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216 Walnut Street
Eddyville, IA 52553
Phone: 641-969-4313
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Jim  Decker

Jim Decker

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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. 

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  
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 8th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, July 8th, 2020 2:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Eddyville Funeral Chapel
    Address
    216 Walnut
    Eddyville, IA 52553
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  • Service

    Thursday, July 9th, 2020 | 10:30am
    When
    Thursday, July 9th, 2020 10:30am
    Location
    Eddyville Funeral Chapel
    Address
    216 Walnut
    Eddyville, IA 52553
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Susie Keller-McCain

Posted at 09:24pm
I’m so sorry to hear the news that Jim had passed. I wish I’d found out in time to attend his funeral. I will miss his smile.
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Shelly Spaur

Posted at 08:29am
Jim was just an amazing gentleman and I think because of that almost every memory that I have of him I could consider a favorite because they were always good. His jokes, his smile, his teasing, and even his seriousness was always something that my girls and I looked forward to. I guess if I need to pick one probably my favorite memory of Jim was when I made a post on Facebook about my oldest daughter being pregnant. It wasn’t even 20 seconds later I had a private message and then a video chat from Jim saying “ha ha ha you finally found out you’re going to be a grandma I see. Getting a little old aren’t you?”. My response was, finally find out? What do you mean by that? In typical Jim fashion he laughed and said well I’ve been trying to be quiet but I’d heard some rumblings around that there was gonna be a baby on the way and then just laughed like crazy. I know he was so proud of his granddaughters and loves them so much and he was so proud of his kids and loved his kids so much. It made him happy that I was finally going to get to know what it was like to be a grandparent. Jim then spent the rest of the next probably good week or two giving me directions on being a grandma, what it means, what I should do, how I should do it, what not to do and how not to do it in true Jim fashion. The other night Crystal and I were talking and I was telling her about talking to her dad and how he always told me after she left for Texas how very much he missed her, how he loved her and that he was so very proud of her. Until I was talking to Crystal about that, I didn’t realize that Jim wasn’t expressing those feelings and emotions to her as much as he probably should’ve been. So Crystal, I’ve told you a couple times this week already but I don’t want you to forget, not only was your daddy an amazing man but he loved you and your kids so much and he was so very very proud of you. Jim truly was one of a kind and I will miss him so much. I am so sorry, Crystal, Gloria, Amy, Tisha, Tara, Dariann and all the rest of the family. We are here for you always and we will get through this somehow together. Love you all and love you Jim we will miss you. Shelly Spaur and family
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Jeff Hileman

Posted at 02:55pm
Gloria, Crystal, Paul and Amy -
May God's Peace give you strength during this time. I worked with Jim in his Pella Corp years and will remember his smile and friendliness.
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CINDY ALBRIGHT

Posted at 04:18pm
YOU FOUGHT A GOOD FIGHT, JIM. I KNOW YOU ARE NOW RESTING IN THE ARMS OF JESUS AND YOU HAVE NO MORE PAIN OR SUFFERING. YOU WERE A GOOD MENTOR TO ME WHEN I WORKED AT PELLA CORP. I WILL NEVER FORGET THE TIME THAT I DUMPED 2 FULL BOXES OF SHORT BLOCKS AND YOU WERE THE ONLY ONE THAT HELPED ME PICK THEM UP. THAT ACT OF KINDNESS WILL ALWAYS STICK WITH ME. YOU WERE A GOOD MAN, JIM AND YOU WILL BE MISSED. R.I.P.
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Posted at 07:10am
You are in our prayers. Gregg Drije and family
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