Stanley O. Decker (1929 - 2012)

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INDEPENDENCE– Stanley O. Decker, 82, of Independence, died Tuesday evening, March 6, at the West Village Care Center, Independence.
Stanley was born on Dec. 16, 1929 in Hutsonville, Ill., the son of Joe and Ellen (Grahamm) Decker. When Stan was an infant his mother died and Stan moved to Independence, where he was raises by his Aunt and Uncle, Bill and Della Donahue. He was a 1948 graduate of the Independence High School. He served in the U.S. Army from Jan. 9, 1947, to his discharge on May 27, 1948. On April 3, 1949 he was married to Lula Rouse in Independence. Stan was employed as a butcher with Isham's Locker in Independence, hauled milk for the Independence Dairy, and owned Stan's Derby in Independence, and worked for the John Deere Company in Waterloo from 1965 till his retirement in 1990. In his retirement Stan drove school bus for the Independence Community Schools, and the Head Start Program. Following the death of his wife Lula in 1996 Stan was married to Debbie Ann Estill on Sept. 6, 1997.
He is survived by his loving wife Debbie Decker, two children; Sally (Wayne) Heiserman, Bloomfield and Paul Decker, Independence; five grandchildren, six great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild; a brother Jerry Donahue, Marina, Calif.; and a sister; Margie Thiltgen, Monterrey, Calif.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter Sue Decker; two sisters, Francis Hanson and Shirley Decker; and four brothers: Jim Donahue, Victor Decker, Von Decker, and Lonnie Decker.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church, Independence, with Dr. David Larson officiating, with burial in the Wilson Cemetery, Independence. Friends called from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Reiff Funeral Home & Crematory, Independence and from 9 a.m. til services Friday at the church. A military memorial service was held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
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Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Mar. 8 to Mar. 24, 2012