Peter Louis DeDecker, 91, of Geneseo, formerly of Davenport, Iowa, died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, at Good Samaritan Village, Geneseo. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31 at Vandemore Funeral Home Ltd, Atkinson. The Rev. S. Stephen Englebrecht will officiate. Inurnment will follow in St. Anthony’s Cemetery, Atkinson, where military honors will be accorded. A visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday prior to the services. Memorials may be directed to the Peter DeDecker Memorial Fund.
He was born on May 1, 1922, in Atkinson, the son of 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.
He graduated from Atkinson High School and attended St. Ambrose College. When World War II began, he 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, Iowa, 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 and Country Furniture, Joliet, he 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, he spent many winters in Florida with his friend Nancy Smithers. He moved back to Davenport on a full-time basis in 2004 and to Geneseo in 2011. In addition to his five sons, he is survived by 13 grandchildren and six 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.