Ronald O. Decker, 76

Posted on February 6, 2013

Ronald O. “Ron” Decker, 76, of Bluffton, went to be with his Lord at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013.
Ron was born May 10, 1936, in Wells County, Indiana, to Dale and Myrtle (Brown) Decker. His parents preceded him in death.
Ron married Jane A. (Faulkner) Dec. 5, 1992, in Bluffton. His wife survives. 
Ron graduated from Lancaster High School in 1954.  He was a U.S. Army Veteran, having served as a Paratrooper and MP.  He served our country in Panama and Germany.
Following his military service, he attended Franklin College where he earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.  Later he earned a master’s degree from Ball State University.  His career included teaching in Arizona, Clarksville, and Bluffton.
He served both as a teacher and principal in Clarksville and Bluffton area schools including Columbian, Poplar Grove. and Bluffton’s Christian Community School.
He also served several years in the Superintendent’s office.
Ron retired from his teaching career to pursue his hobbies.  He loved fishing, playing cards, woodworking, and attending auctions.  He was an active member of the Markle Church of Christ.  He was also active in the community and was a former member of the VFW, American Legion, and bowling leagues. 
Despite how bad he felt or how bad things were going, Ron always had a smile and a comment that would make you laugh.  You always felt better after having been with Ron. 
Other survivors include two sons, Jon (Jari) Decker of Midland, Texas, and Mike (Sherry) Decker of Fort Wayne; a daughter, Nancy Staggs of Odessa, Texas; a stepson, Andrew “Andy” Ellis of Bluffton; a stepdaughter, Rebecca “Becky” Ellis of Brooklyn, N.Y.; two brothers, Dean (Carol) Decker of Richmond, Va., and, Don (Mary) Decker of Holland, Ohio; a sister, Rinda Robbins of San Diego, Calif.; and 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, John David Decker.
Calling hours are 1 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, at the Thoma/Rich, Chaney and Lemler Funeral Home.  A service celebrating Ron’s life will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home with Pastor Greg Comp and Dr. Bryson Bell officiating.  Burial will be at the Elm Grove Cemetery with full military honors by members of American Legion Post 111 and the United States Army Honor Guard.
Preferred memorials are to the American Cancer Society.
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