Share |

 Rodney Decker

Rodney Earl “Rod” Decker, 46, passed away at his home in Yates Center, on Sept. 19, 2013.
Rod was born July 19, 1967, in Chanute, the son of Ronald Decker and JoAnn (Bishop). Rod grew up in Buffalo and attended Altoona-Midway High School until his graduation. Shortly after, he met and married Jennifer (Barkman). The couple was blessed with a son, Denton, and a daughter, Danae. The couple raised their children in Buffalo but later divorced.
In Rod’s pasttime he enjoyed family gatherings, cooking and barbecuing good food, along with laughter and good conversation. He enjoyed hunting, shooting trap, fishing, four-wheeling and several other activities. He was a big kid at heart always playing in the dirt and building structures, giving him a great sense of accomplishment along with great products to clients. His fun-loving personality along with his gift of gab will be greatly missed.
Rodney Earl Decker was preceded in death by his grandparents Bill and Ada Bishop and grandmother Lily McAdams, and an uncle, Clarence Bishop.
Rod is survived by his children Denton Decker and fiancé Jessica Klotz, Yates Center, his daughter Danae Decker, Chanute, but currently residing in Winfield; his parents Ronald and JoAnn Decker, Buffalo; a sister Ronda (Decker) Olson and husband Blane, Buffalo; nephews, Blathan and Bryson Olson, and great-nephew Brantley Olson. Rod is also survived by his faithful companion and friend, his lab Sam, as well as many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Thursday at the Cowboy Church and Arena of Life in Toronto. Burial will follow in Buffalo Cemetery, Buffalo. Visitation will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Campbell Funeral Home, Yates Center. Memorials may be made to Denton and Danae Decker and sent in care of Campbell Funeral Home P.O. Box 188 Yates Center, KS 66783.

OBITUARIES

Margaret Smoot

thumb

Margaret Jean Smoot, 86, formerly of Gas, died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, at Iola Nursing Center.Margaret was born Feb. 3, 1928, in Mitchell, S.D., the daughter of Merrill and Helen Marie (Fuehrer) Goodsell. On Aug. 12, 1944, the Goodsell family moved to Gas. Margaret graduated... [More]

Stanley Miller

thumb

Iola native Stanley A. Miller, 66, died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in Grove, Okla.Funeral Services will be at 9 a.m. Friday at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Grove, with Father Alex Kennedy officiating. Stanley will be laid to rest beside his parents in Iola. Family and friends... [More]

Blanche Boman

thumb

Our dear beloved aunt, Blanche N. Boman, 85, Las Cruces, N.M. entered eternal life on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 at University Medical Center in El Paso, Texas. Blanche was born July 28, 1929, in Moran to Archie E. Sr. and Ocie E. Dickenson Boman. On Dec. 15, 1960, Blanche left... [More]

More Obituaries

NEWS

Technology suffers due to lack of funds

thumb

A school district is similar to a household when it comes to budgeting. It, too, has bills and must deal with limited resources. For USD 257, the maintenance of its buildings has required a larger and larger portion of its budget, leaving little funds for other departments such... [More]

School forums on tap for bond issue

thumb

The latest in a series of forums regarding USD 257’s upcoming school bond vote will at 7 o’clock tonight at LaHarpe City Hall.Tonight’s event, sponsored by the school district, is the first of three meetings in coming days.A town hall meeting organized by a... [More]

Flood plain, utilities lead to proposed school site

thumb

The proposed site for new schools remains a sticking point for opponents.It took years for USD 257 Board of Education members to find what they considered the best site for new elementary and high schools in Iola, Board President Tony Leavitt said this week. Voters will decide... [More]

More News

AP Video

SPORTS

ACC men’s soccer season ends with loss

thumb

A last-minute goal in extra time ended Allen Community College’s men’s soccer season on a sour note Wednesday, with a 2-1 loss against Neosho.“I thought we had some opportunities to finish some goals earlier and put the game up 2 or 3 to nothing,” coach... [More]

Fillies end regular season with two wins

thumb

GARNETT — Iola High’s volleyball team earned two wins to end the regular season Tuesday afternoon.Iola defeated Prairie View, 25-9 and 25-11. Emery Driskel had 12 kills, an ace and an assist. Kyra Moore had 14 assists, two aces and four kills. Emma Piazza recorded... [More]

More Sports

Register Online Edition Renew your subscription