John C Decker

July 19, 1941March 11, 2019

John C. Decker, 77, of Davenport, passed away March 11, 2019, at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House after a long but courageous battle with ALS. A memorial service will be held Friday, March 22 at 1p.m. at Weerts Funeral Home, 3625 Jersey Ridge Road. Visitation will be Thursday, March 21 from 4-7 p.m. at Weerts Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials in John’s name may be made to the ALS Association or to a local charity of choice.

John was born July 19, 1941, to Dr. C. E. Decker and Louise (Farmer) Decker in Davenport, Iowa. On August 12, 1966, he married Sue Moeller. John earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Lawrence University in 1963 and his MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in 1965. John was an executive at Iowa-Illinois Gas and Electric Company for over 25 years before he retired. John was an avid cook, and he loved to create elaborate meals (especially Thanksgiving dinner) for his family and friends. He also loved traveling, reading, music, and, despite their occasional protests, taking his children to the theater.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Sue; children: John (Janet) Decker Jr., Ed (Courtney) Decker, and Katy Decker; grandchildren: Ellie, Evan, and Ryan Decker; brother Lee Decker; and several nieces and nephews. He also surrounded himself with many wonderful, caring friends throughout his life. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Richard Decker.

The family would like to thank the staff at Clarissa C. Cook for their care and compassion.


  • Visitation Thursday, March 21, 2019
  • Memorial Service Friday, March 22, 2019

John C Decker

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Karen Utroska Wallace

March 20, 2019

I worked with John at Iowa-Illinois Gas & Electric before the company was sold. I found John to be a great man, kind, bright with a dry sense of humor. All of us that worked in the Treasury Dept. enjoyed him. I am so sorry for his passing, but my husband had ALS also, and I know first hand how horrible the disease is. In thinking about John I have fond memories. Best wishes to the entire family....

Frank Sauser

March 18, 2019

I knew John only through seeing him at our Iowa ALS Support Group. John offered much to us with his humor and obvious strength and determination to continue living despite his disease. As a fellow traveler, John inspired me by demonstrating life participation while afflicted with tremendous afflictions and impairments. I will miss seeing John. No doubt John now enjoying his eternal reward that he deserves.

Kathy Todd

March 17, 2019

I worked with John at the book store. He was very fun to work with. I moved to Ohio but kept in touch on Facebook. We were political rivals but always remained friends. He will be missed by a lot of friends.