I believe that he is an attendee as I do not find anything in my ‘stuff’ for Melvin.
May He Rest In Peace.
McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]
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MELVIN L. DECKER, JR.
April 16, 1935 – March 11, 2014
Highland Mills, NY
Melvin L. Decker, Jr. of Highland Mills, NY passed away peacefully at home, Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
Born on April 16, 1935, he grew up with his parents, Katherine M. and Melvin L. Decker, Sr. and his younger brother, Martin “Joe”, all of whom have predeceased him. He lived in East Elmhurst, NY and Cedar Grove, NJ and spent many summers in Lake Placid, NY. Indeed, some of his favorite memories originated from his working at the “North Pole”. A graduate of Brooklyn Prep, he attended Manhattan College, and eventually began working at Sage Instruments, which was where he developed his desire to be an entrepreneur.
In 1962 he married MaryAnn Lawrence. Shortly thereafter, they built their home in Highland Mills, where they raised their five children. There they opened OPTI-QUIP, Inc. in 1970, specializing in bulbs and equipment for research microscopes, and employing many local residents over the years. Mel loved to talk and had an uncanny ability to find a solution to any problem, making friends all along the way. Mel’s favorite singer was Frank Sinatra. Befittingly, in his song “My Way”, Frank Sinatra infamously sings ‘I’ve lived a life that’s full, I traveled each and ev’ry highway, and more, much more than this, I did it my way.’ Mel truly embodied those words in every aspect of his own life to the very end.
In addition to MaryAnn, Mel leaves behind two sons: Larry with wife, Jennifer, Timothy with wife, Ellen; three daughters: Kim with Jeff Abrams, Bonnie with husband, Larry Hart, and Nancy with husband, Doug Monroe; six grandchildren: C.J. Marshall with wife, Samantha, Ashley, Brandon and Quinlan Hart; and Sydney and Martin Decker; and one great-granddaughter: Amelia Marshall.
A Funeral Mass in honor of Mel will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 15th at St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, Cornwall, NY, with burial in the spring at St. Agnes Cemetery in Lake Placid, NY. As he wished, a celebration of Mel’s life will be held later.
Donations in Mel’s name may be made to St. Joseph’s Abbey, Attn: Brother Thomas, Treasurer, 167 North Spencer Road, Spencer, MA 01562 or the Woodbury Fire Department, PO Box 643, Highland Mills, NY 10930.
Funeral arrangements made by Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush, Inc. Funeral Home, 845-782-8185 or http://www.ssqfuneralhome.com
Decker, Melvin L. Jr. [MCattendee RIP]
Guestbook: Same link
[JR: Attendees are recognized on the theory "if it's important to some to mention in an obit, then we can spare a few prayers". Perhaps, the time at MC was both formative and important to our comrade. And, imho, WW2 interrupted many plans. A good many who went never came back and maybe those that did had new priorities. With a 50+ year marriage, that’s a characteristic I see in a lot of Jaspers.]
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