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John Michael Decker

August 26, 1956December 20, 2020
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John Michael Decker, age 64, of Flatonia, Texas passed away on Sunday, December 20, 2020. John was born August 26, 1956 in Houston, Texas to Josephine Elizabeth Davies Decker and John William Decker.

John was a loving son, husband, father, brother, and friend to all of those who knew him. He always found a way to make those around him laugh with his jokes and his stories. There was always a lesson, a solution, a life perspective, and endless words of wisdom from him. He instilled his spirit of hard work in his children and those around him, preparing them and molding them to prosper in their own lives. He leaves behind a legacy that is more than just the stories, the instruction, or the provision, but the joy from every conversation we have shared and the smiles, chuckles, and the emotions that came with it.

John is survived by his wife, Diane Decker; mother Josephine Decker of Houston, Texas; Sons John Decker Jr. of Sugar Land, Texas, Alan Decker of Sugar Land, Texas and Stephen Decker of Flatonia, Texas; daughter Elizabeth Humphries (Christopher) of La Porte, Texas; brother Matthew Decker of Conroe, Texas; and sister Margie Huegel of Montgomery, Texas.

John was preceded in death by father John William Decker and sister, Marion Adams.

A visitation for John will be Sunday, December 27, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Smith Funeral Home in Flatonia, Texas. A funeral mass will be held Monday, December 28, 2020 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Praha, Texas at 10:00 AM officiated by Father Gabriel Maison. Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Praha, Texas, officiated by Father Gabriel Maison.

Serving as pallbearers are John Decker, Jr., Alan Decker, Stephen Decker, Christopher Humphries, Matthew Decker, Steven Wiedemann, Andrew Wiedemann and Austin Patton. Honorary pallbearers are Curtis Grigg and Roger Moreno.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.smithfuneralhomeflatonia.com for the Decker family.

Smith Funeral Home - 128 East 5th Street, Flatonia, Tx 78941 Phone #361-865-3311

  • FAMILY

  • Diane Decker, Wife
  • John William Decker, Father (deceased)
  • Josephine Elizabeth Davies Decker, Mother
  • John Decker Jr., Son
  • Alan Decker, Son
  • Stephen Decker, Son
  • Elizabeth Humphries (Christopher), Daughter
  • Matthew Decker, Brother
  • Margie Huegel, Sister
  • Marion Adams, Sister (deceased)
  • PALLBEARERS

  • John Decker, Jr., Pallbearer
  • Alan Decker, Pallbearer
  • Stephen Decker, Pallbearer
  • Christopher Humphries, Pallbearer
  • Matthew Decker, Pallbearer
  • Steven Wiedemann, Pallbearer
  • Andrew Wiedemann, Pallbearer
  • Austin Patton, Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, December 27, 2020

  • Funeral Mass

    Monday, December 28, 2020

  • Burial

    Monday, December 28, 2020

Memories

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Daniel Ontiveros

December 28, 2020

While I was never especially close with John, I have known him for nearly my entire life. In 20 years, he never once left me with a bad memory. He was always a joy to be around and anyone could see he was a kind and loving father. While his body may be gone, he will live on in hearts and minds of everyone that had the pleasure of knowing him.
Rest in peace, John.

ARTHUR JACKSON

December 28, 2020

My sincere condolences to the entire family.
I still have many fond memories of the gatherings with the Pauls back in the 1970's.
A few fishing and bay home building engagements down at Sargent and jamming with Matt and James Kelly in far SW Houston.
I lost touch with everyone when I moved to Ft. Worth in the late 70's, but those good memories will always remain.

Margie Huegel

December 26, 2020

For my Bubba, so many memories from early childhood to when I spoke to you last Saturday night in the hospital. It is hard to imagine you are really gone. From your dry wit to your sparkling blue eyes, just like Dad's, you will be greatly missed. I look forward to the day when we will see you again. Until then may you rest in peace.

