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John R. Decker
PORTLAND -- John R. Decker, 92, formerly of Rumford for many years, died peacefully at his residence at the Seaside Nursing Home in Portland on July 6, 2013.
John was a quiet spoken and dedicated man; to his family, work and religion. He was a kind and generous person who loved deeply and will be missed deeply by his family.
John and his late wife, Ruth had resided at 330 Washington St., Rumford for over 54 years in the house that John had designed and built for his family.
He was born in Bath on September 24, 1920 and was the son of Roscoe and Amelia (Ames) Decker. He graduated from Mexico High School Class of 1938 and from Wentworth Institute in Boston Class of 1943.
John served as a PFC in the US Army, 306th Depot Repair Squadron from 1943 to 1946.
John was employed as an engineer at Oxford Paper Company in Rumford for over 33 years until retirement from Boise Cascade in 1981 and then opened with his wife the “Decker Photo Service” in Rumford which they owned and operated until selling in 1987.
John was a member and served as a deacon of the Mexico Congregational Church in Mexico. He was a 71 Year Member of Blazing Star Lodge # 30, AF & AM where he had served as Treasurer.
He was a member of the Napoleon Ouellette Post # 24, American Legion, the AARP, and for several years had been active serving on the local Boy Scouting Board in Mexico and Rumford.
He was married in Rumford on June 2, 1951 to Ruth Sorensen, who died in Canton on September 17, 2009.
Survivors include daughter Jane Noman and husband, Noman Ahmad of Old Orchard Beach; son, Gary Decker of Tallahassee, FL; and grandson, Brandon McLamb of Old Orchard Beach.
He was predeceased by his parents, wife, and brother, Carl Decker.
A Memorial Service will be conducted at the convenience of the family. Interment will be at Farrington-Morton Cemetery, Mexico.
Those who desire, please send contributions to the family at: Mrs. Jane Noman, 1 Carll Ave., Apt. A, Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064 and the contributions will be given to religious charities in the Greater Portland area in his memory.