William “Bill” Donald Decker, 89, of Florence, SC, passed away on Saturday, July 29, 2017. He was born in Shiloh, PA, a son of the late Milton Andrew Decker and Esther Metzel Decker. He is predeceased by, in addition to his parents, three brothers, Milton Mitzel Decker, Ray Ellis Decker and Milton Andrew Decker, and a grandchild, Andrew David Decker.
Bill joined the US Navy at age 17 where he met his best friend, Fred White. He went to Fred’s home in Florida where he met his wife, Norma, the love of his life. They were married in 1949 and had three children, David, Donna and Mary Jane. Bill attended Auburn University and became a mechanical engineer, which he enjoyed immensely and considered one of his major accomplishments. He loved woodworking, making furniture, building small houses and additions and helping his family and neighbors.
He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Norma Rutherford Decker; one son, William David Decker (Laura) of Hartsville; two daughters, Donna Kay Stafford and Mary Jane Goodson of Florence; a sister, Phyllis Arlene Byer and a brother, Gene Randall Decker; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, August 12, 2017, in the Florence Memorial Gardens Mausoleum Chapel.
Memorials may be made to McLeod Hospice House.
Florence Memorial Gardens Mausoleum Chapel
Saturday August 12th, 2017
3320 S. Cashua Drive
Florence, SC 29501
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Bill was like an Uncle to me and spoke often in his later years that it was due to my Dad, Fred White that he had such a wonderful family. He came home with my Dad after discharge from the U.S. Navy to DeFuniak Springs, Fl and met his future wife Norma. He also shared many times how proud he was of his 3 children and their accomplishments. He trusted in the Lord and found humor that he was carpenter.
Soar with the Angels ,Bill !
Rick and Judy White
Submitted by Rick White on Aug 12 2017 08:36:36 AM
My Daddy I miss you so much. You were the best father, daddy and friend to me. I know when you felt bad you still tried to smile so I wouldn't worry about you. I know you did worry a lot about me.I cherish every moment I got to spend with you when you were so sick and feel I was able to help you. I will never forget those showers they were tough but we could still laugh about later. I found out a lot about your youth we would laugh.Watching John Wayne movies and cupcake wars until 4 am. I am so glad I was with you when you took your last breath.The trees rustled like angels were taking you.I miss you so much. Your youngest daughter Mary Janet
Submitted by Mary Jane Goodson on Aug 5 2017 04:29:59 PM
To the Decker Family, I send you my deepest and most sincere condolences!!! I promised Mr. D that I would be his caregiver until the end of time and his time ended and I remained his caregiver!!! He made my caregiving so much more than a job because he gave me much wisdom in the 2 years I cared for him!!! I will miss him because I loved him more like a PaPa than a client!!! Mr. D sleep in peace and know that this DOLL will forever love and miss you!!!
Submitted by Carolyn W. Murphy on Aug 3 2017 09:54:21 AM
Richard and Jane Cheshire lit a candle for William Donald "Bill" Decker
Richard and Jane Cheshire lit a candle on Aug 1 2017 07:54:57 AM
Bill was an accomplished engineer, and talented furniture maker, my Father-in-law. He had the true Pennsylvania-Dutch work ethic, always working on a project or remodel(well into his eighties, until health slowed him down). He loved family,was proud of his children's accomplishments, but maybe even more proud of the grandchildren. He called us girls "Doll" and could have a softer side, especially if Auburn was having a winning season. We love you,will miss you, we will cherish the pieces you crated for each of us and our children. Until we meet again, give Drew the biggest hug, and all our love - Fly high- God Speed
Submitted by Laura Decker on Jul 31 2017 10:24:50 PM
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