Dick Davies

December 26, 2020

My memories of Mike go back to Almeda Plaza and the J.W. Deckers' first home to West U. and then the infamous Sargent bay house.
We also shared some great family Thanksgiving Days at Mike and Diane's Sugarland home as well as Marion's home on Lafayette , in Bellaire. Mike was quite the outdoor cook, and that was when the tales were told, and his penchant for joking revealed. ("To make a long story short")
He would weave an interesting (seemingly factual) story and at the end he would spring the joke - it was as if he had a fish on and was deciding how fast to reel it in - and then he would chuckle. He even did that to me during our last phone conversation.
The thing I admired most about Mike was his role as a father. He was amazing with his children,and set the gold standard for every loving parent. He was a great friend - I will miss him

Phil Gessner

December 25, 2020

As they say back in the ; I'll never forget hanging out at the house on university Blvd. Mike loved that black cutlass he had. When I joined the USMC he knew I had never fired a weapon of any kind, he took skeet shooting and gave me valuable gun safety. There are so many other memories that I that probably shouldn't share . Mike and his brother Matt are some my oldest friends. He will be greatly missed by all.

Michael & Anne Ontiveros

December 25, 2020

We were so very sorry to hear about your loss. There are no words that will help right now. Just take comfort from your family and friends during this very difficult time.
With our condolences,
Michael & Anne Ontiveros

Garrett Luft

December 24, 2020

His son steve is a friend of mine and our online group, going on about... over half a decade, nearly 8 or so years now. Myself and most of our group are from canada, so we're all far away. On behalf of us, i'd like to share a memory of one time Mr Decker decided to join our chat while steve was otherwise occupied momentarily. He came on the headset, mimicing our jokes and common phrases that he often heard through steve. We all had a good laugh, and on behalf of our group: "LeBlanc", condolences to the family.

Dennis and Elizabeth Hermis

December 24, 2020

Diane and family,
Our deepest sympathy on the passing of Mike. Prayers of Comfort Peace and Strength through this most difficult time. Blessings! May Mike Rest in Heaven.
Love,
Dennis and Elizabeth

Matthew Decker

December 24, 2020

Well Brother...I guess I’ll have to figure out how to do all those little things by myself now. You know...like how to clean the pilot light on the water heater...change a spark plug...install a fuel filter on a lawnmower...stuff like that. You won’t be at the other end of the phone.

I want to tell you how much I admire you. I remember the time you saved me from getting a beating from the school bully. I still don’t know how you found out...but I’m glad you showed up. I remember riding along with you when you bought your first brand new car. I learned a lesson about how to negotiate the price down by showing up with a pocketful of cash. I remember cruising the strip with you and Cousin Don in his van on weekends. Even though I was three years younger, you’d always invite me to ride along. I remember sitting on the floor at the Brody’s house, harmonizing with you to James Taylor while you played guitar for the King girls. I remember watching you shoot pool (you were so good at that)...hanging out at your first apartment...you dropping by whatever club I happened to be working at...helping me move into every place I’ve ever lived.

After Dad passed, you became my go-to guy for help and advice...whether I asked for it or not🤣
We didn’t always see eye to eye on things...and we fought on occasion...but I never doubted your love. I always knew that when things got rough, you’d be there...no matter what.

I will miss your dry, slightly bent sense of humor...your willingness to teach me things...your friendship...your unwavering support.
I’m lucky you are my brother...I love you.

Get some rest...you’ve earned it!

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Biography

. “Seeing is believing.” For many, those words simply represent a motto, but for John Michael Decker, it summarized in every way who he was. He was modest, quiet and observant, taking in everything around him and always thinking before acting. He was a realist, someone who was efficient and practical in everything he did. He was a friendly person who truly cared about those around him.

John was born on August 26, 1956, at St. Joseph Hospital in Houston, Texas. He was the son of John and Josephine Decker. Raised in Houston, Texas, he was brought up to be tolerant and trustworthy and as a child, he learned to be conscientious, responsible, and punctual. These were all traits that he would carry with him throughout his life.

As a young boy, John was always aware of how others around him felt and this quality served him well. With a deep capacity to tolerate the feelings of others, John was generally able to avoid conflicts. It seemed as if John was the family member who was always working to keep stress at bay, preferring a quiet environment where he could concentrate. John also had the ability to relate well with his family and friends. John was raised with his three siblings, he had an older sister Marion, a younger brother Matthew and a younger sister Margie. John was constantly involved in activities with his family. John and his siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up but they deeply cared for each other and shared many life experiences over the years.

Growing up, John was one of those children who didn’t need to be in the center of a whirlwind of activity, he was content to entertain himself. John was never pushy when it came to games and other activities, but rather he was able to enjoy the pure fun these could bring. In about just everything he did as a child; John was intent on pleasing both the adults and the other children around him. John took part in many activities as a child, he took part in playing football, and in his spare time he liked to play a guitar and sing. John's memorable achievements included.

