POLSON – Lawrence “Lyle” Decker, 74, of Polson, passed away on Thursday, May 13, 2010.
Lyle was born on Sept. 8, 1935, in St. Ignatius, the son of Lawrence and Edith Decker.
After graduating from St. Ignatius High School in 1953, Lyle served in both the Army and Air Force receiving honorable discharges in 1956 and 1960. Lyle worked at the White Pine sawmill in Missoula for several years and retired from there to care for his mother in St. Ignatius. After her death, Lyle worked in the woods cutting posts, farmed in the Jocko Canyon and worked at Kicking Horse Job Corp. After retiring again, he lived near Flathead Lake and attended Salish Kootenai College and received an associate of arts degree in human services, general studies and psychology.
Lyle loved the outdoors, enjoyed snow skiing, fishing, hunting, waterskiing and boating. His cabin at Flathead Lake is where family and friends all gathered. Lyle was a character when he told his stories. Lyle loved his family and especially his nieces and nephews who were all so important to him.
Lyle was Past Master of Masonic Harmony Lodge No. 49 in Missoula, a life member of York Rite, a life member of the Cryptic Masons and a member of Mission Valley Lodge No. 78 in Polson.
Lyle is survived by his siblings Betty (Hal) Samsel of Polson, Dale (Laurie) Decker of Tacoma, Wash., Donna (David) Marks of Arlee and Ranae Decker of Denver; an adopted son Vincent “Buck” Swan; his nephews Steve (Shelly) Samsel and Jeff Decker; his nieces Sheryl (Randy) Symon, Shenda Burnett, Debbie (Jon) O’Neill, Deanne (Casey) Smith; his beloved great-nieces and nephews, who called him “Uncle” and his cat JJ. Lyle was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew Dwayne Marks.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, May 17, in the Chuck Dixon Park where military Honors and Masonic Honors will be presented.
(To get to Chuck Dixon Park take Rocky Point Rd to Kings Point Rd and turn right on Wolfpoint Road – the Park is located on the left-hand side.)