Robert Wayne "Bob" Decker, 91, Wooster, formerly of Newcomerstown, passed away Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at Brookdale Assisted Living in Wooster.
Robert was born in Salem Township, Tuscarawas County, on Dec. 30, 1921, a son of the late Henry Cleveland and Mildred Frances Riggle Decker.
He grew up on a small farm in Washington Township near Newcomerstown. Robert was a graduate of Port Washington High School, class of 1940.
Bob was employed from 1940 until 1943 by the former Heller Brothers Tool Company, Newcomerstown, as a file maker. He then enlisted in the Army and served as a sergeant with the 556th Battalion as a telephone operator, truck driver, and cook in the Rhineland, Ardennes Forest, and Central Europe during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1946 and returned to civilian life.
He then returned to his work at Heller Brothers where he retired as plant superintendent after 42 years. Bob then joined his family's antique business and also became an insurance agent for AAL Insurance. After one year, Bob returned to become a consultant for Heller Brothers Tool Company/Simonds Cutting Tools. This consulting position lead to a year of service in China. From there, he joined the International Executive Association where he contributed his time and talents to a third world company in Leon, Mexico.
Bob and his wife, Evelyn, enjoyed traveling to over 70 countries. Throughout his lifetime, he faithfully served his country and his church, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Newcomerstown, as a Sunday School teacher, a church counsel member, and several additional committee memberships. Bob was also active with the Buckhorn Grange, Salem Township, where he served as master.
For fun, he enjoyed hunting with his brothers and sons-in-law. Bob was known for his many talents, from building his own home, fixing his cars, and building furniture. He also did picture framing and worked with Evelyn in the ownership and operation of their antique business, Decker's Antiques, Salem Township. If something was broken, Bob could fix it.
In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his brothers and their wives, Lewis and June Decker and Henry E. "Gene" and Ethel Decker; and his sister, Treva Decker Dietrich Cotton and husband Robert Dietrich.
Bob is survived by his wife of 71 years, Evelyn L. Emler Decker, Wooster, whom he married on Feb. 6, 1942.
Bob is also survived by two daughters and a son, Barbara and husband Del Eggert of Rock Hill, S.C., Janice and husband John Elliott of Wooster, and Richard Decker of Lexington, Ky. There are also six grandsons, Justin and wife Kathleen Elliott of Auburn Hills, Mich., Damon Eggert of Rock Hill, S.C., Matthew and wife Marissa Decker of Austin, Texas, Todd and wife Amy Elliott of Columbus, Derek Eggert of Houston, Texas, and Jeff and wife Anna Decker of White Salmon, Wash. Also, there are two great-granddaughters, Renee Decker of White Salmon, Wash., and Delilah Decker of Austin, Texas.
Funeral services were Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, in the St. Paul Lutheran Church, Newcomerstown. Rev. Kenneth G. Hacker conducted the services. Burial followed in the Salem-Union Cemetery, Port Washington, where the Newcomerstown Veterans' Honor Guard conducted military graveside services.
The family is requesting that memorials be made in Bob's name to: St. Paul Lutheran Church, 121 S. College St., Newcomerstown, OH 43832; or Life Care Hospice of Greater Wayne County, 2525 Back Orrville Road, Wooster, OH 44691.
The Ourant Funeral Home in Newcomerstown is assisting the family.