Billy Gene Decker, age 91, of Casey, Illinois passed away at 9:45 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, Mattoon, Illinois. He was born April 18, 1929 in Greenup, Illinois, the son of William E. Decker and Florence A. Roberts Decker. On August 10, 1951 he married Roberta May Kuhn in Marshall, Illinois.
Gene is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Roberta Decker of Casey, Illinois; son, William Steven Decker of Charleston, Illinois; four grandchildren, four great grandchildren and two step great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Chuck Decker; daughter, Deborah Vernon; brothers, Earnest, Everett, Donald “Max” and John Decker and sisters, Rosebud McElravy, Marian Decker and Janet Cooper.
Gene was a US Army Veteran and proudly served his country during the Korean War. He worked at Eastern Illinois University as a sub foreman for over 24 years. Gene was a member of the First Christian Church in Casey, Illinois and American Legion for over 50 years. Gene enjoyed playing dominos and cards and in the past used to square dance and ride his motorcycle.
Memorial service will be held at a later date.
Due to current social restrictions the graveside services in honor of Gene will be limited to immediate family at the Jack Oak Cemetery, Cumberland County, Illinois.
Memorial donations may be made to First Christian Church, 200 SE 8th St., Casey, IL 62420.
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