January 31, 1920 ~ October 12, 2011
Keith Mellen Decker, a 56 year resident of Torrance, California, passed away on Wednesday, October 12, 2011, in Woodland Hills, California. Born on January 31, 1920, in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, Keith was 91 when he died. Keith had served in the U.S. Army during World War II, as a 1st Lieutenant, and led a platoon of Light Tanks, facing battle in Normandy and Central France.
Keith attended Foxcroft Academy, where he played football and excelled in his studies, before enlisting in the Army. After the war, Keith served an apprenticeship at Fay-Scott Corp. in Dexter, Maine, in Machine Shop practices. After moving to California, he received his diploma from Torrance High School and took a diversity of classes at El Camino College.
Keith worked as a Machinist and Lead man at Fay-Scott Corp. in Dexter, Maine from 1945 – 1953, and Northrop Aircraft Corp. in Calif. from 1954 – 1963; he worked at U.C.L.A. from 1963- 1986, as a supervisor of the Chemistry Research Machine Shop, where he and his staff of laboratory mechanicians designed and constructed research equipment, and he most enjoyed this work.
Keith was a member of the American Legion and a founding sponsor of the National Museum of the United States Army. Keith enjoyed travelling throughout the United States, especially to visit his relatives in Maine, and entertaining his family. He had a passion for woodworking, making clocks, tables, and birdhouses, and fixing anything that his family or friends needed help with. He enjoyed feeding birds and squirrels, observing wildlife, and caring for all animals. He was an active member of the South Bay Camera Club in California, and he was an awarded photographer.
He is survived by his daughters, Stephanie Code, of West Hills, CA; Diane Garretty, of Hawthorne, CA; sons Keith A. Decker of Riverside, CA; Victor Hewett of Ashburn, Virginia; his three sisters, Kay Merrill and Teresa Pratt, of Dover-Foxcroft, and Barbara Burrill, of Lincoln, Maine, several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews, who will miss him so very much, and are thankful for the time they had with him. He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Doriene (Tash) Decker, daughter Sandra Mae Decker, and by his parents, Everett and Gertrude Decker.
The service will be held at the graveside on October 21, 2011, at 11:00 a.m., at the Dover Cemetery in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine.
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