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                    Thomas Edward Decker (Tommy)
                            Eulogy 12-5-12

    - On behalf of Alicia, Kelly, Jade, Devon and Justin
    - Our parents, John and Rosella
    - Tommy's brothers and sisters, myself - Eddie, my wife Becky, Larry, his
      wife Judy, Terry, Billy, Shelly, Susie who has passed and Joey
    - And Becky, the mother of Tommy's children
    - We would like to thank you for coming today to honor and celebrate my
      brother's life
    - Thomas Edward Decker known to most of you as Tommy, I would like
      to talk about:
    - Tommy the son
    - Tommy the brother
    - Tommy the husband
    - Tommy the father
    - And Tommy the man

    Tommy the son
    - My parents knew early on Tommy was special
    - Tommy was easy going and never was angered
    - Tommy had a great sense of humor and was ajokester, even at a
      very early age.
    - However, he was compassionate and cared about people. He
      would never say or do anything that would hurt anyone's
      feelings.

    Tommy the brother
    - Tommy always put others first. As a child, ifthere were 2 pieces
     of candy left and there were 2 other siblings, he would always
     give up his piece. That is just the way Tommy was
    ~ Tommy loved to go fishing with his brothers
    - He loved football and talked with his brothers about every
     game
    - Even at an early age on the farm, Tommy took on responsibility
      far beyond his years
 - If Tommy could figure something out when you could not, or he
  was able to fix something you were ready to give up on, in a
  respectful yet humorous and witty way, he would rib you as to
  why you didn't succeed.

 Tommy the husband
- Tommy loved Alicia very much
- He would stop at the floral shop at least once a month to bring
  flowers home to Alicia
- When most of us were spending time in the garage tinkering, or
  working on low priority fixes, he spent his free time with his wife
  and children                           .
- Tommy would take Alicia out for dinner every Friday night, just
  the two of them, to spend quality time together
- He loved to go dancing with Alicia
- With the hectic lives we live, we can all learn from Tommy, he
  understood what is really important in this life

 Tommy the father
- Tommy loved his children very much, they were his life
- They always came first
- Tommy worked the night shift so he could be with them during
  the day
- In fact, we have pictures of Tommy sleeping on the couch with
  all four children playing on top of him

 Tommy the man
 - Tommy had a witty sense of humor everyone enjoyed
 - More importantly, Tommy was an awesome human being
 - Tommy respect~d everyone and that is how he earned respect
 - He was a man of truth, integrity with high ethical and moral
   standards
- Tommy was a Christian and practiced his Catholic faith
- He fully understood the Bible's teachings
- Tommy lived his faith each and every day
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        - He cared for others more then he cared for himself
        - Our protective forces go by many names
        - Like Tommy, the appropriate name is "Peace Officer", because
          that is what he was, he protected us, kept us safe from harm and
          kept our communities at peace.
        - He served to help others and paid the ultimate price
        - Secondary to his wife and children, being a Piece Officer was his
          passion and life's work
        - When Tommy departed from this world in the last hour of
          Thursday night and before our sister Susie hugged him in
          Heaven: he came face to face with Jesus Christ our Lord and
          Savior. Jesus would have said to Tommy "well done my good
          and faithful servant, well done. Welcome to my Father's
          Kingdom"

        - Like Tommy and all of you in uniform here today as well as our
          armed forces, what you do is not just a job. Certainly there are
          professions that pay more money, are less risky and much safer.
          It is a calling, a calling from above and a calling from within, a
          special brotherhood; amongst many things, this calling says "I
          will cover your back and give my life for you". Thank you for
          what you do to keep us safe.

        - Tommy, we are so proud of you and will miss you greatly



         *   Thomas Edward Decker, I love you, we all love you

         *   Thomas Edward Decker, you are my hero, you are - our hero

				
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