October 23, 1936 - September 19, 2021
Gerald Fredrick Decker passed away on September 19, 2021, at the age of 84, at McLaren Bay Region in Bay City. His battle with serious medical issues during the past several years showed his courage in facing life challenges with a smile. Despite the pain, Gerald continued to look to the future with positivity and is a hero who remained determined, strong and brave through his last breath. He was humorous, supportive, honorable, and most importantly a loyal husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. His was a life well lived and he was so dearly valued and loved. Gerald was born in Huron County on October 23rd, 1936, the son of the late Fredrick and Florence (Stroschien) Decker. He attended Pigeon High School, where he met the love of his life, the former Florence Diebel. Their 65 years together were blessed with one daughter, one granddaughter and countless memories. After graduation, the two high school sweethearts were united in marriage on February 28th, 1956. Gerald went on to serve his country honorably in the U.S. Army for 20 years. For many years, Gerald was a car salesman with both Dunlop Pontiac in Bay City, and later Mike Young Pontiac in Frankenmuth. After retirement, he was also employed by Monitor Sugar and McLaren Hospital. He enjoyed his time volunteering as a classroom aid in his granddaughter’s class at Hampton Elementary. Never one to be idle, he always enjoyed being involved. In his free time, Gerald enjoyed golfing, volunteering and was very active in his church, formerly Madison Ave. United Methodist Church, and later St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Essexville. He was a member of the Essexville-Hampton Lions Club and enjoyed volunteering with the soccer team at Garber High School. His kind and loving ways will forever live on in those of us who loved him. To carry on his legacy, Gerald leaves his loving wife, Florence Decker; daughter, Jennifer Warner (Edward Sims); granddaughter, Alyssa Warner (fiancée, Thomas Emery); sister, Janice (Thomas) Schafer; sister-in-law, Mary Dast, along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. In addition to his parents, Gerald was welcomed home to Heaven by his sister, Onalee Rapson and many in-laws. Private arrangements have been entrusted to Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 821 N. Pine Rd., between Ridge and Center. Gerald will be laid to rest in Chapel Hill Cemetery in Freeland, MI. Memorial contributions may be directed to the wishes of the family. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family online at www.skorupskis.com.
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