Roger Allen Decker


November 12, 1936 - June 24, 2013


     Roger Allen Decker was born on November 12, 1936 to Edwin and Mable (Janssen) Decker on his Grandpa Janssen’s farm in McCook County.    He attended grade school in the country and graduated from Emery High School in 1954.  He received his teaching certificate and played basketball at Freeman Jr. College. On February 14, 1958, he married LouEtta Bender.  He taught country school for four years. A special learning experience was the year they taught together at the Rockport Colony School.

     They farmed in the Emery-Alexandria area for over fifty years and spent many hours together with children Jay, Jon and Jody doing milking chores and fieldwork.

     He attended Plum Creek and then First Baptist Church of Emery where he served on various committees and taught Sunday School as well as AWANA. He refereed both high school football and basketball, until losing his leg in a farm accident in 1984.  Many years were spent on the Jasper township board as treasurer as well as maintainer operator and he was instrumental in getting Hanson Rural Water to the county.  He loved playing softball in the Mitchell league and was a member of the Emery Saddle Club.   He was an avid fan of his grandchildren’s sport activities.  Rog was known for his friendliness and wit; he enjoyed telling stories, making friends, visiting and helping others. 

     Grateful for having shared his life for over fifty-five years is his wife, LouEtta, also left to cherish his memory are his three children: Jay (Lorie) Decker, Canistota; Jon Decker, Alexandria and Jody (Dennis) Miller, Omaha NE; four grandchildren: Tyler & Mason Decker and DJ & Dayla Miller; brothers: Donald (Alice), Dallas, OR; Alvin (Jeannie), Spearfish; sisters: Virginia (Myron) Weber, Spearfish; Karen Klock, Phoenix, AZ; Beverly (Leonard) Blue, Sioux Falls; brother-in-law, Gerald Wollman, Bridgewater; sisters-in-law: Iva Pfeifer, Phoenix, AZ; Trish Zwardt, Larchwood, IA; in-laws, Larry & JoAnn Bender, thirty-five nieces & nephews he loved teasing and close friends: Glen Lubbers, Shane & Ryan Hoffman and Marv Mowry. 

     He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Richard and David, and sister Vauneta Wollman.




Thursday, June 27, 2013
4:00 PM - 8:30 PM
First Baptist Church
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
Emery, South Dakota


Friday, June 28, 2013
10:30 AM
First Baptist Church
Emery, South Dakota


Emery Community Cemetery
Emery, South Dakota

Posted by Myron Weber on July 1, 2013
What a guy - we won't see another one like him in our lifetime !!
Posted by Jackson Family on June 29, 2013
We would like to express our deepest sympathy. We hope with the passage of time will help ease your sadness and leave you with fond memories to share and cherish close to your hearts.
( Isaiah 25:8)
Posted by Carrie (Bahmuller) Sheridan on June 28, 2013
LouEtta and family,
You have my deepest sympathy. May you continue to be uplifted by the Lord in the coming days.
Posted by Alan Zwart on June 27, 2013
LouEtta and family, Roger was a good man. I did not get to see him very often, but he was always a friend and always welcomed me into the Decker family and to his farm for family gatherings. I will miss him but I know he is very happy in Heaven now.
Posted by Stormi Decker on June 25, 2013
We are so sorry to lose another Decker, but we are so grateful for the good times we were able to share with him and his beautiful family. We are sending all our love and prayers for peace and comfort to all of you.
Posted by Al Decker on June 25, 2013
I will miss my big brother. He made lots of friends over the years, and was always there to lend a helping hand when needed. His farm was always a favorite for his nieces and nephews to come visit and ride horses or just experience the farm life for awhile. Like I said on the radio today, he is in a much better place now with our mom and dad and brothers and sister, but he will be greatly missed. Pray for his family during this time of grief. Uncle Al
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