CASPER—A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 8 at the Church of Christ, 2344 E. 2nd Street, Casper, Wyoming for Janet Faye Decker who passed away after a short illness Saturday, December 1, 2018. Janet was 80.
Janet was born January 31, 1938 in Powell, Wyoming to Gordon and Vera Loomis who farmed in the Powell Valley. She graduated from Powell High School in 1957 and worked at Gambles in Billings, Montana for a short time before marrying Paul James “Jim” Decker on December 29, 1957. Janet caught Jim’s eye during her sophomore year of high school. In true chivalrous fashion he ran up behind her as she was getting ready to board the school bus and asked her if she would go out on a date with him. She replied, “I have to ask my mom”, and after a positive report from her older brother, Gale, the date was approved.
After their marriage Jim and Janet moved to Heart Mountain to farm. Jim farmed a few years and then the family moved to Laramie for Jim to finish his education. The family moved frequently with Jim’s career living in Wyoming, Montana, Colorado and the Washington DC area. After Jim’s retirement they moved back to Powell and then to Casper in 2015.
Janet valued faith, family and friends above all. Janet was a fabulous cook and hostess. All were welcome in her home with the kitchen being the center of all activity. She loved to travel, counting her 16 trips to Alaska among her fondest memories. Camping at the Wapiti campground on the North Fork of the Shoshone, with family, was a most treasured memory. Janet was a talented artist, quilter and crafter. However, nothing was more important than leading a faithful Christian life.
Janet’s survivors include her husband of 60 years, Jim; sons, Craig and his wife, Patti of Wasilla, Alaska, Stanley and his wife, Lisa, of Casper, and Gary and his wife, Shannon, of Casper; her siblings, Gale Loomis and his wife, Terry of West Yellowstone Montana, Glen Loomis and his wife, Virginia also of West Yellowstone, and Dorris and Wayne Sternitzky of Overland Park Kansas; nine grandchildren, Adam, Logan, Cody, Ariel, Jodi, Heather, Brian, Sunny and Jamison; as well as nine great-grandchildren.
Janet was preceded in death by her parents, Gordon and Vera Loomis; son, Rodney; and grandson, Jason.
Flowers are welcome. However, those who wish can contribute to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in her memory.
In accordance with Janet’s wishes she has been cremated. At some point in the future Jim and Janet will be united once again in the waters of the North Fork of the Shoshone at Wapiti and in heaven, faithful Christians in life and eternity.