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1176 Main Street
Fairfax, VT 05454
Phone: 802-849-6261
Fax: 802-849-6262
Elmond Decker

Elmond Decker

Thursday, December 3rd, 1925 - Sunday, January 20th, 2019
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Decker, Elmond (Deck) Age 93, passed away Sunday, January 20, 2019 in Shelburne, Vermont. He was born on December 3, 1925 to Delania and Esther Decker. He resided in Beavercreek, Ohio, for 61 years where he raised his family with his surviving loving wife, Anita (Hunkeler) Decker, his daughter, Diana, and husband Jim Dunn, and his son, Richard, and wife Lynne. His surviving grandchildren are Celia, Julia, Travis, and Dustin, and his great granddaughter, Raelynn. Deck was passionate about providing for his family and keeping our country safe. In his youth, he worked to support his family. After high school he enlisted in the Army Air Corps during WWII, earning the GI Bill to pay for his electrical engineering degree from Oregon State University. He worked for RCA installing radar equipment around the world. Deck met his wife, the former Anita Hunkeler, while she was vacationing in Europe. They were later married in Frankfurt, Germany and lived, learned to ski, and traveled. Deck and his wife moved to Beavercreek, Ohio, in 1957 to continue his 45 year career at WPAFB. He was an active community member during the early years of Beavercreek township as it formed into a city. Deck also had many friends as a member of the Kitty Hawk Ski Club. Upon retiring, Deck created a science kit to teach students around Ohio all about the physics of waves. This kit is still in use today in high schools in the Miami Valley. Deck received numerous awards, including Dayton’s Engineer of the Year, and was inducted into the Dayton Engineering and Science Hall of Fame in 2017 for his groundbreaking work resulting in the redesign of our naval ships directly saving lives. Deck was an avid boater, spending many years navigating the Ohio River as a Coast Guard Auxiliary member. Deck and his wife held season tickets for Wright State University’s Theater for many years, enjoying the musicals immensely. They also belonged to the Beavercreek Senior Center where Deck had many friends. They moved to Vermont to be closer to their daughter’s family and to celebrate the holidays together. Special thanks to The Residences at Shelburne Bay for his care the last seven months. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Foundation Fighting Blindness or to the charity of your choice. The family also invites you to share your memories and condolences by visiting www.awrfh.com.
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William Talley

Posted at 12:02pm
Anita and Family, I remember Deck as a gentleman and an engineer determined to make his ideas and inventions known to those in his view, that needed the technology and could possibly implement it. From sensitive areas in the middle east to US border security, Deck was always thinking of possible solutions. I remember traveling to Maryland and Washington DC with Deck to successfully test his rapid deployable (pop-up) missile decoy….my first trip to DC. I remember discussing his Ideas in his Beavercreek basement laboratory and viewing his student science kit. I discussed skiing and snowshoeing with Anita and met their very friendly dog, Hershey. I was in attendance when Deck was inducted into the Engineering and Science Hall of Fame; a well-deserved end to his career. Deck was a unique individual and I’m glad I was able to meet and work with him. Bill Talley
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Nancy de Tarnowsky

Posted at 05:20pm
Anita: I am so very sorry for your loss and I know this is a tragic loss for you and your family. My thoughts are with you all. Although I didn't know Deck for very long, it was a pleasure to have met such a fine veteran and gentleman. - Nancy
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Gavin Jenney

Posted at 02:15pm
Please accept my condolence for your loss of Deck. I'll always remember his enthusiasm for using technology to improve the security of the U.S. and the many ideas he generated for that purpose. When he "retired" from WPAFB, he did not retire from generating ideas and would often contact me about his latest idea. I appreciate having known Deck.
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Garrett Holman

Posted at 10:47am
In the few times that I was with him, I could tell he was surrounded by people he loved and those who loved him back. He was so proud of his family, his grandchildren, and the life he led. He will be remembered dearly.
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Julia

Posted at 06:07pm
My heart is with you today and always Grandma. Grandpa will always be an inspriration to me and my sister as an engineer and as a member of our family. We are lucky to share so many memories in the form of our visits to Beavercreek, feeding the goats, and playing board games on the porch. Love always, Julia
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Diana’s Family Visiting Deck and Anita in Ohio
Jim and Deck sharing a beer in Vermont
Vermont Thanksgiving
Vermont Creamees
Rick and Deck
Deck and Anita in Florida
Ohio Backyard
Deck Loved Piper
Vermont Christmas
Lake Champlain with Diana
90th Birthday
Cruise Days