Joe Decker 1950 – 2022

Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Joe Decker 1950 – 2022

Joe Decker, age 71, died after a lengthy illness in Gridley, California, on Aug. 29, 2022. Joe was born Dec. 14, 1950 in Dillon, Montana, to Wayne and Margaret Decker and spent most of his youth in nearby Melrose. He joined the United States Navy after high school, serving from 1969 to 1973.

Joe married Rosalie Wehler in 1976, and together they had three children. The family followed employment opportunities from Conrad, Montana, to St. Martinville, Louisiana, to Colstrip, Montana, and eventually to Colusa, California, where Joe worked as a power plant maintenance mechanic for 25 years. Joe was well known for his sense of humor, remarkable work ethic, long stories, and love for his family. Throughout his illness, Joe was surrounded by those who cared for him, and in that care, Grace was both given and received. His children and family are extremely grateful to Ullrey Funeral Home, Sutter Hospice, and especially to Gridley Post Acute (Hovlid).

To honor Joe, his family asks that you share a little family history with your children, hug them tight – really tight (he was quite strong), and tell them that you love them.

Joe is survived by Rosy; his children Jarrod (Sam), Jolie Mc-Grath (Jon), Gideon (Sonja), and LaShanna Morales-Nimpfer; sisters Jonnie Jennings, Toni Helmer; his brothers Buck, Dennis, and Scott; and his grandchildren Adah, Luke, Joy, Edie, Magnolia, Tyler, Savannah, and Michael.

Wisdom 3:2-3. They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead; and their passing away an affliction and their going away from us, utter destruction. But, they are in Peace.

Family will be honoring him privately.