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Steven J. Decker 1964 ~ 2017

 Steven James Decker, 53, passed away Wednesday, November 1, 2017 in Pratt, KS. He was born July 20, 1964 in Wichita to James and Patricia (Parsons) Decker.
  Steve attended Marshal Middle school and North High School in Wichita prior to moving to Anthony, KS where he was raised by his grandparents, Lawrence and Frances Parsons. He loved basketball and he was an excellent point guard. While attending Chaparral High School in Anthony, he was a starter both his junior and senior year and earned all Chisolm Trail League honors as a senior. He graduated in 1982 and had an opportunity to take his game to the next level at Cowley County Community College but decided college life wasn’t for him at that time. 
  Steve had many jobs over the next several years but always spoke fondly of his time as a game and ride worker with Ottaway Amusements. Those that knew Steve would tell you that the fact he loved carnival life was not surprising. Steve loved to have a good time and talk to people and never looked down on anyone regardless of their positon in life.
  Steve returned to school in 1989 and completed his bachelor’s degree in accounting at the DeVry Institute of Technology in Dallas, TX in 1992. He had an affinity for numbers so his choice of careers was not surprising. He worked as an accountant from 1993 until his passing, most recently working for Baker Professional Accounting Services in Pratt. 
  Steve was considered a good friend by many and will be missed. He is survived by many loving friends and family members. He was preceded in death by his parents.
  A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at Forrest Park Cemetery in Anthony.