Robert “Bob” E. Decker, 76, of Newtown, died at Danbury Hospital January 8. He was the husband of Connie (Henderson) Decker, to whom he was married for 53 years. He was born February 28, 1937, in Jersey City, N.J., son of Marie (Leeker) and Harold Decker.
Mr Decker worked as a systems engineer, and later as a consultant for IBM, for more than 37 years.
As a member of the Lions Club in Westerly, R.I., he enjoyed working with Habitat for Humanity. Mr Decker enjoyed boating and having friends and family gather at his home in Shelter Harbor, R.I. Friends and family could count on him to fix anything that needed to be repaired. He was never seen without his toolbox.
Mr Decker was a patient, kind, and gentle man who never had a bad word to speak about anyone. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family and teaching his 11 grandchildren.
Besides his wife, he leaves behind two sons, Ken Decker, and his wife Maureen, of Bethel and their children, Brett, Kenny, Julia, and Sean; Rob Decker, and his wife Lori, of Foxboro, Mass., and their children, Dan, Ellen, C.J., and Kevin; a son-in-law, Dennis Durbin of Jenkintown, Penn., and his children Maddi, Jack, and Will; his sister Ruth and her husband, Grover Estes, of Lyndhurst, N.J.; and many nieces and nephews. His parents; a daughter, Joanne Durbin; two brothers, William and Harold Decker; and a sister, Doris Galt, predeceased him.
A funeral service will take place at Trinity Episcopal Church, 36 Main Street, Newtown, Saturday, January 11, at 11 am. Burial will be held at a later date. Calling hours will be held at the church, Friday, January 10, from 4 to 7 pm.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Foundation, Joanne Decker, MD, Memorial Fund, Lockbox #1352, PO Box 8500, Philadelphia PA 19178-1352.
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