Robert D. Decker

Robert D. Decker
Obituary 9-2-2011
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Decker, Robert D. Left this earth on August 30, 2011, at the age of 88 years. Loving husband of the late Audrey (O’Connor). Beloved father of Linda Saladin (Jim) and Bobby. Preceded in death by his cherished parents Clarence and Mabel, siblings Ray, Howard, Lyndon and Clarice, nephews Ray Jr. and David and brother-in-law Gordon. Bob began his life in Crookston, MN and moved to Superior, WI, as a child. He attended McCaskill Jr. High School and Central High School in Superior. McCaskill was associated with Superior State Teacher’s College and he was taught by student teachers. This experience solidified his desire to become a teacher himself. He began classes at UW-Superior in September 1941 but his education was cut short by WWII. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in October 1942 and received his Pilot training in PT-19s, BT-13s and AT-6s. He then attended radio school and gunnery school and was assigned to the 3rd Wea.Recon.Sqdn flying over the Atlantic and Pacific. He was honorably discharged as a Sergeant in February, 1946. He then returned to school and graduated with honors in Biology and History. He also attended UW-Madison and graduated with an Education and Administration degree. Bob began his 44 year career working as an educator at South Shore H.S. in Port Wing, WI in January 1948 teaching History and Biology classes. In September 1954 he moved to West Allis teaching History at Central H.S. In February 1956, Bob was appointed by Gov. Kohler to a position on the Menominee Indian Reservation. He was a teacher of Science and Physical Education In the High School but his primary responsibility was teaching the Menominee adults about American government, reading, math and about the termination of federal control of the tribe. It was at this time that Bob met his “Indian princess” Audrey who worked for the Federal Court. They married in 1958 and in 1959 moved to Bruce, WI where Bob was made Superintendent. This took Bob too far away from teaching and students so in 1960, Bob took a job as Principal at Lane Jr. High School in West Allis. He loved this job as it got him back in classrooms, he could sub for teachers who were out, and he developed a strong and involved staff. In 1972, Bob accepted the position of Asst. Principal/Athletic Director at West Milwaukee High School He retired from WeMiHi in June, 1982. After a couple years of retirement, Bob joined MATC as an evening school Supervisor for 9 years and ended his career as a volunteer at Underwood Elementary working with 2nd graders on reading and math skills. Bob was a great educator to his core. Bob was a kind, compassionate, highly intelligent man of great integrity and generosity. He will be dearly missed by his family, friends and peers. The family would like to extend its heartfelt thanks to the doctors and nurses who cared for Bob at Waukesha Memorial and at Zilber Family Hospice. We would also like to thank Bob’s special caretakers, Dave, Eric and Leigh. You brought joy and compassion to his life. Visitation Friday, September 2, 2011, at WISCONSIN MEMORIAL PARK CHAPEL OF THE CHIMES, 13835 W. Capitol Drive, Brookfield, from 4 PM to 7 PM and on Saturday, September 3, 2011, at PEACE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 12860 W. North Avenue, Brookfield, from 9 AM until the funeral services at 10 AM. Entombment at Wisconsin Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Wisconsin Humane Society or the Hunger Taskforce. CHURCH AND CHAPEL (262)827-0659 Obit – Condolences – Directions www.churchandchapel.com