Otto Truman Decker

Otto Truman Decker, 82, son of Sherman Richard and Susie Alcinda (Jones) Decker, was born March 28, 1928, in Ashmore, Ill. He passed away on April 25, 2010, in the Texas County Memorial Hospital, Houston, Mo.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Henry Alan Decker and Richard Ray Decker; two sisters, Susan Decker Rutan and Cevera Decker McCord; one grandson, Zachary David Decker; and one great-grandson, Justin Esplin.

He is survived by his wife, Clara; five sons, Terry Decker and wife, Melanie, of Perry, Utah, John Decker of Houston, Mo., Dennis Decker and wife, Jean, of Harrisville, Utah, Russell Decker of Lucerne Valley, Calif., and Bruce Decker of Lucerne Valley, Calif.; one daughter, Cheryl Voyles and husband, Lee, of Walnut, Miss.; one brother, Oliver Dean Decker and wife, Lois of Indianapolis, Ind.; one sister, Bonnie Evans of Charleston, Ill.; 15 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Otto grew up in Charleston, Ill., graduating from Charleston High School in 1946. He attended DeVry Institute of Technology in Chicago, Ill.

He entered the U.S. Army on Dec. 7, 1950 and was discharged Dec. 8, 1952. He served during the Korean War.

He married Clara Hood on February 28, 1954.

Otto worked for Northrup and was involved with the Ranger Program, the Hubble Space Telescope project, the SR71, C5A project, the Bell Helicopter systems and cruise missile projects.

In 1984 he retired and in 1985, he and Clara made the move to the Missouri Ozarks.

Otto made many friends with his music, making many tapes for them to listen to and enjoy. He loved to tell stories of his life and Army experiences. Most of all, he loved his children and grandchildren and thought the world of them.

Services were 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, at Evans Funeral Home with Pastor Terry Eden officiating. Burial was in Ozark Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society or American Legion. Online condolences may be sent to      

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