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DECKER, Lawrence Peter Beloved husband, father and grandfather, Lawrence 'Larry' Peter Decker passed away peacefully at the age of 92 on November 20, 2010, at Lancaster Community Hospital in Lancaster, California. Lawrence was preceded in death by 10 brothers and sisters, as he was the 'baby' of the family. Lawrence was born on a farm in Dorchester, Wisconsin, on January 23, 1918. He moved to Los Angeles in 1936, where he got a job with Glaser Brothers working in their warehouse in shipping and transportation. He worked there until 1940, then went to work for Lockheed, shipping bomber parts to England for Hudson Bay bombers. When World War II broke out Lawrence went overseas to England and Ireland for Lockheed. After eight months he was shipped back to Los Angeles and joined the Navy. After completing boot camp in Idaho, Lawrence was again commandeered to work in shipping and transportation in Oakland, California, shipping parts for planes, blood and other supplies to Hawaii. In 1946, he met and married Florine, and in 1947, went to work for Young's Market Company. He moved his family to Lancaster in 1966, and retired from Young's Market in 1980. Larry is survived by his wife Florine of 64 years, as well as daughter and son-in-law Joyce and Peter Soos of Lancaster, daughter Karen Decker of Santa Monica, three granddaughters Elaine, Elizabeth and Theresa, one great-grandson Jack and many nieces and nephews. Larry was a 60 year member of the Masonic Order and celebrated his 50 year membership in 2001. His love of golf, hunting, fishing and family sustained him throughout his retirement. A Masonic Memorial Service is pending.

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