Elmer Ray Deckard was born March 8, 1941, in Alton, Mo., the son of William Ray Deckard and Susie Alta Synder Deckard. He died Sept. 7, 2008, in West Plains, Mo., at the age of 67.
Despite his handicap, Elmer lived and enjoyed a full life. He loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing with his dad and other family members.
He is survived by: five brothers, Glenn Deckard, Harlin Deckard, Lloyd Deckard and Wayne Deckard all of Alton; three sisters, Beulah Metz and Mary Deckard both of Alton and Wilma Vest of Oran, Mo.; several nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by: his parents, Ray and Susie Deckard; and one brother, Franklin Deckard.
Funeral services were held Sept. 10 in the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Mo, with Rev. Robert Wiggs officiating. Burial followed in the Bailey Cemetery near Alton, with arrangements under the direction of the Carter Funeral Home of Thayer.