Afton racer Wade Decker killed in logging accident

AFTON _ Wade Elliott Decker, 37, of Afton, passed away tragically on Monday, Dec. 5, 2011, as the result of a logging accident.

Wade was born on June 16, 1974, son of Hank Decker and Susan (Briggs) Decker in Sidney. On April 5, 1997, Wade married Brenda Scott in Bainbridge.

Wade always had a passion of racing the “1W,” a hobby that was enjoyed by his entire family. When his daughter, Connor, arrived, his family shared in that new dream. In the last few years, Wade gave up racing to support his daughter in her dream: softball. He was an amazing father and husband.

Wade is survived by his best friend of over 23 years and loving wife of 14 years, Brenda Decker; his daughter, Connor Decker, whom was so special to him. His eyes would light up whenever she entered a room; he just adored her. Also surviving are Wade’s father, Hank Decker and Diane Nevada; his mother, Sue Decker and Billy Latham; his grandmother, Letha Briggs; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Kurt and Lanie Decker and Mike and Jen Decker; nieces and nephews, Caleb, Damon, Hailee, Dylan, Leah and Brianna; special uncle, Justin Briggs; and special friends in Wade’s life, Josh Akshar, who was like a son to Wade, Chris Still, who was like a brother to him, Steve Collins and Michael Decker; and a special thank you to all his race fans and Norm Aprile for all his help with making the family dream achievable.

Friends are invited to call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, at C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney, NY 13838.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, at the funeral chapel with the Rev. Fred Albrecht officiating. Burial will follow in Glenwood Cemetery, Afton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Wade Decker Memorial Fund, c/o NBT Bank of Afton, 182 Main St., Afton, NY 13730.

Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.landersfh.com.

In continuing Wade’s dream, please wear racing or sports attire in his memory.

Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney.