Richard J. Decker

April 27, 1927January 27, 2014

Richard J. Decker, 86, of West Orange, passed away at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, on Tuesday, January 27, 2014. There will be a memorial gathering at the Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home of Livingston, 145 E. Mt. Pleasant Ave., on Saturday, February 1, 2014, 3-6 PM. The cremation was private.

Born in Newark, he lived there many years moving to West Orange eight years ago. He graduated from St. Benedicts Preparatory School in 1944 and remained a proud member of its Alumni Association. Richard received his business degree from Seton Hall University and retired as President of AIPSO, New York City in 1987.

Serving in the Army, he participated in both World War II and the Korean War and attained the rank of Second Lieutenant of Military Intelligence in 1950.

Surviving is his beloved wife, Carmen (La Rocca), his devoted children Richard J. and wife Theresa, Margaret Hauck, Mary Ellen Thiele, thirteen grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife, Margaret.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.


  • Memorial Gathering Saturday, February 1, 2014

Richard J. Decker

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July 18, 2014

My prayers are with Mr Decker; good friend and mentor.
Tom Higgins

February 5, 2014

Sorry to hear of Rich passing,my prayer are with family. I'm a first cousin who lost track of him. Dorothy Decker Carragino.

Candy Brewster

February 1, 2014

Mary/Maize - your dad was such a exemplary role model for us all in the human services field! and a great father on top of everything else. I am so glad that you, my good friend, were blessed with having such a great man as your dad.

Keith Hos Halacki

February 1, 2014

Peace,prayers and condolences from an
old friend.

Nora Shwide LeMorin

February 1, 2014

My deepest condolences to Carmen and the rest of your family. Dick was friends with my dad from as long as I could remember. He was one of the warmest, most fascinating and inspirational people I've ever known. I keep thinking what a full, useful life he lead, and how well he loved.

Karen Kubert

January 30, 2014

Mary, your dad was such a special person and a true volunteer. I relied on his expertise and wisdom, and he will be missed.

American Heart Association

January 30, 2014

May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.

Peter Detmering

January 29, 2014

So sorry to hear the news Rich and Terry. We will keep you and your family in our prayers.

Pam and Peter

Abby Shwide

January 29, 2014

Dick Decker was a very special human being and I will miss him very much. He was so compassionate about people from all kinds of backgrounds and fought for their rights.

He was my first boss in 1974 and I've known him most of my life. I loved him so much and his wife Carmen too.

My condolences to the whole family.

January 29, 2014

New him really only as a patient, along with Carmen but always admired the love he had for their relationship and for his family. They were very lucky to have found each other. I'm sure he'll be very missed by all. Sincerely, Phyllis (from the Coumadin Clinic)