David Joseph Decker, born on March 14, 1957, passed away on about October 29, 2020. He is preceded in death by his parents, Larry Earl Decker and Polly Ann (Noble) Decker. David is survived by his son Richard Larry Decker, two sisters - Mary (Harold) Seager and Martha (Jeff) Weir, and his brother Joseph (Cathy) Decker. In addition are several nieces and nephews and grand nieces and grand nephews.
David wore many hats throughout his life. At the age of 17 he enlisted in the United States Navy and received an honorable discharge. During his service he was presented with the Admiral James H. Flatley Memorial Award. After leaving the service, David spent several years as a short order cook while he went back to school - eventually earning an associates degree in Psychology from Macomb Community College. After this, he transitioned into the Real Estate business becoming a successful Mortgage Broker. When the housing crisis occurred, David moved himself into home repairs and installations. He loved working with his hands and began doing wood craftsmanship as well. David also spent about 3 years as a Long-haul truck driver until 2015.
David moved back to Michigan in 2015 from Texas to be near his mother during her final year. In the last 4 years, he grew closer to his nephew Ian (Marissa) Seager who provided him with great comfort and support. At the time of his passing, David was living in Grand Rapids at the Westminster Meadows: Senior Housing and Apartment Community. The staff and residents of this community were supportive and caring and David made some good friends there. In particular is Mrs. Joy Kent whom I also got to meet while cleaning out David's personal effects. Joy reminded me of our mother. She spoke fondly of David and had appreciated his friendship.
Throughout his life, David faced many challenges. His family is grateful for the continued support and assistance he received from the U.S. Veterans Affairs Department. We are especially appreciative of the Lansing VOA Shelter now known as The Veteran's Housing Program Holy Cross Services. In lieu of flowers, it is suggested that any memorials in David's name be directed to them.
Veteran's Housing Program Holy Cross Services
430 N. Larch St.
Lansing, Mi 48912
Please indicate that monetary donations are to go to the VHP (On a check, put in Memo)
Due to COVID-19 there will not be any public services scheduled. It is planned that David's Cremains will be interred at the Riverside Cemetery in Albion, Mi along side his paternal grandparents. Military Funeral Honors will be requested.
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