OBITUARY

David Charles Decker

July 20, 1948March 7, 2021

David Decker, dearly loved husband, father and grandfather went home to be with his Lord on March 7, 2021 due to a rapid decline in health after a Lyme infection in 2014, followed by a diagnosis of Lewy Body Dementia in 2015.

He was born on July 20, 1948 to Charles M. and Frances (Carleton) Decker in Bangor, Maine. David graduated from Milo High School and received a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Maine in Orono.

In 1971 David married Linda Gero, also of Milo. They moved to North Yarmouth where they raised their three children. David dearly loved his family and found great delight in the accomplishments of each of his adult children, their spouses and his five grandsons. He was employed by Insurance Services Offices as a Fire Protection Specialist for 43 years, retiring in May 2013.

David was a man of deep faith and had a passion for sharing and teaching the Word of God. He served as a deacon, adult Sunday school teacher, men's ministry leader, Boys Brigade leader and was a volunteer speaker at The Woods at Canco Chapel Services in Portland for several years. He and Linda also hosted many home Bible study groups. He was an avid reader and had accumulated an extensive personal library. For several years he was involved in collecting and distributing furniture and household items to refugee families who were resettling in the Portland area. He also assisted them in navigating through the legal system. He counted it a blessing and a privilege to serve those in need and made lifelong friendships during that time.

David enjoyed spending time with family and friends at the family camp in Vassalboro. He and Linda spent many summers kayaking on numerous lakes in Maine. They also traveled to several National Parks in the United States. One of their favorite kayaking trips was in Alaska with a full view of the Mendenhall Glacier. Hiking Mount Katahdin with family and friends was an event he looked forward to each year. During one trip David and his hiking companions assisted in the rescue of a hiker who had fallen several hundred feet and had to be airlifted off the mountain. He also enjoyed annual hunting and fishing trips with his dad, son, brother, nephew and cousin. In his younger years he played basketball, baseball, tennis, racquetball, was a runner and enjoyed water skiing.

He was predeceased by his parents and his older brother, Scott, to whom he was a stem cell donor. He was also predeceased by prematurely born granddaughter, Grace Elizabeth Adams. He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years; two daughters, Nichole and her husband Christopher Howell and Amy and her husband Benjamin Adams, all of Cumberland, Maine; son, Jason Decker and his wife Kimberly, of Northfield, Minnesota; five grandsons, Caleb, Aaron, Nathan, Andrew and Micah; two sisters, Sheila Perry and husband Jim, of Millinocket, Peggy Card and husband Chuck, of Raymond; sister-in-law Cindy Decker, of North Yarmouth and several cousins, nephews and nieces.

Our family is deeply grateful for the staff on the Millay unit at Sedgewood Commons in Falmouth and to the Compassus Hospice team who so compassionately and lovingly cared for David in the past four years. Their dedication to David and to our family made a very difficult situation much easier for us to endure. David was discharged from Sedgewood Commons on February 26th and spent his last days at home, surrounded by his loving family. He will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him.

Due to pandemic restrictions, a private service will be held on Saturday, March 13th, 2021, at 10:00AM. Please visit www.whitepinechurch.org to access the link to join the livestreaming of the service.

Burial will be at the Walnut Hill Cemetery in North Yarmouth in the Spring. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to ABBA, A Women’s Resource Center, 1250 Forest Avenue, Portland, Maine 04103 or White Pine Community Church, 94 Cumberland Road, North Yarmouth, Maine 04097.

  • FAMILY

  • Charles M. Decker, Father (deceased)
  • Frances (Carleton) Decker, Mother (deceased)
  • Linda (Gero) Decker, Wife
  • Nichole Howell (Christopher Howell), Daughter
  • Amy Adams (Benjamin Adams), Daughter
  • Jason Decker (Kimberly Decker), Son
  • Grace Elizabeth Adams, Granddaughter (deceased)
  • Caleb, Grandson
  • Aaron, Grandson
  • Nathan, Grandson
  • Micah, Grandson
  • Andrew, Grandson
  • Scott Decker, Brother (deceased)
  • Sheila Perry (Jim Perry), Sister
  • Peggy Card (Chuck Card), Sister
  • Cindy Decker, Sister-in-law
  • Sheila Perry (Jim Perry), Sister

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, March 13, 2021

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  • Spring Burial

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Memories

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Laura Ekstrom

March 21, 2021

What a loving tribute this is to David. To the whole family, I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you, Linda and David, for the love and kindness you’ve extended to our family. I cherish the memory of your visit to Virginia.

Joel Rogers

March 15, 2021

To Linda and the entire family of David Decker. While saddened to read of David's passing, his legacy will remain fresh in our hearts and minds for years to come. While reading the story of how he lived such a rich and fulfilling life as he connected with family, friends, those in need, God and nature; I feel privileged to have experienced this through his devoted family.
I will think of David often as I drive thru Vassaboro and Weber Pond on my way to my 63 year association with China Lake. Thank you to the Decker family for giving me your time and wisdom to help me better understand how to improve lives while we saw each other at Sedgewood. Sincerely, Joel.

Dave and Ellen DeLuca

March 14, 2021

Your family has always been special to us and Dave was always a good friend. I remember trying to find your house when Jason was laid up right about the time we arrived in the Portland area. Since our children were roughly the same ages we recall driving back and for to various youth activities. Our prayers are with you all

Ski Winter

March 14, 2021

David Decker was my cousin. Each and every summer out two families got together either at their house or our camp on Cold Stream Pond. What wonderful memories we have. Visiting the campsite on Cold Stream or on Jo Mary Lake. It was so much love and fun with this wonderful family.

I climbed Mt. Kahtadin once and the second time we made it halfway and decided it was too cloudy.

The picture I provided is of my last meeting with David. I thank Linda for allowing me to visit that day.

Alice Kinney

March 11, 2021

Linda and family. I am so sorry for your loss. David was always a good friend and classmate. What a joy it is to know that he knew the Lord and loved him so. Prayers are with you.

Alice Wharton Kinney

Eunice Preble

March 11, 2021

Linda and family sending love and prayers . May your memories help be a comfort, hold them close.
Eunice Brown Preble

Cecilia Stone

March 11, 2021

My love and prayers for your family. What a blessing to have known David and shared so many good memories of life at camp on Webber Pond.

Paula Dupont

March 10, 2021

My Sincere Condolences to Linda, Sheila, Peggy and all the family. David was a Wonderful, Dear Man who was loved by all who knew him. Many Wonderful memories growing up and spending lots of times at his childhood home and at M.H.S.. I will forever hold You in my heart. R.I.P. Dear Cousin.

Donald and Chris Martin

March 10, 2021

Linda, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May all your special memories bring you comfort.

Cynthia Stanley

March 10, 2021

Dear Linda, we are deeply saddened by the passing of David. Thinking of you and the family with love and prayers.

Cindy and Jeff Stanley

FROM THE FAMILY