John Wyatt Decker
John Wyatt Decker, born April 21, 1959, in Evanston, Illinois, to the late H. Howard Decker and Engadine (Fletcher) Decker, passed away suddenly on July 23, 2021, in his favorite place in the entire world, Pentwater. We theorize this is because his in-life efforts to rid the public easement of nuisances was supbar to that he can offer in the afterlife.
Although he had a less than average lifespan, John most definitely did not live an average life.
He hated school but managed to graduate from Evanston Township High School and receive a bachelor's degree from Illinois State University in 1981. He held multiple positions throughout his life in engineering sales for more than 40 years, perhaps because ultimately he would have preferred to be a window washer, lumberjack, TV antenna repairman or grill refurbisher.
On May 28, 1983, John married his long-time love, Elizabeth (Betsy) May, whom he had known since the age of 16. They were married for more than 38 years and together raised two children, Kristopher and Eric.
John had some previous health issues that he was fortunate to survive. In his early 20s, he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma but defeated this and go on to live a very fruitful life.
John excelled at completing household projects, performing car repairs and developing his own creative solutions He was happiest in the tool shed, riding a road bike, driving his Honda S2000 (with the top down, of course) or sailing a butterfly. He had no less than 782,934 remote controls and prided himself on being able to solely install and uninstall an 823,479-pound dock annually. His dad jokes were renowned, as was his ability to laugh at said jokes. "Smell ya later," "I resemble that remark," "I hate it when that happens," and "Were you born in a barn?" were some of his coined phrases.
John loved anything free (especially if it was from the Big Store i.e. the dump) and his hair, and always kept a comb in his pocket to keep it lookin' good. Some of his favorite pastimes were telling people not to keep their boats at the public easement for extended periods of time ("the nuisances") and stoking a good fire. Most importantly, he never took himself too seriously and was always there for anyone who needed anything.
John was not one for sentiment or conventional religiosity but did attend, faithfully, the church of St. Menard's where, of course, he always looked forward to his 11 percent rebate.
John left behind a hell of a lot of paperwork. Which his family would like to thank him for… So, if you're looking for 35-year-old checks, please contact us.
He will be sorely missed and is survived by his wife Betsy, his children Kristopher (Antonia) and Eric (Alexandra), his granddaughter Mary Margaret, his mother Engadine, his brothers Scott (Leslie) and Todd, his sister Susan (John) Shields, multiple cousins, nieces and nephews and his Bass Lake family who were always there for him.
He is preceded in death by his father H. Howard Decker in 2006, his aunt Helen Egan Wyatt in the mid-1980s, his beloved dogs Dolly in 1984 and Bailey in 2006 and his tonsils and adenoids in 1971.
Everyone who remembers John is asked to celebrate his life in their own way. Raise a gin and tonic, tell a corny dad joke or change the oil in your car.
The family would like to thank the Riverton Volunteer Firefighters who were instrumental in providing closure to a terrible situation. In lieu of flowers, as John would have preferred your money go towards something with an engine, his family is asking for donations to support ""The John Decker Boat Fund"" be sent to Riverton Township Firefighters c/o Joe Cooper, 4622 S. Morton, Ludington, MI 49431.
Slumber sweetly, John.
Published by Ludington Daily News from Aug. 11 to Aug. 12, 2021.
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I just read in the recent ETHS Alumni Newsletter of John's death and am so very, very sorry. John and I always had a special connection in that we both had Hodgkins Lymphoma, mine when I was 17 and John a few years later, and we both survived it. My regards and condolences to Betsy and family.
Harry Eberts
November 24, 2021
I was shocked and saddened to hear about John. He was such a great guy. I always enjoyed talking to him every year at tax time. What a great obituary. My condolences to his family.
Laurie Sadowski
October 15, 2021
I am so sorry to hear this! Great obit! I could hear John's voice and spirit in your words and our dad's (Howie and Dick) influence on his life. What a special spirit that we were all lucky to have had in our lives. So many memories on Bass Lake! Hugs and prayers to all of you. I'm sure his legacy will live forever in your hearts and his advice in your heads.
Cori Jacobs Welbes
September 15, 2021
Todd Decker
August 19, 2021
Gin & Tonics on our patio by the outlet and Mom's laughter - his eyes always lit up. He is missed. The Blooms of Chicago and Bass Lake
The Blooms
August 15, 2021
Thanks for all the boat rides and bonfires, John. We all miss ya
Lucille Wright
August 13, 2021
I remember John at the transfer site he was a great guy always had a smile our condolences to the family
Edward Chase
August 13, 2021
The LaDuke Family
August 12, 2021
I have had the great privilege to live across the street from John, Betsy, and the Decker family in Lake Bluff, IL for 17 years. In reading this beautiful life story I feel like I´m meeting John all over again. John will be missed by so many here in town. He leaves a great legacy with his fantastic family.
Kathleen Reidy
August 12, 2021
John and I worked at Buehler together. 15 years there for me. I want to say I met him while working at the Mundelein Kmart in high school. I'm sorry for your loss. This story painted a great picture of him and his life. I am a member of St. Menards as well. Many prayers and hugs to the family.
Sandy Damrow
August 11, 2021
Dear Betsy & Family, your loving tribute made me laugh and cry all rolled together as you shared so well the fun memories of your beloved in all his corny glory. May sweet memories cushion the days and months to come and the love of the Lord Jesus wrap you in a comforter of love and peace. My husband Stephen and I are so sorry for your sudden loss and send our love in prayers for you.
Cathy (Desideri) Harvey
August 10, 2021
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