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James Decker

James Lloyd Decker who was born July 29, 1934 in York, NE, to Lloyd and Marie (Lynch) Decker, quietly passed away in his sleep early in the morning on December 20, 2015. He was greeted in Heaven by his friends and family alike.

Jim was a very loving, caring, humble, trustworthy husband, father, friend, and businessman; we are saddened at his passing.

James was known by his friends and family as Jim. His Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 in Brookings, SD at 11:00 am at St. Thomas More Catholic Parish followed by a committal service at Greenwood Cemetery. The family will hold a vigil on Monday evening, December 28, 2015 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Rude's Funeral Home in Brookings, SD with a Liturgical Wake service beginning at 6:30 pm.

Jim was baptized in the Catholic faith and graduated high school from Holy Name High School in Omaha, NE. Jim also attended the University of California Los Angeles; graduating with a bachelor's degree in Business. Jim was also an all-state athlete in High School, playing basketball and lettering in football. While attending UCLA, Jim was the starting wingback on the 1954 team, which was voted national champions by UPI. He also kicked the winning field goal against Washington in 1955 to put the Bruins in the Rose Bowl. As an interesting fact, this is the game that is playing on the radio in the movie "Back to the Future II" causing great pride with his family every time the movie is played.

Jim was drafted by both the Los Angeles Rams and the Edmonton Canadians Canadian Football League team. Jim chose to sign with Edmonton, but suffered a career-ending knee injury in a preseason game.

On September 28, 2003, Jim was inducted into the Nebraska High School Hall of Fame as a sports pioneer. He was all-PAC 8 in both football and basketball.

He married his second wife Barbara (Ward) Frie in September of 1972. Shortly after moving his new family to Sioux Falls, SD in 1974, Jim embarked on a new career path in 1975. He became a very well respected and trusted single family dwelling home builder. He opened Decker Construction and built many homes that are in Sioux Falls and the surrounding areas in South Dakota. He was a member of the South Dakota Homebuilders Association for many years.

Jim is survived by his wife of 43 years Barbara (Ward) Decker; older brother, Robert "Bob" Decker; his three daughters, Kimberlee Decker Howard (Troy), Kathryn Frie, and Jami Decker; his two sons, Brian Decker (Diane) and Brad Decker (Laura); 13 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Jim was preceded in death by his mother, Marie (Lynch) Decker; his father, Lloyd Decker; his brother, Bill; sister, Mary-Ann and step son Deighv Frie-Perrin.



Published in The Argus Leader on Dec. 27, 2015
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