Funeral service for Billy “Bill” Wayne Decker was December 2, 2020 at Wilson Mortuary Chapel, Salem, with Pastor Lyndell Decker officiating.
Music was provided by pianist, Carol Carmack, and soloists, Debbie Heck and Charlie Younger.
Interment was in Cedar Grove Cemetery with military honors.
Pallbearers were Ed Carmack, Jimmy Williams, Winferd Hutson, Adam Decker, Sean Cannefax and Eric Brokering. Honorary pallbearers were Jimmy Simpson, Paul Benson and Damian Ayers.
Mr. Decker was born December 18, 1930 in Salem to Jake and Mae (Medley) Decker. He married Julia Elizabeth “Betty” Lynch December 16, 1956. They were the parents of four children. Mr. Decker died November 26, 2020 in St. Louis at the age of 89 years.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Decker; son, Michael Decker and Kristina, Salem; daughter, Susan Decker-Key and Ken, Salem; brothers, Harold Decker and wife, Pat, St. Louis; and Jim Decker and wife, Imogene, Salem; sister, Erma Sue Gaddy, Salem; grandchildren, Ashley Decker; Adam Decker; Eric Brokering and wife, Crystal; Sean Cannefax; and Matt French; and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Preceding him in death were his daughter, Teresa French; infant daughter, Edna Rae Decker; and parents, Jake and Mae Decker.
Mr. Decker served in the United States Navy for 20 years. He earned the Good Conduct Medal, Navy Commendation Ribbon Bar, Korean Service United Nations, National Defense and Navy Occupation Service Medal with Asia Clasp. Mr. Decker was an active member at Walking Faith Ministries.