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Oct. 10. 1925-May 30, 2014

Peter Earl Decker, 88, of Billings, Mont., passed away at St. Vincent Healthcare on May 30, 2014.

Peter was born on October 10, 1925, in Big Timber, Mont., to Peter Earl and Della (Scyphers) Decker. Pete grew up in Bozeman, Mont., and after finishing high school he immediately enlisted in the United States Marine Corps.

When his military service ended in 1946, he returned to Bozeman and graduated from MSU in 1950. While attending MSU he met Mary Kay Archibald at a dance and they were married on September 17, 1947, in Sheridan, Wyo.

In 1951 Pete went to work at Fred Briggs Distributing Company, and never left the beer business., which over time he purchased from Fred. He retired in 1992 after 41 years. Pete remained involved in the business until the time he moved into the Vista at St. John's in 2011.

Pete and Mary Kay cherished their time on Lake Melissa in Minnesota, especially when we all showed up. Our family is celebrating 100 years on Lake Melissa this summer, and we appreciate his efforts to enable us to be a part of that great tradition.

Preceding Pete in death were his parents, his sister Colleen, and his wife Mary Kay.

Pete is survived by his daughters Karen (Jake) Boyer and Susan (Rue Liggett) Decker; sons Ken (Sandy) Decker, Steve Decker and John (Claudia) Decker; brother Bob (Lorraine) Decker; grandchildren Tim Hofferber, Jens Bruhaug, Anne Decker-Zarkos, Adam and Laura Decker, Jon Sillitti and Paul (Romita) Sillitti; great grandchildren Kirsten Bruhaug, Zoe and Niko Zarkos.

Memorial Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 24 in the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 310 N. 27th Street in Billings.

Memorials can be sent to the Shriner's Hospital, Al Bedoo Temple, PO Box 20673, Billings, MT 59104-0673; the Pete and Mary Kay Decker Scholarship Fund at Rocky Mountain College, 1511 Poly Drive, Billings, MT 59102; or the charity of your choice.

Arrangements are in the care of the staff at Dahl Funeral Chapel and memories may be shared with the family online at