Terry L. Decker, age 66, of Heath, passed away at The Ohio State University – Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital on Monday, January 7, 2019.
He was born April 10, 1952 in Newark, Ohio to the late William and Florence (Klein) Decker.
Terry was an avid fisherman who loved fishing, especially in the Muskingum River. He also enjoyed watching his favorite football teams, The Ohio State Buckeyes and the Cleveland Browns play. Terry was an excellent cook, creating different types of beef jerky and preparing delicious turtle soup for his family and friends. As an avid Ohio Lottery player, Terry loved his lottery workout with his brother.
As a music lover, Terry was fortunate enough to be a security guard working numerous rock-n-roll concerts at Legend Valley during the 1970’s and 80’s. He witnessed many of the top acts of the day perform including, The Charlie Daniels Band, The Grateful Dead, Journey, Foghat, The Scorpions, Ted Nugent, The Outlaws, The Cars, Willie Nelson, Cheap Trick, Eddie Money, Molly Hatchet, Hank Williams, Jr., The Allman Brothers Band and many, many more.
But spending time with his grandchildren was what was most important to Terry. He was also a member of the Heath Eagles, had a wonderful sense of humor and will be sadly missed.
He is survived by his two daughters, Terra S. Metz of East Fultonham and Samantha S. Jones of Newark; a brother, Richard Burden of Newark; six grandchildren, Mackenzie Metz, Malea Metz, Cameron Mitchell, Trinity Mitchell, Katie Bernardo and Austin Bernardo; and several sisters.
In addition to his parents, Terry was preceded in death by two brothers, William Decker and Jim Decker; and one sister.
Memorial contributions may be made in Terry’s name to The Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital, c/o The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Office of Medical Center Development,
Post Office Box 183112, 660 Ackerman Road, Columbus, Ohio 43218-3112 or to The American Heart Association, 5455 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215.
The Heath Chapel of Henderson-Van Atta-Stickle Funeral & Cremation Service, 1249 Hebron Road, Heath is assisting the Decker family with arrangements.
I love u dad, still so unreal that your gone and so many things that I still would of loved to do with you but I treasure everyday everything that we did. I am going to continue to do what u taught me to do and that is to never give up on my kids and raise them the best I can and to always be...
I love u dad, still so unreal that your gone and so many things that I still would of loved to do with you but I treasure everyday everything that we did. I am going to continue to do what u taught me to do and that is to never give up on my kids and raise them the best I can and to always be there for them like u were for me I love u and miss you but your living threw me and watching over the kids and me I know your with all your family now untill we meet again. R.I.H.
I'd known Terry since I was a teenager, and we were always friends. RIP, Terry!!!
Terry I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. I also met Terry 1st grade at Lincoln , he was just a really great guy. My step dad used to take us fishing when we were 9. I remember the first time I saw you at North Elementary, I was amazed. You we're just like him. I know many will always...
Terry I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. I also met Terry 1st grade at Lincoln , he was just a really great guy. My step dad used to take us fishing when we were 9. I remember the first time I saw you at North Elementary, I was amazed. You we're just like him. I know many will always carry him in their heart forever. He was a wonderful person. And will never be forgotten. Babbie Cannon
I have known terry since the first grade at Lincoln jr.high he was a true friend who you could always count on.i have a lot of good memories of terry and that is what i will remember Rest In Peace brother you will be missed.
RIH my good friend. You will be missed. Always enjoyed the time's we shared together. Love ya Terry