Obituary: James Decker

James Decker, 60, died on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at Via Christi-St. Francis Hospice in Wichita, Kansas.

James was born on January 9, 1957 at Axtell Christian Hospital in Newton. He was the son of Harley and Carmelita (McMillan) Decker.

He was a graduate of Newton High School, Class of 1975. He was employed by many different companies but finished his career at Excel Industries where he was an assembly line worker. He was known by friends and coworkers as “Cookie”.

James enjoyed fishing, gardening, watching the History Channel and was a big fan of KU basketball and football. He was a handy man and made several woodworking projects. He recently restored the interior of his boat.

He is survived by his mother: Carmelita Decker Newton, Ks.; sister: Teresa Soyez Newton, Ks.; brothers: Ronald (Di Anne) Decker, Tracy (Wilma) Decker all from Newton, Ks.; five nephews: Shane (Jennifer) Saylor Wichita Ks., Christopher Decker Emporia, David (Veronica) Decker, Lawrence Esteven (Jenny) Decker Newton Ks, Justin (Alycia) Decker Peabody, Ks; niece Tania (Daily) Jensen Rosehill Ks.; ten great nephews and eight great nieces.

He was preceded in death by his father: Harley Dearth Decker; brother in law: Jon Soyez; grandparents: Angus and Clara McMillan and Edward and Manzanita Decker.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 17th at Petersen Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Ron Kite presiding. A public visitation is scheduled at Petersen Funeral Home, on Monday, January 16th from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. with the family present from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. to greet friends. Burial will follow the service at Greenwood Cemetery.

A memorial has been established for Harry Hynes Hospice of Newton.

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