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Many thanks to Karen Decker Weir for submitting the information on this page. Karen Weir


From: Kankakee Daily Journal

Asa C. Decker Dies;
Funeral Service Saturday


Asa C. Decker, 88, died at 11:50 p.m. Wednesday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Vernease Ledbetter of Aroma Township after a lingering illness. His family was present at the time of his death.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph's Church, Bradley. Friends may call at the Clancy Funeral Home from tonight and until the time of the services.

The rosary will be recited at the funeral home at 8 p.m. Friday.

He was born Feb. 28, 1865, in Pope County, Ill., but sepent the past 35 years of his life in Kankakee County. He was a retired farmer. His wife, Veda, died in 1918.

Besides Mrs. Ledbetter, he is survived by another daughter, Mrs. Frances Hudson of Tuscon, Ariz.; Sons, Theodore of Bradley and Wayne of Kankakee; a sister, Mrs. Lydia Gross of Harrisburg, Illl,; 14 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

(wife: Vida Ann Mott, dau of John Mott and Nancy Jane Tadlock. They raised 8 children at Decker Springs, East of Elizabethtown.

Asa was son of Asa Decker and Lydia Patrick; cousin to Oren Gross of Hardin County, IL)


Obituary for Asa Decker


Asa C. Decker was born December 27, 1821 in Knox County, Indiana. The son of John Decker who came to Knox County from Ohio in the late 1700's. When Asa was a small child he moved to southeastern Illinois with his parents and brothers John and Job. The family settled on a farm near Shawneetown, Illinois. Asa spent his youth there growing into manhood.

On February 27, 1842 Asa married Miss Lydia Patrick of Gallatin County. They were the parents of 11 children, 4 which preceded them in death. John, Job, Asa C. Jr., Mary Catt, Malissa Lasater, Florence Gullett, and Lydia Gross all survive.

Soon after being married Asa and Lydia moved their family to a farm near Herod Springs in Pope County where they lived until 1866. In 1880 Mr. Decker was attempting to purchase the farm back at Herod Springs, but before he got to that destination he found land at Martha B. Furnace later known as Decker Springs, which was east of Elizabethtown, Illinois. It was there that he died on December 7, 1893.

When the Civil War began Asa enlisted in the Army (1861) and served the Union in Company L, 6th Illinois Calvary, under the leadership of Major Thomas G.S. Herod from Shawneetown. Asa was one of the famous "Butternut Guerillas", a special group of sodiers who were raiders, and wore Butternut colored civilian clothing. These men made raids deep into the Confederate states under the directives of Col. Benjamin Henry Grierson. Asa served in the Memphis campaign and attained the rank of sergeant beforehe was discharged with a disability in 1863. He received a small military pension during the latter part of his life.

When Asa enlisted in the Union Army a group of men from the neighboring area met at his home and they all rode off to war together. While he was away Lydia and the children worked the farm and took care of the business of making a living. Asa was able to be home on leave at harvest time and helped take the wheat to the mill. The plowing was done with steers pulling the plow, as Asa took the only horse he owned to serve his country. Lydia sowed the wheat crop from her apron. She also assisted the neighbors maintain correspondence with their loved ones who had gone off to war. She was the only woman in the area who could read and write. So it became her duty to assist her friends and neighbors with their correspondence.

Asa was known as an honest and industrious man. A loving father and husband, and a man who was charitable and helpful to those less fortunate. He professed faith in Christ in 1868, he became a member of St. Patricks Holy Catholic Church in Enfield, Illinois. He was also a member of the O.O. F. and the G.A.R.

