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Gary Decker

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Gary L. Decker age 70 of Lawler, died Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center in New Hampton. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 20, 2014, at Trinity Lutheran Church, New Hampton with Pastor Kevin Frey presiding. Interment will be at New Hampton City Cemetery with Zackary Rigel, Derek Rigel, Nickolas Brown, Raymond Winters, Les Winters, Steve Decker, Jeremy Van Horn and Ben Van Horn serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are Carrie Brown, Frank Wilson and Jackie Henderson. Friends may greet the family from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. Sunday, January 19, 2014, at Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home in New Hampton. Visitation continues an hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Gary Lee Decker was born April 23, 1943 in Postville, Iowa, the son of Harold and Mildred (Fish) Decker. Gary attended Waukon High School and graduated in 1962. After high school, Gary went to Cedar Falls to begin schooling to become a barber. On July 21, 1962 he married Bernice Van Horn. To this union three daughters were born, Denice, Lori and Patty. Gary started to work for Chick Leonard in Lawler after his schooling was complete. After several years of working for Chick’s barber shop, Gary purchased the business from him and renamed it Gary’s Barber Shop. He owned and operated the business for over 50 years. Gary enjoyed fishing at his cabin in Minnesota, camping, square dancing and ballroom dancing. He always took pleasure in watching sports, especially the Hawkeyes and Cubs. Gary was a hard worker and was constantly involved in the community. He was a firemen for the Lawler Fire Department for 38 years, acting as chief for several of those years. Gary drove bus for the Turkey Valley School District for over twenty years, was a charter member of the Lawler Lions Club, was an active member at Trinity Lutheran Church of New Hampton and was always looking for ways to help the community.Gary always cherished the time he spent with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren. Gary is survived by his three daughters, Denice Decker of Belle Plaine, IA, Lori (Bradley) Brown of Neveda, IA, Patty (Chris) Rigel of Lawler, IA; his special friend, Judy McIntosh of Decorah, IA; four grandchildren, Zackary Rigel, Carrie Brown, Derek Rigel, Nickolas Brown; one great-grandchild, Dawson; six in-laws, Wesley Winters, Sharon Decker, Neal (Nancy) Van Horn, Cheryl Moran, Karen (Joe) Hermann and Kevin (Christine) Van Horn. Gary was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Bernice in 2009; one brother, Robert Decker; one sister, Evelyn Winters.

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  1. Gary and I were first cousins and grew up together and were together most of our childhood days,we used to climb the Mulberry tree and eat them in his parents yard.We were not close as adults as our lives took different directions, but always enjoyed seeing and visiting with him at family functions.Great guy.Cletus Fish

  2. We always enjoyed Gary’s presence at family gatherings. He will always be remembered for his friendly smile and warm humor. What a great family guy! Ben & Eva Van Horn

  3. In the sixteen years we lived in Lawler, Gary and Bernice were our neighbors. They were good people, kind, and caring without being intrusive. They were the epitome of the small town neighbor, looking after those on their street. We enjoyed visiting with them and appreciated their kindness toward our children. They talked often and proudly of their children and their enthusiasm of camping in Minnesota. That was one of our shared interests. Gary will be missed. Pat and Cheryl Carolan and family

  4. Gary and Bernice have been friends of ours sense high school. And we remember all the times that we have spent with them. and we well miss him dearly. Wish we could be there for all of you. Jim and Sharon Boland

  5. remembering back when i was young and my family and the Decker family went camping just about every weekend. Gary and Bernice where like second parents to use when we were growing up. he was always in good humor with all of us kids running around. was the king fisherman. thoughts and prayers to all. well be thinking of you on Monday. Joan Burgart

  6. I just saw the post for your dad! I am so sorry to hear of his passing. I remember many nights spent at the house in Lawler with Patty.. He was a very special man that never really yelled at us a whole lot. I am sure he will be missed by many. Big hugs to you all. Sandy Brummond

  7. Always remember Gary’s smile and willingness to help out town, families, school, organizations whenever needed. This is quite a shock but we must always know that the Good Lord has us in the palm of his hand and will always be there for us. Our sympathy to Gary’s family.

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