Marvin Decker, 95

Marvin Patrick Decker passed away Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, at the age of 95.

A Mass of Christian burial for Marvin Decker will take place Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly. Father Kenneth O’Hotto will be the Celebrant for the Mass.

Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Waverly.

A visitation will take place Monday, Nov. 22 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the church.

A Knights of Columbus Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Further visitation will take place Tuesday, Nov. 23 from 9 to 10:15 a.m. at the church.

Casket bearers will be Wayne Decker, Greg Decker, Jerry Decker, Travis Rassat, Rebecca (Rassat) Whiteman, Kellie Frey, Katy Decker, Andy Decker, and Bridget Decker.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to www.thepetersonchaple.com.

Marvin Patrick Decker was born Dec. 18, 1925, to Isadore and Elizabeth Decker of Waverly, MN.

He was unable to serve his country due to multiple bouts of rheumatic fever as a young adult.

Until he moved to Assisted Living in Buffalo, his address was always Waverly, and he was a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Parish.

Marvin attended daily Mass after he retired. When the church was renovated a couple of years ago, they found that the floor beneath his pew was worn where his feet shuffled on the tile. He often arrived at church before the doors were opened. If he had been a man of eloquent prayers, he would say this prayer now: Lord, I did my best.

Marvin loved and cared for his wife, Tillie (Cecilia Heurung), of 62 years; his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He wasn’t much for expressing his feelings with words, but they saw the delight in his eyes whenever they visited.

Marvin worked hard and provided for his family, retiring as a truck driver for Red Owl Stores after many safe-driver years.

He liked to fish and garden and shared his “catch” and “harvest” with many who could not fish or garden.

Marvin enjoyed camping, especially with the family on Labor Day weekends.

He was proud to be a member of the Knights of Columbus, delivered Meals on Wheels, and enjoyed helping Sister Kathleen, Sister Irene, and Sister Donna deliver clothing donations. It was especially fun when Sister Irene gave him directions and then proceeded to get a bit lost in her vehicle.

As a lifelong Waverly resident, Marvin served on the fire department for many years.

St. Mary’s has record of his baptism, first communion, and confirmation. He attended St. Mary’s Grade and High School and was always proud to proclaim that he graduated second of the boys in his class (there were two boys in his class).

At 91, Marvin moved from Waverly to The Glenn Senior Living in Buffalo. Although his mind and body began to fail him, the staff delighted in his smiles and humor.

Lord, I did my best. Please, Lord, now let me rest.

“Marvin and his family – Ken Decker (friend Alice Olson), Karen Rassat (John), Dan Decker (Wendy), Jim Decker (Becky), nine grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren – are grateful for the kindnesses shown to him, especially when he left Waverly.

So many Waverly friends and neighbors visited him and kept him in their prayers. Romey and Berneal Decker (Dad’s only sibling) visited him often, and we appreciate their support.

Special thanks to Father O’Hotto, JoAnn LePage, and Carol Tuchtenhagen for their visits to Dad, delivery of sacraments and notes of encouragement.

We can’t say enough about the staff at The Glenn who befriended him and took such good care of him for these years. It was a comfort to know that he was well cared for, did not suffer great pain, and was always treated to extra desserts when he wanted them.

Sometimes in the past few months, we wondered why Dad continued to linger on this Earth. We finally decided that it may have been the good food at The Glenn that kept him from going Home sooner.

We are also very grateful for the Hospice nurses, Chaplain Dale, and the staff who helped to make Dad comfortable to the end of his days.”

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