Verle Decker

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Verle E. Decker, 90, Hollenberg, died July 8, 2017, at the Beatrice Community Hospital in Beatrice, Neb.He was born Oct. 4, 1926, at Hollenberg, the son of William and Anna (Elder) Decker.˛He attended Hollenberg schools and farmed with his father, until be-ing drafted into the U.S. Army, during World War II.˛He served from 1944 until being honorably discharged in 1946.˛ Mr. Decker earned the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with Bronze Star Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal, and Army of Occupation Medal. On Oct. 12, 1947, he married Ione June Hanenkrat at Tilla-mook, Ore.˛She died July 10, 2000. On Feb. 14, 2004, he married Glenda Kay Thorn of Beattie. Mr. Decker was a farmer, lumber inspector, dairy man, rural mail carrier, building contractor, insurance agent, sold headstones and for over 20 years was the book man at tractor shows across the country. Preceding him in death were his parents; wife, Ione Decker; children, Phillip Decker, John Decker, Susan Decker and Patti Schmitz; and siblings, June Decker, Virginia Wilson and Genevieve Hanson. Survivors include his wife, Glenda Decker; children, Douglas (Julie) Decker, Lincoln, Neb., Karen (Steve) Trem-blay, Washington, Nancy Byrd, Fairbury, Neb., Janet Merkle, Beat-tie, and Jim (Sheila) Deck-er, Wymore, Neb.; step-children, Paul Thorn, Lincoln, Neb., Tammy Fisher, Paola, and Sherry Hoffscheider, Utica, Neb.; 26 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, July 13, at Ward Funeral Home in Washington. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m., Friday, July 14, at Good Shep-herd Lutheran Church in Washington.˛Pastor Judy Hill will officiate.˛Sheila Ouellette is the organist and the congregation will sing “Amazing Grace” and “The Old Rugged Cross.” Pallbearers are Jason Crook, Mike Hoover, Trevor Kropp, Travis Reed, Darren Schmitz and Matt Schmitz.˛Honorary pallbearers are Terry Clay, Mike Clay, David Moser, Jason Sand and Jared Reed. Graveside funeral service will be at 1:45 p.m., Friday, at the Hollenberg City Cemetery. Military honors will be presented by the Hanover American Legion.˛Memorial may be made to the Hollenberg Cemetery and sent in care of Ward Funeral Home.

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