Norman K. Decker, age 82, passed away Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at his home in Bowling Green, Ohio. He was born February 7, 1931 to the late Veddie D. and Matie Z. Decker. He attended Harborcreek High School in Harbor Creek, Pa. Norm received his Bachelors Degree from Bowling Green State University in 1957 and his Masters Degree in 1962. On June 9, 1956 he married his lifelong companion, Martha R. Decker (nee Ruck) and they lived 56 years together achieving their goals in life. Norm was a Korean War Veteran and received the Korea Service Ribbon and the Bronze Star. His entire career was devoted to teaching and coaching. "Stormin' Norman" made winning a habit at Liberty Center, Celina and Whitmer High School. He taught every young man on his football teams the value of discipline, hard work, commitment, and education. He received eight "Coach of the Year" awards, was inducted into three athletic halls of fame, and won a total of 113 football games; never taking credit and always praising his coaching staff and the men on the team. Survivors include his wife, Martha; sons, Doak and Kyle; and grandchildren, Jake and Samantha Decker. His final request was to wait for his loving wife to join him, and to have all their friends come together for a cookout this summer to celebrate their lives. Memorial contributions may be made to: flagcityhonorflight.org or www.heartlandhospicefund.org "I don't believe in the brute nature of man or that men must be brutalized to be combative. I believe in God, and I believe in human decency. But I firmly believe that any man's finest hour - his greatest fulfillment to all he holds dear - is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle - victorious!" ~ Vince Lombardi
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Published in the Erie Times-News on Mar. 24, 2013