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Marvin Charles "Red" Decker
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Birth: May 2, 1887
Harrison County
Ohio, USA
Death: Oct. 12, 1969
Lorain County
Ohio, USA

SMYRNA - Services were to be held this afternoon in Bond Funeral Home in Londonderry for Marvin Decker, 82, formerly of here, who died Sunday night in Lorain St. Joseph Hospital. Rev. Raymond Lyons was to officiate with burial in Smyrna Cemetery. A life resident of the area, he was preceded in death by his wife, the former Nora Lightell; a son, 2 daughters, 5 brothers and 2 sisters. Surviving are 3 daughters, Mrs. Ethel Thomas of Lorain, with whom he resided recently; Mrs. Helen Pethtel of Cambridge and Mrs. Fern Scott of Piedmont; 23 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren and a great-great- grandchild. -pg 101 of TCGS Obit books Oct 1969.

In 1969 the Times Reporter has a 5 Generations picture and states that Marvin was native of Smyrna but now residing in Lorain.

Marvin loved baseball. He played the game in Freeport/Smyrna/Londonderry when he was younger but after he was no longer able to play he watched the game on the television. He would go get involved with the game that he was literally playing it play by play. Granddad was never in the military service. They were very poor and couldnít afford a car, so he never owned a car. Perhaps he couldnít drive a car. When Marvin was younger, he was at the Smyrna County Fair leaning on a pitch fork when he was struck by lightening. He was in a coma for two weeks. Marvin would walk from Smyrna to Freeport to get his hair cut on Saturdays.
Grandpa Deckerís Employment
Marvin was a timber cutter, he cut props and sold them to the coal mining industry. Props were small trees used to prop up the ceiling of the coal mines. He also hunted fox, coon, muskrat and other small animals. Raccoon pelts were very valuable and would sell for $20.00 a pelt. He also liked to hunt turtles and would feel under a ledge near a creek bank to see if he could find some turtles. He liked turtle soup. He also would hunt for ginseng and other roots and would dry them and sell them. They also had a large garden and Nora would can some of the vegetables.
The House
They lived in Smyra in a very dilapidated house which consisted of four rooms and a long kitchen a person had to step down into. They had a shed room. In the living room, there was a small fireplace but they didnít use it. Although they had a Warm Morning stove to heat the house, the house always felt cold. The walls were wooden and covered with wallpaper. The outside was never painted and it had poplar siding. Of course, it had an outside toilet. In the kitchen, the six hole cookstove was next to the outside wall.
Marvin was of average height and weight and had blue eyes and thin reddish hair. -reported by Betty 
Family links: 
  Joseph Decker (1836 - 1919)
  Anna Belle Willoughby Decker (1865 - 1952)
  Nora Maybelle Lightell Decker (1890 - 1948)*
  Ethel Pauline Decker Thomas (1908 - 1983)*
  Frances Decker Williams (1913 - 1963)*
  Helen Christine Decker Pethtel (1917 - 1986)*
  Dortha J Decker (1920 - 1921)*
  Charles Porter Decker (1922 - 1968)*
  Ferne Louise Decker Scott (1925 - 2009)*
  John Wesley Decker (1858 - 1919)**
  Thomas W Decker (1860 - 1949)**
  Elizabeth Decker Adduddell (1861 - 1896)**
  David Henry Decker (1863 - 1960)**
  William H. Decker (1867 - 1874)**
  George Clinton Decker (1886 - 1962)*
  Marvin Charles Decker (1887 - 1969)
  Rachel A. Decker Burris (1893 - 1958)*
  Henry Hartman Decker (1896 - 1956)*
  Mary Belinda Decker Tidrick (1898 - 1934)*
*Calculated relationship
s/o Joseph and Anna Willoughby Decker
Smyrna Methodist Episcopal Cemetery
Harrison County
Ohio, USA
Maintained by: macmadam
Originally Created by: DonZas
Record added: Mar 14, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 10616653
Marvin Charles Red Decker
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- David
 Added: Nov. 5, 2015
My maternal greatgrandfather. I remember him sitting on the front porch of my grandmothers house on Gomber Ave in Cambridge, Ohio chewing tobacco and spitting it in a coffee can. I also had red hair!
- Cindy Kerr Thiele
 Added: Sep. 19, 2015

- Debbi Schumacher
 Added: Sep. 7, 2015
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