Memorial services celebrating John's life will be held at 10:30 a..m, Friday, October 31, 2008 at Holy Family Catholic Church, 714 N. Adams, Mason City. Rev. Jon Seda will officiate the service.
A time of gathering for family and friends will be held one hour prior to services at the church.
Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, Independence. The Mason City Memorial Association of the VFW and American Legion members will hold a flag folding ceremony with taps at the church following the service.
John was born on Feb. 4, 1921 in Mason City, the son of Frank and Rose "Palmer" Decker. His early years were spent in Mason City with his six siblings. He graduated from Mason City High School. His early interest in the Army became a life long commitment. He entered the Army in September 1940 in Mason City and honorably served his country until his discharge in October 1945 in Jacksonville, Florida. He served his country in Italy, France, and North Africa with the 133rd infantry regiment, 34th division. Following his discharge he joined the Army National Guard as a captain and remained a member of the service for a total of 25 years retiring as a Major. Five months after his discharge he was married to Betty Lou Howard on March 30, 1946 at Clear Lake. As a young married man he worked in tractor sales and service and lived in Mason City, Clear Lake, Forest City, and Hampton and finally settled in Independence in 1962. He lived there until his retirement in 1986 and then moved to Mason City in 1990 following his wife's death. On Aug. 2, 1991 he married Delores Kennelly in Stayton, Ore. John enjoyed dancing and was a member of the Grape Vine Twisters Dance Club.
John is survived by his wife, Delores; his children: Karen Hunziker and husband, Ken of Spencer Independence, Julie Sherrets and husband, Steve of Independence, Holly Staack of Eldon, Mo. and David (Brenda) Decker and wife Brenda of Hartley; step-children include: JoAnne Groos and husband, Jim of St. Charles, Mo., and Judy Yokiel and husband, Leo of Newton; one sister, Helen Reardon of Mason City; 13 grandchildren; six-great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren and two great step grandchildren.
Fullerton Funeral Home and Cremation Services of 123 2nd ST. SE, Mason City, is in charge of arrangements.