Howard Lake-Waverly Herald, July 23, 2001

Waverly senior to be honored at the Wright County Fair

By Lynda Jensen

Marvin Decker's endless efforts and willingness to serve the Waverly community will be honored at the afternoon program of the Wright County Fair, Friday, Aug. 3.

Decker, 76, was named runner up for the Wright County Outstanding Senior Man of the Year award.

Decker, who is a retired truck driver, lives with his wife, Tilly, in Waverly.

Marvin volunteered more than 100 hours with the Knights of Columbus building, about eight years ago, said Anna Hohag of the Waverly Senior Citizens. Hohag is the one who nominated Decker for his contributions to the Waverly community.

Decker is an active member of several organizations, including the Knights of Columbus and the Waverly Senior Citizens.

"He continues to mow the lawn, rake and help keep up the boulevard during the summer," Hohag said.

For three years, Decker helped cut and transport the Christmas trees from the Brainerd area to raise funds, she said.

For the past four years he has helped at the Winstock Festival at Winsted for volunteering for the weekend.

"He is a wonderful volunteer for the community of Waverly area," she said.

Decker serves on various committees and has served as their president for the Senior Citizens.

Decker also assists the Montrose Senior Citizens to raise funds.

Decker uses his own truck to haul used clothing every spring and fall to the McDonough House in St. Paul.

Decker served 24 years on the Waverly Volunteer Fire Department.

His church, St. Mary's, also benefits from his work, since he offers assistance there as well, she said.

"Marvin has helped with home-delivered meals over the past 10 years by being a volunteer driver for the meals when needed," Hohag said.

Decker also helps the DNR with Joe Woitalla Day for fourth graders at Waverly school.

"He helps the children with safety, throwing out the lines, helping to bait the hooks, and remove fish" Hohag said.

"As a matter of fact, Marvin loves to fish and share his catch with friends and neighbors," Hohag said.

Aside from this, Decker has a very large garden and shares his harvest with the seniors, which is very appreciated, Hohag said.

"He has always been a willing and cheerful helper by quietly helping out when asked or when he sees a need for his neighbor or community," she said.

Decker's is one of four Wright County seniors to be honored at the fair, including Jim Rudolph, Annandale, who was named outstanding senior man; Millie Vetsch, Monticello, who was named outstanding senior woman; and Sarah Varner, Buffalo, was named runner up for the outstanding senior woman.

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