SSgt. Justin M. DeCrow

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Sept. 11, 1977 - Nov. 5, 2009
PLYMOUTH - SSgt. Justin M. DeCrow, 32, a family man and career serviceman with the United States Army, was tragically killed in the events at Ft. Hood, Texas, on Thursday, November 5th. Justin, a resident of Evans, GA, formerly of Plymouth, is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 13 years, Marikay DeCrow, and his 13- year-old daughter, Kylah N. DeCrow. He is also survived by proud parents: mother, Rhonda (Atkins) Thompson, step-father, Todd Thompson, both of Plymouth, and father, Daniel J. DeCrow, and his fiancée, Colleen Becht. Dan is a Vietnam veteran, they reside in Fulton, Ind., a brother, Cody Abel Thompson, maternal grandmother, Pauline J. Atkins, and his in-laws, Roy C. and Sandy (Krieghbaum) Sickman, all of Plymouth. Justin was born on September 11, 1977, in Valparaiso, Indiana, and graduated from Plymouth High School in 1996, where he was involved in the wrestling and football programs. He also worked hard on the farm and was a good cook, having worked at the Hayloft Restaurant. Justin possessed great technical skills when it came to a computer. In March 1996 he married Marikay Sickman and joined the military that summer. His daughter, Kylah Nicole, was born two weeks after he left for basic training. He served faithfully in the military for 13 years, and recently returned from South Korea where he specialized in satellite communications. He had been stationed at Fort Hood since September, and after finding out that he was being deployed to Iraq, his wife and daughter continued to live in the family home near Fort Gordon. Rhonda and Todd raised Justin to be a man of good character who loved and took exceptional care of his family. Justin and Marikay celebrated nearly 14 happy years of marriage. His infectious charm and wit always put others at ease and drew him many friends. He will be greatly missed by all. The family will receive friends from 2 to 8 p.m. on Friday, November 13th, in the Plymouth Wesleyan Church, 11203 S. Michigan Road, Plymouth. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, November 14th, in the Plymouth Wesleyan Church. The Rev. David Terhune will officiate. With a Patriot Guard escort, burial will immediately follow with full military honors in Plymouth's New Oakhill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests gifts in Justin's name be made to Kylah Nicole's College Assistance Fund, c/o 2508 Grier Circle, Evans, GA 30809. The Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, Plymouth, is assisting with arrangements. Notes of condolence may be sent to the family at www.johnson-danielson.com.
Published in South Bend Tribune on Nov. 11, 2009
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