Larry Decker
V.P. Marketing
 Nov 10, 2011

 

 

LARRY DECKER June 27, 1923-Nov. 10, 2011 Larry Decker, age 88, was born in Lewis, Iowa, to Danielle Boone Decker and Laura Decker. He grew up in several midwestern farming communities and as a result of difficult economic times dropped out of school in ninth grade. He started several jobs to help support his family. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and famously protected his "borrowed" Japanese horse named, "Tojo" with his battle helmet during an air raid on Papau, New Guinea. He returned to the U.S., got his GED and continued his business studies at schools including Stanford University. He was very instrumental in the airline industry with executive positions including Bonanza, Air West and World Airways. In 1982, he founded Sunworld International Airways in Las Vegas, and served as its CEO and president. Larry was the director of the Greater Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce in 1985. In 1963, he founded the Las Vegas chapter of SKAL International, an international association of tour and travel professionals that he continued to participate with for the rest of his life. After his retirement from Sunworld, he was an active real estate agent in the Las Vegas area. He moved to Smyrna, Ga. four years ago to be close to family. Larry was married for 40 years to the love of his life, Beverly Lou Decker, who predeceased him in 1995. He was also predeceased by his son, Randy Decker; as well as seven brothers and sisters. He is survived by his son, Douglas Decker and his wife, Lori; daughter, Debra Lee Massing and her husband, Larry. He is also survived by three grandchildren that he adored, Greg Decker, Amy Decker and Tyler Decker (Massing). Survivors and loved ones also include brothers, Robert "Bob" Decker and his wife, Margaret, and William "Bill" Decker and his wife, Ruth; as well many beloved nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews. Per his wishes, we will be having a "going away" party to send him off to his next incredible journey. The family would like to invite his friends to join them 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at 2149 Fountain Springs Drive, Henderson. Online guest book www.westcobbfuneralhome.com

Published in Las Vegas Review-Journal