John 'Bill'  Decker
John William "Bill" Decker, 92, of Champaign, Ill., formerly of Hoopeston, Ill., passed away at 4:18 p.m. Thursday, November 7, 2019, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, Ill.
He was born June 22, 1927, at home in Hoopeston, the son of John William Decker Sr. and Ruby K. (Finch) Decker.
He married Carol Lee Teegarden on July 5, 1952, at First Christian Church. She survives in Champaign.
He also is survived by two daughters, Ann (David) Quigg of Champaign, and Molly (Stephen) Ayers of Champaign; one son, John William (Diana) Decker III of Winterville, N.C.; one sister, Marilyn McCoy of Pebble Beach, Calif.; six grandchildren, Joseph Decker, William Decker, Rachel Haverstrom, Andrew Ayers, Alexandra Braconnot and Hannah Trautman; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by parents and two sisters, Jane Pittman and Goldie Stewart.
Bill served in the United States Navy from May 10, 1945-August 7, 1946. After his service, he attended the University of Illinois where he received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. In 1951, he began working as a Midwest Regional Sales Manager for Joan of Arc, which later became Pillsbury, until his retirement in 1989.
Bill was a member of Hoopeston First Christian Church Disciples of Christ where he also served as a deacon. He later became a member of University Place Christian Church in Champaign.
A visitation will be 1-2 p.m. Saturday, November 16, at Anderson Funeral Home, 427 E. Main St., Hoopeston. The funeral service will follow the visitation and begin at 2 p.m. at the funeral home, with Rev. Kris Light officiating. Burial will follow in Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston. Military rites will be accorded by Hoopeston American Legion Post 384.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.
Please visit to view John's eternal tribute page and to send the family condolences. Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.
Published on November 11, 2019


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Harriet Dabill Hymer
Nov 14, 2019
I am sorry for your loss. Heaven gained an angel. And that is exactly what Bill (and Carol too) was.
I remember how kind and cheerful he was to me in Dr Phil Laurence's dental office. They were always smiling and agreeable. They left a wonderful impact on my life, in my 20s-40s.