James “Jim” Decker Sr., age 71, of Avondale, PA, died Wednesday, October 10, 2018 surrounded by his family. He was the husband of Shirley Decker, with whom he spent 33 loving years.
Born in 1947 in West Grove, PA, he was the son of the late Warren Decker and Elva Schreiber. Jim graduated from Avon Grove High School in 1965 and soon after was drafted into the Army. While serving his country in the Vietnam War, he earned the Bronze Star for heroic actions and the Purple Heart. For several years after his discharge from the Army, Jim was employed as an auto and diesel mechanic. He then worked for Pennsbury Township on the road crew until his retirement.
Undoubtedly, Jim’s biggest passion, besides his family, was volunteering with the Avondale Fire Company, which he joined in 1965. During Jim’s 53 years with the company, he held numerous leadership positions in both the Executive and Fire Control divisions, including Assistant Chief and Chief for 16 years collectively. Jim was also instrumental in the creation of the Board of Directors for the company. His two sons, Jimmy and Mike, followed in their father’s footsteps, joining the fire company at early ages. Jim’s proudest moments were volunteering alongside them. Often, all three Decker’s were seen riding the first firetruck out of the station together. Jim is also a life member of the West Grove Fire Company, Hockessin Fire Company, and Chester County Fire Chiefs Association.
Jim is survived by his wife, Shirley; his two sons, James Decker, Jr. and wife Pam of Avondale, Michael Decker and wife Beth of Landenberg; and five grandchildren CJ, Sarah, and Jake Decker, and Joey and Andrew Decker. Jim also had seven step-children, MaryAnn Peters and husband Danny, Gus Brittingham and wife Pam, Michael Brittingham and wife Sheila, Jeffrey Brittingham and wife Diane, Patti Schrack and husband Albert, Debbie Chamberlain and husband Claude, and Andrew Brittingham and wife Brenda; as well as numerous step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren. Jim is also survived by one sister, Linda Springer. He was predeceased by one sister, Roberta Savage.
A Memorial Service will be held at the Avondale Fire Company, Station 23, 23 Firehouse Way, Avondale, PA 19311 on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 1:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim’s memory can be made to the Avondale Fire Company, 23 Firehouse Way, Avondale, PA 19311.
Avondale Fire Company
Memorial ServiceOctober 20, 2018 1:00PM Avondale Fire Company, Station 23
23 Firehouse Way
Avondale, PA 19311
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