William J. Decker age 78 of Montague, New Jersey passed away Sunday, April 24, 2016 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on December 28, 1937 in Huguenot, NY, the son of Donald and Helen Dwyer Decker. Bill was a graduate of Port Jervis High School and was All DUSO participating in football, baseball and track. He was a member of the Deerpark Reformed Church in Port Jervis, a former Deacon and consistory member. He proudly served our country during the Korean War with the US Navy. Bill was an umpire and former coach for the Port Jervis Little League and a referee for JV Football. He was a member of the Port Jervis Lodge of Elks, #645 B.P.O.E. and a member of the Metaque Falls Hunting Club. Bill retired after many years of service from Verizon Telephone Co., in Port Jervis. In later years he worked as a real estate salesman for Resort Construction at Gold Key Lakes, PA. Bill was well known for his sweet corn and vegetables that he sold on River Road in Montague. A family statement read, “After a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease we lost our beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and brother. A great man who loved his family more than life itself. We always enjoyed his quick wit and charming sarcasm that will leave us all with lasting memories. He will be deeply missed but live forever in our hearts. Bill married the love of his life Lois A. Powers Decker, on December 2, 1961 who survives him at home. He is also survived by his daughter JoEllen Leeper and her husband Randy of Port Jervis, his son David Decker of Clarksville, Tenn., his sister, Denise Shay and her husband Carlton of Aston, PA, one sister in law Alice Jessen and her husband Charles Jessen, his beloved grandchildren, Randy Leeper, Jr. and his companion Megan Barber, Melissa Talmadge and her husband Michael, Bryan Leeper and his companion Ariel Stankewicz, Kyra, Gabrielle, and Ariel Decker, five great grandchildren, Cameron, Alabama, Mia, Max and Lexi, and one niece and several nephews. He was pre-deceased by his two children Jon David and James Alan Decker, and his sister Marilyn Decker. Visitation will be held Tuesday, April 26 from 2-4
and 7-9 PM
at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY.
Funeral services will be held 11 AM Wednesday April 27
at the Deerpark Reformed Church, Port Jervis, NY. Rev. Charles Jessen and Rev. Stephen Jessen will officiate. Interment will follow with military honors at Laurel Grove Cemetery, Port Jervis, NY. Memorial contributions may be made to Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 99 Sparta Avenue, Newton, NJ, 07860
or to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, NY, NY 10018
. Arrangements are by the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY.
For information, directions or to send a condolence note to the family visit knight-auchmoody.com.