Mark C. Decker, 48, of Central City, passed away tragically on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, of a heart attack. A Celebration of Life will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion. The family plans to say a few words at noon, but in keeping with Mark's tradition remarks will probably be made at 12:20 p.m. Military honors will conclude the celebration at 12:45 p.m. A reception will follow at 1:30 p.m. at the American Legion Post No. 298, 625 31st St., Marion, to watch the Iowa Hawkeyes football game. The family encourages everyone to dress casual for the celebration.
Mark was born in Monticello, Iowa, on Aug. 10, 1970. He graduated from Cedar Rapids Washington High School in 1989. Mark served in the U.S. Air Force in support of Operation Desert Shield/Storm as a construction equipment operator and was a member of American Legion Post No. 421 of Central City. Mark married Shelly Gabeline on Aug. 26, 2000, in Marion. They are the proud parents of Amber Lynn Decker, 20, and Brett Marcus Decker, 10.
Mark worked as a professional semi-truck driver for Spartan Nash for 18 years. He enjoyed cooking, restoring old automobiles, NASCAR, Iowa Hawkeyes football and basketball games, and the Green Bay Packers and Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre. But what he loved the most was rooting his children on at their track and field, swimming and tennis events.
He was a loving, devoted husband, father and friend who would do anything for anyone even though he was always a bit late for events. And the man loved his chocolate which he would hide all over the house.
Mark is survived by his wife, Shelly; his children, Amber and Brett; his parents, Vickie Decker (George Herring) and Douglas (Angela) Decker; his brother, Brian and his spouse, Stacey and their four children; his sister, Trisha and her spouse, E.J. Brink and their three children; lots of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews; and other family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the family.
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