Peter Louis DeDecker, 91, of Geneseo, formerly of Davenport, IA passed away on August 22, 2013, at Good Samaritan Village in Geneseo, IL. A Memorial Service celebrating his life will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday August 31, 2013, at Vandemore Funeral Home Ltd. of Atkinson. Rev. S. Stephen Engelbrecht will officiate. Inurnment will follow in St. Anthony’s Cemetery, Atkinson, where Military Honors will be accorded. Visitation for Peter will be from 9:00 - 11:00 A.M. Saturday prior to the services. Memorials may be directed to the Peter DeDecker Memorial Fund.
Mr. DeDecker was born on May 1, 1922, in Atkinson, IL to Peter DeDecker Sr. and his wife Leona. He was the youngest and last surviving child of his parents. He was preceded in death by his brothers Frank, Edmund, Charles, August, and his sisters Florence and Francis.
Mr. DeDecker graduated from Atkinson High School and attended St. Ambrose College. When WWII began, Mr. DeDecker joined the Naval Air Corps and flew an Avenger torpedo bomber off the aircraft carrier Antietam during the war. He remained in the naval reserve until 1952. After the war, he returned to Davenport and graduated from St. Ambrose College. He met and married Rosemary Staley in 1947. Peter and Rosemary had six sons; Douglas, Dennis, Peter, Paul, Todd and Thomas. He is survived by five of his sons as Paul died as an infant.
After working for Staley's Town & Country Furniture in Joliet, IL, Mr. DeDecker and his family returned to Davenport where he became the co-owner of Iowa-Illinois Tire Company. He operated that business for 25 years and retired from active operation of that business in the late 1980s.
His wife Rosemary died in 1990. After her death, Mr. DeDecker spent many winters in Florida with his friend Nancy Smithers. Mr. DeDecker moved back to Davenport on a full time basis in 2004 and to Geneseo in 2011. In addition to his five sons, Mr. DeDecker is survived by 13 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Another great grandchild died as an infant. The family would like to thank the staffs at Liberty Village, Hammond-Henry Hospital, and Geneseo Good Samaritan Village for all the wonderful and thoughtful care that they had given to our Father during his stays at their facilities.