Ivan Eugene Decker
May 14, 1944 – January 19, 2019
Ivan Eugene Decker, 74, was born on May 14, 1944 in Oberlin, Kansas to Byron and Helen Decker and joined Jesus on January 19, 2019.
He graduated from Capitol Hill High School in 1962 and from Oklahoma State University in 1966. Ivan Decker was married to Nadene Decker just shy of 50 years. In his younger days he was a private pilot and loved to fly as well as ride his Triumph 1000 motorcycle across the country. Ivan owned his own auto repair shop for 36 years and never missed a day of work. His work ethic, integrity and dedication to provide for his family was passed down to his children and will always be remembered. Ivan was always known as the most patient and kind-hearted man, even in his last remaining years and loved by all who cared for him.
Ivan loved his kids wholeheartedly and was the most amazing father they could ever ask for. He always took his kids fishing, played games and read books to them every night. He taught Trevor to shoot snakes at the farm, brought Danielle flowers at every recital and took Nicolin on hikes. He taught his kids how to treat people with respect, follow Jesus, believe in themselves, work hard, be slow to anger, listen with their heart, love one another always and enjoy the golden oldies.
Ivan will always be known for his race walking days, classes he taught at church, his love for cats (many, many cats), books and car races. After he closed the auto repair shop he developed a new passion and became a private investigator. This gave him the blessing to work with his son Nicolin and a new avenue for storytelling. He worked nights at the Thunder practice facility, so he could spend his days with his beloved grandchildren taking them to McDonalds and sneaking in treats while watching hours of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.
Ivan is survived by his three children, his son Trevor Decker and wife Kathryn, his daughter Danielle Decker and his son Nicolin Decker and wife Mikasa; six grandchildren, Riley, Callie, Eva, Conrad, Giana and Marguerite; his sister Judy Owen and brothers Rick Decker and Robby Robertson. He was preceded in death by his Father, Byron, his Mother Helen and Stepfather Bud Robertson.
May you always walk in sunshine and God’s love around you flow, for the happiness you gave us, no one will ever know. It broke our hearts to lose you, but you did not go alone, a part of us went with you the day God called you home. A million times we needed you, a million times we’ve cried. If love could only have saved you, you never would have died. The Lord be with you and may you rest in peace.
- Graveside Service Wednesday, January 30, 2019