James “Jim” LeRoy Decker, age 68, of Eddyville passed away on July 4, 2020 at MercyOne Medical Center in Des Moines. He was born on October 28, 1951 to Joseph LeRoy West and Darlene Decker.
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He graduated from Sigourney High School, class of 1969, and then enlisted with the United States Army. He married Gloria Lewman on July 22, 1989 in Eddyville. He worked for Iowa Culvert Builders in Sigourney, and then Carter Steel, until spending twenty-seven years at Pella Corp until his retirement.
Jim was a jack of all trades, and a master of many. He enjoyed making everything pretty for Gloria. He also liked camping, working on cars, mowing his yard and hunting.
Jim is survived by his wife, Gloria of Eddyville; children, Crystal (Chris) Cockrell of Texas, Paul “J.R.” (Sara) Jennings of Oskaloosa, Amy (Todd) Hanus of Eddyville; 13 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren; siblings, Rodney (Peggy) West, Karen Sauer, Chuck (Cindy) Thomas all of Oskaloosa, Cindy Bracy of Des Moines, Richard Thomas of Oskaloosa, Diane Roebuck of Pella, Beth (Gary) McMurtry, Anita West, Gary (Regina) West, Joann (Frank) Cromeans, and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Darlene Decker Thomas; father, Joseph Leroy West; stepfather, George Thomas; and siblings, Mike West and Debbie Asher.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, July 9, 2020 at the Eddyville Funeral Chapel with Pastor Dan Visser officiating. Burial with military rites will follow in Highland Cemetery in Eddyville. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, opening to the public at 2:00 p.m., and Jim’s family will be present from 5-7 p.m., Wednesday evening at Eddyville Funeral Chapel. Memorials may be directed to the Traveling Military Wall. Online condolences may be left for the family at eddyvillefuneralchapel.com