Frank A. Decker

COBLESKILL — Frank A. Decker, 92, of St. Christopher Place, died Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady following a short illness. 

Born May 15, 1923, in Gilboa, he was the son of Arthur B. and Mary Grace (Hamm) Decker. Frank attended the Shew Hollow School House and then graduated from the former Cobleskill Central School in 1942.

He enlisted in the United States Army, proudly serving our country during World War II from 1942 until receiving an honorable discharge in 1946.

Frank continued his education at Hartwick College in Oneonta where he received his bachelor’s degree. He went on to law school at Union University – Albany Law School, receiving his degree in 1953. Frank began the practice of law with Francis Smith, Atty., in Cobleskill and in 1959, purchased the law firm from the Smith estate. He continued operating his law office on Main Street, Cobleskill, until selling the building in 2013.

Frank was a member of the New York State Bar Association, Schoharie County Bar Association, and was a 50-year plus member of Cobleskill Rotary. In his leisure time he enjoyed Sunday drives, visiting the Decker homestead and watching wildlife.

He was a longtime member of the Cobleskill United Methodist Church, which he faithfully served on the board of trustees for many years.

He married Louise A. Mickel on Nov. 9, 1957. She predeceased him on March 20, 2013. She was his legal secretary and best friend for nearly 60 years.

He is predeceased by two brothers, Lester and George; and sister, Mary Helen.

Survivors include a nephew, James Veley of Richmondville, three great-nephews and two great-nieces.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 15, at Cobleskill United Methodist Church, 109 Chapel St., Cobleskill with the Rev. Pamela Mikel Hayes officiating and assisted by Pastor Marvin E. Batcher. Family and friends are also invited to a period of visitation to be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, at Mereness-Putnam Funeral Home, 171 Elm St., Cobleskill. Cremation will follow the service and inurnment will be private in Evergreen Cemetery, Jefferson.

Memorial contributions may be made to Cobleskill United Methodist Church, 109 Chapel St., Suite 1, Cobleskill, NY 12043.

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