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Alan Dean Decker, ’69

Posted on 20 August 2013 by vunruh

Alan Dean Decker, 62, of Huron, SD, died August 1, 2013 at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD.

Alan Dean Decker was born on April 6, 1951 to Richard and Anna (Wipf) Decker in Huron, SD. He graduated from James Valley High School in 1969. He attended Grace College of the Bible and Mitchell Technical Institute.

On August 20, 1988 Alan married Patricia Eileen Moes in Huron. Alan worked as head of maintenance for Zip Feed. He was a member of Mt. Olivet Church.  Alan loved spending time with his family especially his grandchildren. He also enjoyed fishing, boating, farming, camping, and riding his motorcycle.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Anna Decker;  one brother, Leonard Decker; one grandson, Owen Eaglestar; his father-in-law, Gerald Moes; and two nieces and one nephew, Nichol Lotzer, Dana Beaudry and Gary Moes.

Grateful for having shared in his life are his wife, Patricia of Huron, SD; five children, Charles (Amie) Decker of Carpenter, SD, Travis Decker and Melissa Decker of Huron, SD, Jennifer Decker of Mitchell, SD and Anna (Dustin) Walraven of Sioux Falls, SD; ten grandchildren, Chayton Eaglestar, Patrick Decker, Grace Lynn Decker, Kasandra Decker, Orieana Decker, Malcolm Decker, Alexis Decker, Alycia Decker, Aliyah Decker and Leo Walraven; one sister, Diane Loewen of  Kansas; his mother-in-law, Eileen Moes of Goodwin, SD; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.  He is also survived by his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Theresa (Denis) Drake, Peggy Moes, Greg (Julie) Moes, Jim (Kathy) Moes, Sue (Tom) Beaudry, John (Donita) Moes, Joe (Karla) Moes, Laurie (Thomas) Chipman, Michele (Larry) Hard, and Jeff (Lynnette) Moes.

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1969, Danko Paziak

Posted on 03 January 2012 by Mel Friesen

1969, Danko Paziak, age 60

Danko Paziak was born in Bad Kro­iznach, West Germany on June 6, 1951 to Ukrainian parents who had been forci­bly relocated to Ger­many during World War II.  His mother’s desire to see her family come to know Christ was the driv­ing force in the family’s immigra­tion to the United States.  With the help a Catholic relief organization, Danko, along with his eldest brother, Richard, his older sister, Oksana, and their par­ents, Hryhoji (hid-eh-horey) and Ksenia, immi­grated to the United States in 1952.

Following a short stay in New York City, the Paziak family finally landed in Omaha.  After hard work and faith in God’s provision, they settled in the fam­ily home on South 11th Street.  Danko attended Omaha public schools until his graduation from Central High School in 1969.

During his early school years, Danko, along with his father and brother, at­tended the Ukrainian Catholic Church, where he served as an altar boy.  At the same time, Danko’s mother and sister at­tended Grace Bible Church.  Over time, Oksana persuaded Danko and Rich­ard to attend a weekly Bi­ble study there, and eventually the whole family attended Grace Bible Church on a regu­lar basis.  It was during this time Danko, with the help of Oksana, accepted Jesus Christ as his savior.  He was baptized and be­gan to grow in his faith and walk with God.

After high school, Danko decided to at­tend Grace Bible Institute.  He then trans­ferred to the University of Nebraska at Omaha where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in religious studies.  Danko married Kathleen Ewert on Febru­ary 21st 1976 in a small cere­mony at Evangelical Bible Church.

Danko was employed with the Plywood Mart, which he had begun during his college years.  He worked his way up through the company, eventually be­coming an assistant manager.  When Plywood Mart closed, Danko be­gan a new career at the Chicago Lum­ber Company of Omaha, where he worked for 17 years until his early retire­ment in November of 2011 due to health issues.

Danko would tell you he lived a full life.  His faith in Jesus was the cornerstone of that life. He served the Lord as an AWANA leader, Sunday school teacher and as a member of the elder board at Evangelical Bible Church.

It was his faith that led him to go on a mission trip to Latvia in the early 90’s.  This trip had a profound impact on his life.  He came home with a deepening relationship with Christ.  Danko never hesitated to share his faith; whether that was through handing out a tract at a restaurant, supplying Our Daily Bread devotion­als at his work or just by saying “God Bless You” to every­one he met.

Danko knew God and was secure in the knowledge that God loved him.  This wasn’t merely head knowledge; it was also heart knowledge. He wanted to share God’s love with everyone, which also made him a great encourager.  He had a kind word and a smile for every­one he met.   From the moment of his salvation, Danko’s faith grew stronger as he leaned more and more upon God. He never ques­tioned God’s goodness or his provi­sion, and God never let him down.  It was this faith that urged him to say “Praise God” con­stantly.

Survived by wife, Kathy (Ewert) Paziak; daughter & son-in-law, Sara & Igor Aksyonov; son & daughter-in-law, Doug & Katie Paziak; daughter, Laura Paziak; grandchildren, Katelyn & Natalie Aksyonov, Seth & Eloise Paziak; brother & sister-in-law, Richard & Fern Paziak; sister & brother-in-law, Oksana & Dennis Forbes; numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by parents, Hryhorij & Ksenia Paziak

Westlawn Hillcrest Funeral Home


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