GREEN - Richard J. Decker, 70, of Greendell, died suddenly Sunday, June 1, 2014, at Newton Medical Center. Born in Sparta, Mr. Decker was a longtime resident of Sussex County. In his early years he was the manager of the Post Restaurant at Picatinny Arsenal in Rockaway Township before his retirement in 1984, and was the superintendent of the Department of Public Works in Green Township until 2004. Mr. Decker was a member of Green Township Fire Department for 40 years, where he held many offices, including fire chief; he was a former president of Sussex County Fire Chief Association and a former first responder for Allamuchy-Green First Aid Squad. Mr. Decker was a member of the Harmony Hill Masonic Lodge and a member of Yellow Frame Presbyterian Church. The son of the late Floyd and Jenny Decker, Mr. Decker also was predeceased by his wife, Britta P. Decker, on April 6, 2014; a daughter, Sherri Hansen in 2013; a sister, Dot Decker; and brother, Alfred Decker. He is survived by five children, Richard "Ricky" Decker Jr. and wife, Denise, of Frelinghuysen, Christi Pena, of Colorado, Jamie Decker and wife, Kelly, of Branchville, Cathi White and husband, Steve, of Indiana, and Steve Decker, of Indiana; 16 grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Linda Peterson, of Mine Hill; two nephews, Charles Peterson and wife, Eleni, and John Peterson; and brother, Sonny Decker and wife, Irene, of Pennsylvania. A Firemen's Service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, June 7, at Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High St., Newton. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 6, at the funeral home, with a Masonic Service at 8 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the Firemen's Home, 565 Lathrop Ave., Boonton, NJ 07005. Online condolences may be offered at www.smithmccrackenfuneralhome.com.
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Smith-McCracken Funeral Home
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Newton, NJ 07860
Published in The New Jersey Herald on June 4, 2014