Darrel F. “Bump” DeDecker, 82, of Atkinson, died Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, at his home. A funeral mass celebrating his life will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 9 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, in Atkinson. Fr. S. Stephen Engelbrecht will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Anthony’s Cemetery, in Atkinson, where military honors will be accorded by the Atkinson American Legion. A visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, in Atkinson, where a rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Darrel DeDecker Memorial Fund.

Darrel F. “Bump” DeDecker, 82, of Atkinson, died Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, at his home. A funeral mass celebrating his life will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 9 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, in Atkinson. Fr. S. Stephen Engelbrecht will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Anthony’s Cemetery, in Atkinson, where military honors will be accorded by the Atkinson American Legion. A visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, in Atkinson, where a rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Darrel DeDecker Memorial Fund.

Darrel was born Nov. 23, 1934, in Atkinson, the son of August and Alma (Vandersnick) DeDecker. He graduated from Atkinson High School in 1952. Bump played two seasons of football at St. Ambrose College. He proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1954-1957, where he played Navy football, obtained the rank of sargent and was an aircraft radio technician instructor. In 1957, Bump received a football scholarship at the University of Illinois. He was selected for first-team Academic All American in 1960. Upon graduation, he received a degree in industrial management.

Bump was then selected in the 1959 NFL draft as a lineman by the then Chicago “Cardinals,” and then drafted in the 1961 AFL draft by the Boston “Patriots,” the NFL St. Louis Cardinals and the CFL Montreal Alouettes. Other teams that expressed interest were the: Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Chargers, Houston Oilers, Green Bay Packers, New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys and the Chicago Bears. After his stint with the St. Louis Cardinals, he was hired as the freshman line coach at the University of Illinois. He worked four years as a plant manager for TRW Electronics in Marshall and Casey, Ill. In 1968, he moved back to Atkinson. Bump was a longtime partner/owner with his brother, sister and nephew in the family business, DeDecker Hardware, in Atkinson, which was founded by his father, Gus, in 1945 and still remains a fixture in downtown Atkinson.

He was united in marriage to Henrietta L. “Hank” Claeys DeReu on Nov. 6, 1970, in Rock Island. Bump was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, in Atkinson, where he was the custodian and caretaker for several years. He also was a member of the Atkinson American Legion and the Atkinson Volunteer Fire Department. Darrel gave back to the community by organizing the youth football program (1969) and coaching Atkinson High School football (1979 & 1985 both teams went to the state playoffs).

He is survived by his wife, Henrietta “Hank;” sons, Drew (Lynn) DeDecker, of Evergreen Park; Darren DeDecker, of Peoria; and Dane DeDecker, of Atkinson; stepsons, Ken (Lorinda) DeReu, of Atkinson; Dan (Lisa) DeReu, of Atkinson; Mike (Donna) DeReu, of Buda: and Nick DeReu, of Rio Rancho, N.M.; 21 grandchildren, Derek DeDecker, Laura (Ray) Johnson, Andrew DeDecker, Denise DeDecker, Dirk DeDecker, Marcus DeReu, Johnna (Clayton) Conrad, Denelle (Andy) Anderson, Tyler (Katie Paxton) DeReu, Dustin (Rachel Lippens) DeReu, Josh (Arianna) DeReu, Jessica DeReu, Gabriella DeReu, Jessie (Monique) DeReu, Ben DeReu, Michael (Abi) Stout, Chawntel Thompson, Danny Thompson and Charity (Mike) Herz; 20 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Marilyn DeDecker, of Atkinson; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, August and Elma DeDecker; his sister, Gloria Junior; and his brother, Richard DeDecker.