Donald Leo Decker

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Donald Leo Decker

GARDENDALE - A celebration of the life of Donald Leo Decker will be at 2 pm, Mar. 19, at First Southern Baptist Church in Gardendale. Officiating will be Pastor Terry Easley, former pastor of FSBCG and family friend.

Mr. Decker was born Dec. 11, 1933, to Chester Leo and Jewel Marguerite Decker in Ewing, MO. He died at his home in Gardendale on Mar. 13, 2020.

He married the love of his life Patricia Lou Morgan on July 9, 1952. He served in the military from 1952 to 1962 and was a proud Korean War veteran. Following his military service, he and his wife spent several years farming in Clayton, IL.

While he was a successful farmer, he always said “the best crop he ever raised was his kids”. He had seven children, Debra Elizondo and Donna Hoffinan of Gardendale, David (Nancy) Decker of Stanton, Diane (Charles) Baucom of Las Cruces, NM, Darlene (Roger) Hahn of Odessa, Mona Ables of Lakewood, CO, and Michelle Abel of Gardendale.

Following his time on the farm, he moved to Gardendale, where he worked through retirement at General Tire and Rubber.

In addition to his children, he left behind 26 grandchildren, Cesar (Michelle) Elizondo, Amanda Rose, Donald (Stacey) Elizondo, Sheila (Chris) Davis, Jamie (Casey) O’Connell, Andrew Hoffinan, Louise (Jeff) Peters, Bobby Decker, Trisha Decker, Tasha Decker, Josh Decker, Crystal Elliott, Thomas Decker, Deana (Wil) Hille, Jacob (Dorian) Baucom, Thomas (Amanda) Baucom, Mona (Dillon) Lara, Dustin (Kara) Hahn, Rachel (Nathan) Chapman, Kayla (John) Roossinck, Amy (Aaron) McCarthy, Cody (Rosalinda) Ables, Ina (Nathan) Miller, Lauren (Alex) Alvarez, William (Sarah) Abel and Samuel Abel; 41 great grandchildren, Skye (Matt) Bowhay, Michael Martin, Samantha Martin, Cadence Elizondo, Max Elizondo, Parker Davis, Paxton Davis, Pace Davis, Justin Greene, Aniya O’Connell, Bentley O’Connell, Addison Peters, Carter Elliott, Holly Elliott, Mona Hille, Karson Hille, Donovan Baucom, Salem Baucom, Noah Baucom, Paige Lewis, Lake Neisen, Avri Warner, Brai Warner, June Lara, Elliott Lara, Kaden Hahn, Adeline Hahn, Etney Hahn, Denver Hahn, Elijah Chapman, Noah Chapman, Titus Chapman, Malachi Chapman, Luke Roossinck, Madison McCarthy, Landon McCarthy, Cristy Roque, Kayla Roque, Savana Roque, Eric Roque and Boston Miller; 2 great, great grandchildren Alli Bowhay and Madi Bowhay. He is also survived by his brother, Paul Dean Decker (Dorothy) in Quincy, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Barbara Langendorf.

He lived his life to the fullest. He had a fun sense of adventure that led him to moto-x racing, rattlesnake killing, joining a 4-wheel jeep club and parachuting out of planes. He will be remembered for his entrepreneurial spirit, his strong work ethic, his intense determination and his ability to love others making them feel cherished by him.

Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland. Online condolences can be made at www.npwelch.com.

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