SUTHERLAND -- Delaware Lewis Decker, 79, died Saturday (Oct. 7, 2006), at the Sutherland Care Center.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in Company D, 30th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Division in Germany, being honorably discharged in November 1946. He received a Victory Medal and an Army of Occupation Medal.
He married Arlis J. Wilson on Dec. 24, 1950, in Wauneta, where they resided while he began working as a carpenter. The couple moved to Wallace, where he continued working as a carpenter for 17 years. For a time, he was a volunteer for the Wallace Fire Department. He also spent several years helping with Cub Scouts. In 1971, after moving to Sutherland, he built their home and later retired.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a great-grandson, Jonathan Dorwart.
Survivors include his wife, Arlis of Sutherland, a daughter; Debra and husband, Ronald Gaedke of North Platte; a son Michael L. and wife, Pamela Decker of Omaha; three brothers; Harold and wife, Sunya Decker of McCook, Dwayne and wife, Doris Decker of Citrus Heights, Calif., and Wilfred and wife, Linda Decker of Lincoln; a sister; Phyllis and husband, Richard Willerton of North Platte; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren
Funeral services will be Friday, 10:30 a.m., at the Presbyterian Church in Sutherland with the Rev. Del Cunningham officiating. Burial will be at Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell.
Visitation will be 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday at Carpenter Memorial Chapel.
Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com
Carpenter Memorial Chapel of North Platte is in charge of arrangements.