Asa was buried at Peters Creek Cemetery, Elizabethtown, Illinois. Services were performed by the Rev. John Thorton. With friends and family members in attendance.
submitted by Karen Decker Weir. Kweir25996@aol.com

Mark Decker Obit


(Karen Weir Notes: My Dad"s Obit. He was raised in Hardin Co. I based it on what was in the paper but added a few personal notes. My dad's name was Mark Hanon Decker but when he left E town he dropped Mark and assumed the name Earl. His sister Melissa changed hers to Verneice.)
Earl Mark Decker 45, dies after a lingering illness (lung cancer) Earl Mark Hanon Decker 45, of 1179 S Schuylar Ave died this morning at the home of his sister Mrs Adrian (Melissa Verneice ) Ledbetter, who ran a nursing home in Aroma Park . Mr Decker was born 5/29/1902 in Elizabethtown ,Illinois . Son of Asa Decker and Vida Ann Mott Decker. He spent his youth in Hardin Co. growing up at Decker springs. He worked for his uncle John in Hardin County doing farm work.And went to Anna where he worked at the hospitol for the insane. When he was 16 he came to Kankakee, and has resided here since, with the exception of a few years spent in Minnisota where he met his wife Anna Taverna.who he married in 1927 in Minneapolis. He then spent 12 years in Deerlodge and Andaconda ,Montana. There he worked in the copper mines and as a prison gaurd. Surviving are his wife Anna, 4 children Mrs Beverly Hines, Betty Lou Mosley, Maurice and Karen Ann. and one grandson Dell Larry Mosley. His father Asa Decker , two brothers ,Theodore Roosevelt and Wayne of this city and 2 sisters Mrs adrian Ledbetter of Kankakee and Mrs Francis Hudson of Tucson Arizona . Sisters Elizabeth Nedblock, Florence and Agnes , a brother Maurice and his mother precede him in death. Along with several relatives and friends in Hardin county where he visted after returning to Illinois. Funeral services will be held Sat. afternoon at the Yates funeral home with the Rev Henry W. Nollsch of the Trinity Methodist Church officiating. Internment will be in Memorial Park Cemetary. Karen Decker Weir 9/18/98

Maurice Decker Obit


Maurice Decker died April 10, 1915 at Jefferson Barracks, Mo. Maurice had enlisted in the army and was stationed at Jefferson Barracks where he contracted the measles and then pneumonia which caused his untimely death. Maurice was born April 23, 1897 to Asa and Vida Ann Decker . He was brought home to Elizabethtown Tuesday April 13th and laid to rest on Wednesday at Centeral Cemetary. A.J. Clanton and Jonas Spivy delivered a short sermon at the grave. He leaves behind his parents, five sisters and three brothers. Elizabeth, Florence, Melissa, Agnes, Francis, Mark, Theodore and Wayne. A monument was erected by Mr. T. Spivy in December 1915.

Mary Ann Decker Catt Obit


Mary Ann Catt, died Monday Febuary 2,1931 . Born August 29,1851 in White County , but spent her childhood at Decker's Springs . Parents were Asa Decker and Vida Ann Mott Decker. Mary Ann Married , Jobe Catt in 1871 and they had two children, Asa M. Catt of Elizabethtown and Mrs Agnes McWade of Tucson, Arizona. In addition to the husband and children she is survived by two brothers and three sisters, Mrs lydia Gross, Mrs Melissa Lasater, Mrs Florence Gullett , Asa Decker and John Decker all of Elizabethtown except Asa who lives in Kankakee, Ill. She was preceded in death by her parents . The funeral service was conducted by Rev. A.J. Clanton and internment was at Centeral Church Cemetary.

Vida Ann Decker Obit


Vida Ann Decker b. November 2, 1872 ,Elizabethtown .Died here March 6, 1919. She married Asa C. Decker March 9, 1890. She lived her entire life in Hardin County, raising 8 children at Deckers Springs. She was the daughter of John Mott and Nancy Jane Tadlock , Cave In Rock. She is survived by her husband Asa and six children, Melissa (Verneice) Ledbetter, Francis , Agnes , Elizabeth, Mark , Theodore, and Wayne. Two of her children precede her in death, Maurice and Florence. She was buried at Old Centeral Cemetary with friends and family in mourning

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