2010-11-18 / Obituaries

Larry Decker

Chambersburg, 77

Larry Decker, 77, Chambersburg, died Saturday morning, November 13, 2010.

Born July 20, 1933, in Harrisonville, Pa., he was the son of the late Ed and Hazel (Brown) Decker.

He was a graduate of the Green Hill High School Class of 1951 and an honorably discharged U.S. Army veteran, with the majority of his service in Italy.

He and his wife, Helen (Stewart) Decker, were married on November 15, 1969.

He retired after 38 years of civil service employment at Letterkenny Army Depot.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Chambersburg, NARFE and AARP.

Beginning at age 5, he fulfilled a lifetime enjoyment playing gospel music on his mandolin. In his youth, he joined with childhood friends to form a music group and performed near his home in Harrisonville. He also performed on his mandolin during his U.S. Army assignment in Italy. During his adult years, he performed numerous volunteer concerts at convalescent homes and senior citizen centers as a member of the Mill Creek Trio in Chambersburg.

Larry was well known to all as an honest man and faithful husband. He was absolutely loved by everyone who had the honor to meet him. He often expressed his sincere appreciation for the generosity of his family and friends.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, Helen, are his brother, Archie Decker, and wife Pat of Harrisonville; brother-in-law Harold Johnson and wife Thelma (Stewart) of St Thomas; brotherin law Raymond Fahnestock and wife Peg (Stewart) of Chambersburg; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his sister, the late Alma (Decker) Shives.

At the family’s request, his nephew, Rev. Adam Leeper, will honor Larry by officiating the funeral service on Friday, November 19, 2010, at 10 a.m., in the chapel of Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 333 Falling Spring Rd., Chambersburg. The family will receive friends on Thursday, November 18, 2010, from 7-9 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Friday in the funeral home. Graveside services and burial will be held at Norland Cemetery in Chambersburg.

Memorial contributions may be given in his memory to the First United Methodist Church of Chambersburg. 225 South Second Street, Chambersburg, PA 17201.

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