BEAVER DAM — WL “Panhandle” Decker Jr., 76, of Beaver Dam, passed away Saturday, June 27, 2020, at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born Sept. 19, 1943, in Rockport to the late WL “Doug” Decker Sr. and Martha Shoulders Decker. He retired from Peabody Coal Company and enjoyed planning, designing and supervising the construction of new homes. He loved attending high school basketball games and golfing.
Aside from his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Michael “Doodle” Decker; one sister, Ethel Decker; and one nephew, Tommy Roop.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his wife of 57 years, Rita Decker, of Beaver Dam; two children, Greg (Vickie) Decker, of Beaver Dam, and Patty Kessinger, of Beaver Dam; four grandchildren, McKenzie Tichenor, Kirsten Kessinger, Dylan Decker and Gavin Kessinger; one great-granddaughter on the way, Vivienne Birchler; seven siblings, James “Wilkie” Decker, of Beaver Dam, Danny (Judy) Decker, of Rockport, Fonzo (Shelia) Decker, of Beaver Dam, Elizabeth “Sissy” (Kenny) Segers, of Rockport, Nancy “Beanie” (David) Roop, of Beaver Dam, Rod (Tina) Decker, of Rockport, and Chet (Teresa) Decker, of Cromwell; numerous nieces and nephews and one special great-niece, Gracie Bowen.
Private family services were held. Burial was in Sunnyside Cemetery in Beaver Dam.
The family requests expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to: WL “Panhandle” Decker Jr. Memorial Fund, c/o William L. Danks Funeral Home, P.O. Box 407, Beaver Dam, KY 42320.
Online condolences may be left for the family of WL “Panhandle” Decker Jr. by visiting his memorial tribute at www.danksfuneralhome.com.