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Frances Joan Decker, 84, Jacksonville Beach, Florida, formerly of Logansport, passed away Wednesday, April 5, 2017, in the Baptist Medical Center Beaches in Jacksonville Beach, Florida.
Born April 22, 1932, in Logansport, she was the daughter of the late Raymond and Mary E. (Lew) Dempsey. On June 30, 1950, in Logansport, in the garden of her grandfather's home, she married Charles "Ed" Decker, who preceded her in death on June 23, 2007.
Joan was a longtime employee of RBM Manufacturing and then retired in 2006 from Hildebrandt Fishing Lures.
Joan was a graduate of Logansport High School and is a member of Cross-Wind United Methodist Church. She was a devoted wife and mother to her three children, supporting them in all their many activities while growing up. Joan enjoyed gardening, going to club activities, watching the hummingbirds from her window, but most of all she loved seeing and being with her family.
Surviving are two sons, Roy (Donna) Decker, Pendleton; Mark E. Decker, Fort Wayne; daughter, Cathy A. Healey, Jacksonville Beach, Florida; six grandchildren, Jamie (Jeremey) Chapman, Stephanie Decker, Michelle Decker, Shannon Healey, Kendall Healey and Royce (Mikaela) Decker; four great-grandchildren, Graham Chapman, Hardy Chapman, Easton Thompson and Ty Decker; two brothers, Jack Dempsey, Melbourne, Florida, and Dick Dempsey, Ashford, Alabama; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a son, Charles Decker; two brothers, Jerry and Bill Dempsey; and one sister, Doris Green.
A celebration of life will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13, at Gundrum Funeral Home with Pastor Aaron Gross officiating. Burial will be in the Mount Hope cemetery.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at the funeral home.
You may sign the guestbook and send online condolences at www.gundrumcares.com
Published on April 10, 2017
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