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IN MEMORIAM: Russell Decker, 59;

Oneonta Native Self-Taught Musician

Russell W. Decker

ONEONTA – Oneonta native Russell W. Decker 59, passed away peacefully on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, at home in Unadilla.

He was born on June 25, 1957, Fox Hospital, the first child of Leon H. and Patricia A. (Ainsworth) Decker.

Russell was the recipient of the DAR citizenship award in 6th grade at Valley View Central School.  He looked forward to summers at Crumhorn Mountain Boy Scout Camp where he achieved the Order of the Arrow.

On July 11, 1987, he married Patricia A. Sandt.

Russell began his career in the auto industry in the parts department, working for several dealerships in the area.  He made many friends on established delivery routes as well as behind the counter.  Most recently he was employed as grounds keeper for Sidney Golf & Country Club as well as sexton for Mount Calvary Cemetery, Emmons.

Russell was an accomplished, self-taught guitarist and harmonica player.  He was always eager to share his enthusiasm for guitar playing.  He will always be remembered for his intellect, understanding, compassion, humor and pitch playing prowess.

He is survived by his wife Patricia; as well as his sons, Ryley W. and Lukas H. Decker; sister, Debra Chipman Reimer and her daughter, Amanda; brother, David C. Decker; aunts and uncles, Gary and Jackie Scavo, Gloria Brienza, and Victor Calventi; as well as numerous other nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents and grandparents.

A graveside service will take place at a later date in the summer.

Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting our website:

Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home of Oneonta, NY.


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