DES MOINES - Kent C. Decker passed away Wednesday, May 15, 2013 with family at his side, after a courageous battle with mantle cell lymphoma cancer.
Kent was born on Aug. 9, 1947 in Winthrop, Iowa to Max and Eunice (Franck) Decker. He grew up on the family dairy farm with his thirteen brothers and sisters.
Kent was a veteran in the Vietnam War
having served his country proudly in the United States Army
. He built and operated Decker Accounting and Tax Service for over 30 years and also was a Polk County Clerk of Court Accounting Supervisor for 28 years. Kent loved golfing, working in the outdoors, the San Francisco Giants, the Chicago Bears, Ohio State and western movies. He raised and showed Boston Terriers and was a member of the Hawkeye Boston Terrier Club. Most recently he loved to spend the winters in Sun Lakes, Arizona with his wife.
Those left to mourn Kent's passing are his wife Cindi; his children, Ashlee Levang and Casey (Karen) Decker; four granddaughters; 10 siblings, Judd Decker, Independence, Katha (Decker) Williams, Waterloo, Robert Decker, Manchester, Judy (Decker) Hayes, Ankeny, Diane (Decker) Schuler, Jesup, Roger Decker, Winthrop, Cheryl Decker, Winthrop, Brenda (Decker) Beierschmitt, Jesup, Dawn Decker, Ankeny and Craig Decker, Winthrop, and a host of other loving family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Duane and Bruce Decker, and a sister Carol Decker.
Family will greet friends from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at Hamilton's Southtown Funeral Home, 5400 SW 9th Street, with a vigil to begin at 5 p.m.
Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 20 at Christ the King Catholic Church with a 12:30 p.m. burial at Iowa Veteran Cemetery in Van Meter.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lymphoma
Condolences may be expressed at: www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com