William “Bill” Closson Decker of Roseburg, Oregon, passed away Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at the age of 81.
Bill was born in Bellingham, WA to Leroy and Vida Decker on August 29, 1938, joining his older brother, Robert. Bill grew up on a family farm of pasture and forest lands exploring every inch of the 80 acres, helping raise beef cows and chickens. As a young man, he joined 4H and FFA at Mount Baker High School, showing beef. Bill graduated in 1956 and two months later joined the Marines. He served in Pearl Harbor before returning stateside and becoming a bugler for the Pacific Marine Corp. band touring the west coast.
Bill met and married Wanda Bullion in 1963, and together they had two daughters Cynthia and Mary Kathleen. After 8 years of marriage, they went their separate ways and Bill moved to Roseburg, OR. There he met Louise Weeks and they married in 1975.
Bill was a career Logger working 20 years for Conifer Douglas Logging and then for Independent Thinning Inc. He did what needed to be done from the bottom up. His yarder skills make the choker setters and whistleblowers keep both eyes on his logs. At one point he and his company won an Outstanding Logging Award in a team competition.
Bill was a member of The Elks Lodge, The Loyal Order of Moose and the Umpqua Gem and Mineral Club. He joined the Douglas County Master Gardener organization in 2003 volunteering many hours designing and building the Easy Access garden within the Discovery Garden. He designed the water capture system and a straw bale garden park in the Master Gardener compound. He loved working in his flower and vegetable gardens giving away samples to all his friends and neighbors. The last job he held was at Maplewood Nursery.
Bill is preceded in death by his wife of 35 years, Louise; brother and sister-in-law Robert and Donna Decker; and step-son Mark Weeks.
Bill is survived by daughters Cynthia (John) Alsum of Lynden, WA and Mary Kathleen “Kathy” (Robert) Foster of Casper, WY; step daughter Terri Weeks-Carlisle of Roseburg, OR; grandchildren Jess (Jackie) Alsum of Lynden, Jacob (Chelsea) Alsum of Sumas, James (Hazel) Alsum of Bristol, UK, and Brittney Alsum of Lynden; great-grandchildren Hunter, Tyler, Owen, Judah, Skylar, Thaddaeus, Kira, Zacchaeus and one more on the way; nieces Roxanne Decker and Deanna Decker both of San Francisco, CA, and nephew John Decker of Redding, CA, and many extended family and friends.
Memorials may be made to Douglas County Master Gardeners, P.O. Box 1165, Roseburg, OR, 97470.
You are invited to join family and friends for Bill’s memorial service at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at Wilsons Chapel of the Roses, 965 W. Harvard Blvd., Roseburg, OR 97471.