Clarence P. Decker 1920-2017
Clarence P. Decker
Clarence P. Decker, age 96, of Colby, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 at Dycora Transitional Health in Abbotsford.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 2, at St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Parish in Colby with Father Peter Manickam and Father Tim Oudenhoven officiating. Interment followed at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery with military honors provided by the Colby VFW Post #2227. Family and friends were welcomed from 4 until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1 at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford and from 10 a.m. until the time of service Thursday at the church.
Clarence was born on May 12, 1920 in Dorchester, the son of Peter and Kryzence (Heigl) Decker. He attended Dorchester schools. Clarence enlisted in the US Army in 1941 and was part of the 1st Armored Division, 81st Reconnaissance Division, Company B. He was in Morocco and eventually Sicily where he was injured. Clarence was sent stateside and was discharged from Ft. Smith in Arkansas, where he met his wife, Wanda Gregory. They were united in marriage on July 6, 1945 at Fort Smith. They moved back to Colby in 1955 and he worked at Kreoplin Buick Garage in Colby. Clarence retired from Schjoneman Truck and Trailer in 1983.
Clarence was a member of St. Mary Parish and past commander of the VFW Post #2227. He was an avid gardener, enjoyed camping, cooking over an open fire and even took up deer hunting at the age of 80. His favorite passions were fly fishing and telling stories about WWII. Clarence was even honored to have been chosen for the Honor Flight in 2011.
Clarence is survived by his son, James (Dana) Decker of Colby; grandchildren, Lukas and Emma Decker, and Timothy Schmidt; and great-granddaughter, Alivia Schmidt.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Wanda on May 17, 2008; and nine brothers and sisters, George, James, Frank, Olivia, Charlotte, Tillie, Rose, and twins born stillborn.
The Decker family would like to thank the Dycora Transitional Health staff for the care that went above and beyond their expectations of Clarence.
Family and friends may express condolences online at www.maurinaschilling.com