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Beloved husband and father, Lewis Deckard (Elvin Lewis Deckard) passed away comfortably January 5, 2012 with family by his side.

Lewis was born July 12, 1934 in Bristol, Tennessee, to Sarah and Blake Deckard. He is the last of six children to pass.

Surviving family members: Emma Colleen Deckard, devoted and loving wife of nearly 56 years; eldest daughter, Kathleen Deckard-Staman (husband John W. Staman, III); youngest daughter Robin Newman; Robin’s eldest daughter Sarah Blazer (husband Trevor and their sons, Ty and Chase); and Robin’s youngest daughter Lauren Newman. Lewis and Colleen’s dearest and only son Lewis Howard Deckard passed away on May 13, 1979.

As a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather (Poppy), Lewis brought so much love, joy, peace, and happiness into the lives of everyone he touched. As an avid fisherman all of his life, he had many tall fish-tales of his adventures. Just this summer he was fishing with his best friend of fifty-one years, Jim Redd (wife Pam).

Lewis’ family and friends in Tennessee, Louisiana, North, South Carolina, Texas, and his military associations were always in his thoughts and prayers. He spoke often and lovingly of his family and friends. He treasured visits and long distance conversations with them over the years.

The Air Force became Lewis’ career in 1952, and he was honorably discharged in 1979 at Peterson Field Air Force Base. He continued to support Military Air Force efforts in the Civil Service until 1984, and then for a few years, he worked for a security contractor at Peterson Field.

Charity was very important to the Deckard’s and support to feed the hungry was always considered. Lewis continued to support his family church Woodlawn Baptist Church in Bristol, Tennessee. Giving shall be giver’s choice—do a good deed, provide a meal to someone in need, or sit and talk to someone who is lonely…

The family and friends of Lewis (Poppy) Deckard will miss a fine gentleman.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at the Shrine of Remembrance “America the Beautiful” Chapel. Graveside services will be held at 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver at Staging Area “C”.

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