Michael James Decker, 58, Port Washington, passed away suddenly at his Port Washington residence on Thursday morning, Jan. 23, 2014, following an extended illness.
Michael was born Nov. 20, 1955, in Philadelphia, Pa., and is survived by his mother, Doris M. Firn Bair, Port Washington.
He was preceded in death by his step father, Richard Eugene "Dick" Bair, Port Washington, who died in 2011.
He was a graduate of Cardinal Dougherty High School, Philadelphia.
Michael was employed as an assembler at 31 Inc., Newcomerstown, for several years. He also worked at Carter Lumber, Millersburg, for a few years. Michael enjoyed playing pool and was a proud member of the Lamplighter Inn, Port Washington, Monday Night Pool League, also known as The Tuscarawas County Tavern Pool League.
He also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, playing cards, and listening to classic rock and roll music. He was also known in the Glasgow community for creating huge bon fires and inviting friends and neighbors to his residence to view the bon fires.
He was also an avid Dallas Cowboys fan.
In addition to his step-father, Michael was also preceded in death by a daughter, Michelle Decker, Philadelphia; his father-in-law, Stanley Morrison, Port Washington; and a brother-in-law, Donnie Morrison, Mt. Vernon.
Michael is survived by his wife, Alesia E. "Lisa" Morrison Decker, Port Washington, whom he married on July 8, 1986. Also surviving are his two daughters, Amber M. Decker, Gnadenhutten, and Ashley L. Decker, Port Washington, and her companion, Bryan Stahl, Newcomerstown; and a granddaughter, Alexa J. Schuler, Gnadenhutten. Also surviving to cherish his memories are his brother and wife, James M. and Cathy Decker, Philadelphia; his sister and her husband, Doris and Dave Brotschul, Philadelphia; his mother-in-law, Judy R. Jones, Newcomerstown; his sister-in-law, Kay Morrison, Port Washington; two brothers-in-law, Lonnie Thornton and Scott Morrison, both of Newcomerstown; a special niece, Samantha Thornton, Newcomerstown; and numerous nieces and nephews.
To honor Michael's wishes, his remains are to be cremated.
No visiting hours or services will be observed at this time.
A large gathering of his family and friends will be held later this year at his residence.
A huge bon fire will be created at that time to honor Michael's memory. Michael's family is suggesting that memorials can be made in Michael's name to an individual's favorite charity.
The Ourant Funeral Home in Newcomerstown is assisting the family with all arrangements.