Dr. James Windsor Decker
A funeral service for Dr. James Windsor Decker, 78, will be 11 a.m. Monday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Spruce and Deseret Street, Minden. A viewing will begin at 10 a.m.
Dr. Decker died Feb. 21, 2007. He was born Aug. 30, 1928, in Minneapolis, Minn., to James Garfield and Helen Griselda Dowe Decker.
He married Eileen Jones Decker on Feb. 2 1990, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Minden. He was a resident of Minden for 28 years.
He was a graduate of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, earning a bachelors degree in 1950; and medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School.
He was a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, and assistant chief of medical service at Camp Irwin, Calif.
He did his internship at Los Angeles County General Hospital from 1954-1955 with residencies at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Department of Medicine in 1952; U.S. Army medical officer 1955-1957; Los Angeles County General Hospital resident physician in pathology from 1957-1961
He spent his working career as a medical doctor and pathologist. He was the director of laboratory at Carson-Tahoe Hospital in Carson City; director of laboratory Churchill Public Hospital, Fallon; director of laboratory at the Reno Medical Plaza.
Dr. Decker was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; the Lahontan Basin Medical Society; the American College of Pathology; the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and the Nevada Society of Pathologists.
He was also a member of the Nevada Stock Dog Club; the Nevada Farm Bureau; Carson Valley Little League Coach; Pop Warner Football Coach and girls soft ball coach. He was president of the Douglas High School Football Boosters and an avid booster of the University of Nevada Wolf Pack basketball team.
Dr. Decker was preceded by his step-brothers Richard Decker in Michigan and Robert Decker in Los Angeles.
He is survived by his wife, of Minden; daughter and son-in-law Helen E. and Vic Bagley of Reno; son and daughter-in-law Michael and Jaimie Decker of Eugene, Ore.; daughter Sarah Decker of Eugene; step-children Ken and Ashly Manke of Reno, Tamara and Tim Perko of Minden, Jacqueline and Roy Foster of Reno, Bill and Melissa Manke of Carson City; and 25 grandchildren.
Burial will take place at the Mottsville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center in Gardnerville.
Arrangements are in the care of Walton’s Funeral Home.