Louis "Sonny" G. Decker

September 22, 1935 ~ January 20, 2023 (age 87) 87 Years Old


Louis George Decker, 87, of Hilltown, PA, formerly of Little Meadows, PA., Upper Darby, PA and Bellport, NY., died January 20. Preceded in death by his late wife, Elizabeth Macaulay Decker. Lou was born in Brookhaven, N.Y., and graduated from Bellport High School in 1954. Served in the Army from 1957-60 enjoying his time in Europe working on microwave radio communication towers in Germany and France including the Eiffel Tower. Studied at Suffolk Community College, N.Y. with an engineering emphasis.

Lou grew up in Upper Darby, PA, riding his bike and the train into Philadelphia exploring museums. With his homebase always being Brookhaven, Long Island NY, Lou grew up driving the Model T and Packard he tinkered and rebuilt well before any driver's license would be issued, along with working and playing in Tooker's Boat yard.

Employment history includes Brookhaven National Laboratory, NY, as a senior technical specialist in the chemistry department working with Isotope separators and mass spectrometer for Ionic collision processes, IBM as a senior automated equipment specialist, Lockheed Martin, and eventually Loral Space & Communications.

Over the years Lou was a member of the Brookhaven, Bellport, and Little Meadows Volunteer Fire Depts. Member of the BBBB&BS racing club, president of the Afghan hound assoc., vice president of the Brookhaven Kennel Club, member of Tioga County Kennel Club in Owego N.Y., and active member in the Bucks County Kennel Club and Supervisor of Apolacon Township, PA.

Lou was a Free Mason, member of Shiloh-MacCalla Lodge No 558 F. & A.M. This year would have been celebrating his 60th year. Lou started as a young man in Patchogue, NY. He also thoroughly enjoyed being a member of the American Legion, and Keelersville Club in his later years.

Lou's passions were clamming, showing, breeding, and handling their Afghan Hounds, racing sailboats and iceboats, spending time at old inlet and being a Carmen River Rat. Lou was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather with the greatest joy in life being when his entire family and good friends were together, especially in Canada fishing and water skiing. Reunions with his beloved Pongonis and Vasell nieces and nephews were also a favorite. Lou was preceded in death by his two sisters Shirley Decker Vasell and Claire Decker Pongonis.

Lou is survived by son Louis G. Decker, Jr, wife Ann Tice Decker, their children Elizabeth Decker Keller and Christopher Decker; daughter Elizabeth Decker-Marshall, husband Troy Q. Marshall, their children Chase Marshall and Addison Marshall.


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