Charles L. Decker, of Sanborn, NY, passed away on Thursday, December 26, 2013, in Our Lady of Peace Nursing Care Residence, Lewiston, NY. He was born in Penn Yan, NY on February 5, 1924, a son of the late Claude and Lottie Mae (Houghtaling) Decker.
Mr. Decker graduated from The Academy in Penn Yan, NY. He served with the US Army Air Corps during World War II in the Pacific Theater, where he was a Staff Sergeant with 13th Bomber Command. After the war he moved to the Sanborn area and attended both the University of Pittsburgh and Niagara University. He became a superintendent with the Globar Division of Carborundum for over 15 years and later became an executive for Joe Anderson. Mr. Decker was a member of the Sanborn Fire Company and would have received his 50 Years of Service Award at this years installation, the Sanborn Fire Company Band where he was the manager and Drum Major, served as President of the Sanborn Lions Club, the Commander of the Sanborn American Legion Post 969. Mr. Decker served as trustee and Sunday school teacher of the Sanborn Baptist Church, treasurer of the Prince of Peace School and was President of St. Peter's Lutheran Church. He was 32nd Degree member of the Ransomville Masonic Lodge, the Buffalo Consistory and a member of the Niagara Lodge of Perfection Prince of Jerusalem. In May of 2002, Mr. Decker received the New York State Conspicuous Service Award from Governor George E. Pataki in honor of his bravery during World War II.
Mr. Decker is survived by his wife of 67 years, Corliss A. (Printup) Decker; a daughter, Gail Halim; five grandchildren, Aaron Faley, Alex (fiance, Christine Kreutinger), Kyle, Liam Anderson and Macy Mae Halim; a great-granddaughter, Alaska Anderson; also many nieces and nephews.
The family will be present on Thursday from 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM at the RHONEY FUNERAL HOME, 5893 Hoover Road, SANBORN, NY. Funeral Services will be held on Friday at 11:00 AM at St. Peter Lutheran Church - Walmore, 6168 Walmore Road, Sanborn, NY, with the Rev. Bruce M. Gamache officiating. Memorials may be made in his name to St. Peter's Lutheran Church. Interment with Military Honors in St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery, Town of Wheatfield, NY.
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