John enjoyed learning and he always had a great memory and was particularly skilled at retaining factual information. John was generally quiet in class, learning best through observation and he often showed great concentration and was competent at completing the tasks at hand. Good with details, John was painstaking and accurate in his efforts. All of these talents culminated in a successful high school career. John enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite subjects and teachers.

Most folks would say that John was shy until they got to know him. Those who were privileged to know him well learned that he was a solid, good friend. John was reluctant to generalize about people, and he based his friendships on his personal experiences, because of this John best trusted those people that he truly knew. He was concerned about how those around him felt, and he always seemed to uncover the positive side of people. He could relate to others and had the ability to see their point of view, to “walk a mile in their shoes,” as the saying goes. The friends that he made, John kept. While growing up, some of his best friends were Dick Davies and Kevin Riley.

Love can’t be defined but must be experienced, that was so true for John. On June 10, 1989, John married Diane Wiedemann at St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church of Houston, Texas. He was undeniably committed to Diane and maintained traditional ideals about marriage. It was as if John naturally sensed his spouse’s needs, and accepted those feelings unconditionally. Although John disliked conflict, he did not take flight from discord, but rather sought to preserve harmony even during the most trying times.

John was a good father to his children. He had “old fashioned” parental values and could handle typical family conflicts in a fair and calm manner. Because he trusted emotions, John was reluctant to force issues and used gentle persuasion to resolve situations. In this way he seemed to radiate an aura of warmth and caring to those around him, always thinking before acting. In addition, John was a master planner, no matter how hectic life around him might be, he seemed to know and track everyone’s schedule. John was blessed with four children, one daughter Elizabeth, and three sons John, Alan, and Stephen.

If you gave John a deadline, he would meet it. At work, John was always on task and without hesitation, John could adhere to any assignment and see it through to its completion. His primary occupation was head shift supervisor. He was employed for 46 years at NRG and during that time, John excelled in working with small groups in order to complete assignments. He was able to quickly grasp concrete ideas and could organize and plan the best way to accomplish things with remarkable consistency. John was good at staying on track and was considerate in listening to what others had to say. In this way, John had a true gift for being able to come up with practical resolutions to difficult problems. He was often the team member who managed to put forth a ‘win-win’ solution for all parties.

John liked to experience things first hand, in addition to simply learning about them and this quality influenced John's choice of leisure time activities. A methodical and patient worker, John preferred to set aside uninterrupted time to work on his hobbies. His favorite pursuits were bowling. Hunting and playing guitar. John was content to sit quietly alone, enjoying his hobbies all by himself and could often be found just reading about his favorite pastimes.

While thorough and measured in his approach to things, John often liked to physically do things rather than just think about them. He was like that with sports. Recreational sports included bowling. He also enjoyed the statistical data and the facts behind the sports. In this way, he was something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite teams whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were baseball and football.

John was active in the community. He was practical and grounded and based his decisions on firsthand experience. He was responsible and liked working to achieve results rather than just chattering about possibilities. Politically, John was a supporter of the Republican Party.

An individual who respected and maintained traditional values, his faith was important to John. His compassion, consideration and sympathy toward others was evident in his personal beliefs. He was a member of the St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church for 33 years and St. Mary's Catholic Church for 4 years.

Anyone who traveled or went on vacation with John had smooth sailing. It was often taken for granted that he was the trip planner. He would start early and examine all of the possibilities, selecting the best and most effective options. Favorite vacations included Disney World.

John had black lab, who was his best friend for 15 years. His family was rounded out by his four dogs Barron, Zeke, Eddie and Cowlee, and one cat named Tom. John was as loyal to his pets as they were to him.

John passed away on December 20, 2020 at hospital in Sugarland, Texas from congestive heart failure. He is survived by mother-Josephine, brother-Matthew, sister-Margie, wife Diane and four children-Elizabeth, John, Alan, and Stephen. Services were held at St Mary's Catholic Church in Praha, Texas. John was laid to rest in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Praha, Texas.

It is said that some people can’t see the forest from the trees. John was able to focus on each individual tree, tending to its needs, thus making the forest stronger as a whole. John was a trustworthy, pragmatic and sympathetic person, the kind of man to whom everyone was drawn. He was thorough and practical. John Decker was very literal with his words. You always knew where you stood with John. He will be missed.