Roger Allen Decker was born on November 12, 1936 to Edwin and Mable (Janssen) Decker on his Grandpa Janssen’s farm in McCook County. He attended grade school in the country and graduated from Emery High School in 1954. He received his teaching certificate and played basketball at Freeman Jr. College. On February 14, 1958, he married LouEtta Bender. He taught country school for four years. A special learning experience was the year they taught together at the Rockport Colony School.
They farmed in the Emery-Alexandria area for over fifty years and spent many hours together with children Jay, Jon and Jody doing milking chores and fieldwork.
He attended Plum Creek and then First Baptist Church of Emery where he served on various committees and taught Sunday School as well as AWANA. He refereed both high school football and basketball, until losing his leg in a farm accident in 1984. Many years were spent on the Jasper township board as treasurer as well as maintainer operator and he was instrumental in getting Hanson Rural Water to the county. He loved playing softball in the Mitchell league and was a member of the Emery Saddle Club. He was an avid fan of his grandchildren’s sport activities. Rog was known for his friendliness and wit; he enjoyed telling stories, making friends, visiting and helping others.
Grateful for having shared his life for over fifty-five years is his wife, LouEtta, also left to cherish his memory are his three children: Jay (Lorie) Decker, Canistota; Jon Decker, Alexandria and Jody (Dennis) Miller, Omaha NE; four grandchildren: Tyler & Mason Decker and DJ & Dayla Miller; brothers: Donald (Alice), Dallas, OR; Alvin (Jeannie), Spearfish; sisters: Virginia (Myron) Weber, Spearfish; Karen Klock, Phoenix, AZ; Beverly (Leonard) Blue, Sioux Falls; brother-in-law, Gerald Wollman, Bridgewater; sisters-in-law: Iva Pfeifer, Phoenix, AZ; Trish Zwardt, Larchwood, IA; in-laws, Larry & JoAnn Bender, thirty-five nieces & nephews he loved teasing and close friends: Glen Lubbers, Shane & Ryan Hoffman and Marv Mowry.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Richard and David, and sister Vauneta Wollman.