter's Cemetery. Family will receive friends at the BIRCHES-ROY FUNERAL HOME, on Thursday October 24, from 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in Maurice's memory may be made to the Berkshire Humane Society in care of funeral home at 33 South Street, Great Barrington, MA. 01230. Condolences may be made through birchesroyfuneralservices.com.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Oct. 22, 2013