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WL "Panhandle" Decker

September 19, 1943 ~ June 27, 2020 (age 76)


WL “Panhandle” Decker, Jr., 76, of Beaver Dam, Kentucky passed away Saturday, June 27, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born September 19, 1943 in Rockport, Kentucky to the late WL “Doug” Decker, Sr. and Martha Shoulders Decker. He retired from Peabody Coal Company and enjoyed planning, designing and supervising the construction of new homes. He loved attending high school basketball games and golfing.

Aside from his parents he was preceded in death by one brother, Michael “Doodle” Decker; one sister-in-law, Ethel Decker and one nephew, Tommy Roop.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his wife of 57 years, Rita Decker of Beaver Dam, two children, Greg (Vickie) Decker of Beaver Dam and Patty Kessinger of Beaver Dam; four grandchildren, McKenzie Tichenor, Kirsten Kessinger, Dylan Decker and Gavin Kessinger; one great-granddaughter on the way, Vivienne Birchler; seven siblings, James “Wilkie” Decker of Beaver Dam, Danny (Judy) Decker of Rockport, Fonzo (Shelia) Decker of Beaver Dam, Elizabeth “Sissy” (Kenny) Segers of Rockport, Nancy “Beanie” (David) Roop of Beaver Dam, Rod (Tina) Decker of Rockport and Chet (Teresa) Decker of Cromwell; numerous nieces and nephews and one special great-niece, Gracie Bowen.

Private family services will be held. Visitation will be open to the public from 3 – 7 PM Tuesday, June 30, 2020 and from 9 AM - 1 PM Wednesday at William L. Danks Funeral Home in Beaver Dam, Kentucky. Burial will follow in Sunnyside Cemetery in Beaver Dam. In compliance with health and public safety directives, capacity will be limited in accordance with state guidelines.

The family requests expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to, WL “Panhandle” Decker, Jr. Memorial Fund c/o William L. Danks Funeral Home, PO Box 407, Beaver Dam, KY 42320.

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June 30, 2020

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
William L. Danks Funeral Home
222 N. Lafayette Street - P.O. Box 407
Beaver Dam, KY 42320

July 1, 2020

9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
William L. Danks Funeral Home
222 N. Lafayette Street - P.O. Box 407
Beaver Dam, KY 42320

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