Roy Michael Decker

Roy Michael Decker, known to everyone as “Michael” and as “PawPaw” to his grandchildren and great grandchildren, passed away Sunday, December 30, 2018 at the age of 75.

Michael was born on July 30, 1943 to Willard T. Decker and Mavis Chapman Decker Boone in Vidor, Texas. Upon graduating from Vidor High School in 1961, he enlisted in the Air Force and was stationed in El Paso, Texas. On January 5, 1963, he married his high school sweetheart, Judy Lynn Miller. After serving his country for four years he moved back to Vidor with his family.

Once he returned home, he began his career at Mobil Oil. During his employment with Mobil, he attended Lamar University where he graduated with an Associate’s degree in Applied Sciences. Michael retired after 30 years with Mobil in February 1996. Following his retirement, he became involved in the city government of Vidor. He served many years on the City Council, including a term as Mayor Pro-Tem.

His retirement allowed him more time to focus on his hobbies, which included fishing, golfing, and going on cruises with Judy. To be closer to their children and grandchildren, Michael and Judy moved to Cypress in 2005. Michael loved others, and never met a stranger. He served as a deacon while living in Vidor and Cypress. He used his gift of service in many ways, including helping with building projects, vacation bible school, special events, home blessings and weekly bulletin stuffing. If there was a need, Michael was ready to serve.

Michael is survived by his wife of 56 years, Judy; his daughters, Lori Decker Higdon and her husband Jeff, Karen Decker Smith and her husband Scott; his grandchildren, Kaitlin Higdon Lucas and her husband Matt, Julia Higdon Roberson and her husband Jake, Justin Matthew Higdon, Emily Paige Smith, Kate Rebecca Smith, and Claire Elizabeth Smith; great-grandchildren Charlotte, Nolan and Madeline Lucas, and Amelia and Eliana Roberson; his sister Norma Jean Alexander, brother-in-Law Tommy Miller and wife Susan, sister-in-Law Molly Miller Baker and husband Ronald. He is also survived by many aunts, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

His memorial service was held Friday, January 4, 2018 at Second Baptist Church in Cypress.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to:

Second Baptist Church

Attn: Business Office

29900 Hwy 290

Cypress, Texas 77433

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