Born 12-8-1909 -- Died 9-8-2004
Tommy Deckard, 94, of Alton, Mo., was born Dec. 8, 1909, in Alton, Mo., and died Sept. 8, 2004, at St. John's Medical Center in Springfield, Mo.
Survivors include a son, Troy Deckard of Alton, Mo.; a daughter, Lola Gutzler of St. Louis, Mo.; six sisters -- Bonnie Adams. Jewel Dildine, Virgie Moore, Sarah Pettie, Eulah Mae Walker and Lizzie Walker; two brothers -- Alfred Deckard and Ira Deckard; three grandchildren -- Troy Deckard Jr. of Alton, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Merritt of Ballwin, Mo., and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gutzler Jr. of St. Louis, Mo.; five great-grandchildren -- Zachary and Abigail Merritt, Jamisha Brandon and Christopher Gutzler; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Preceding him in death were his wife, Della Deckard; his parents, James and Elizabeth Sisco-Deckard; his stepmother, Nettie Steves-Deckard; four brothers -- Henry Deckard, Ray Deckard, Marion Deckard, and Jess Deckard; three sisters -- Emma Thompson, Corey "Minnie" Deckard and Marylee Deckard; and a granddaughter, Jackie Lynn Merritt.
The funeral was Sept. 11 in the Clary Chapel with Doc Barton officiating. Interment was in the Bailey Cemetery with arrangements under the direction of the Clary Funeral Home of Alton, Mo.