Roger Allen Decker
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Roger Decker, 76, Alexandria, SD, died Monday, June 24, 2013 at Sanford Hospice in Sioux Falls.
Funeral services will be 10:30 am Friday, June 28 at First Baptist Church in Emery. Burial will be in the Emery Community Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-8:30 pm Thursday with a prayer service at 7:00 pm at the First Baptist Church. Arrangements are with the Hettinger-Bittner Funeral Chapel in Emery.
Roger Allen Decker was born on November 12, 1936 to Edwin and Mable (Janssen) Decker on his Grandpa Janssen's farm in McCook County. He attended grade school in the country and graduated from Emery High School in 1954. He received his teaching certificate and played basketball at Freeman Jr College. On February 14, 1958, he married LouEtta Bender. He taught country school for four years. A special learning experience was the year they taught together at the Rockport Colony School.
They farmed in the Emery-Alexandria area for over 50 years and spent many hours together with children Jay, Jon and Jody doing milking chores and fieldwork.
He attended Plum Creek and then First Baptist Church of Emery where he served on various committees and taught Sunday School as well as AWANA. He reffed both high school football and basketball, until losing his leg in a farm accident in 1984. Many years were spent on the Jasper township board as treasurer as well as maintainer operator and he was instrumental in getting Hanson Rural Water to the county. He loved playing softball in the Mitchell league and was a member of the Emery Saddle Club. He was an avid fan of his grandchildren's sport activities. Rog was known for his friendliness and wit; he enjoyed telling stories, making friends, visiting and helping others.
Grateful for having shared his life for over 55 years is his wife LouEtta, also left to cherish his memory are his three children: Jay (Lorie) Decker, Canistota; Jon Decker, Alexandria; and Jody (Dennis) Miller, Omaha; four grandchildren Tyler & Mason Decker and DJ & Dayla Miller; brothers: Donald (Alice), Dallas, OR; Alvin (Jeannie), Spearfish; sisters: Virginia (Myron) Weber, Spearfish; Karen Klock, Phoenix, AZ; Beverly (Leonard) Blue, Sioux Falls; brother-in-law, Gerald Wollman, Bridgewater; sisters-in-law: Iva Pfeifer, Phoenix, AZ; Trish Zwardt, Larchwood, IA; in-laws, Larry & JoAnn Bender, 35 nieces & nephews he loved teasing and close friends Glen Lubbers, Shane & Ryan Hoffman, and Marv Mowry.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Richard and David, and sister Vauneta Wollman.
Hettinger-Bittner Funeral Chapel
Main St Emery, SD 57332
Published in The Argus Leader on June 27, 2013