John Henry Dekker, age 90, of Hendersonville, NC went home to be with his lord on Saturday June 16, 2018. John was born August 16, 1927 in Glendale California; the son of the late Albert Orno Dekker and Rose-Marie Moore Dekker. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two of his children, daughter Carrie …read more
John Henry Dekker, age 90, of Hendersonville, NC went home to be with his lord on Saturday June 16, 2018. John was born August 16, 1927 in Glendale California; the son of the late Albert Orno Dekker and Rose-Marie Moore Dekker. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two of his children, daughter Carrie Lynn Dekker Cotoli and son Frank Albert Dekker, his two brothers David Bliss Dekker and Albert Henry Dekker and sister Mary Elizabeth (Betsy) Dekker Light and husband Shelby.
John lived a great loving life that he shared with everyone around him. He regaled his friends with stories of his life that were so entertaining that he was often asked for more stories. John was always kind and willing to lend a helping hand to anyone who asked. Over the years of his geophysical work, he developed a lasting and deep respect for the earth.
As a young boy of 12 he started mowing lawns in the neighborhood and earned enough money to buy a car at age 16, following which he began working as a soda jerk and fry cook at the Westport Beach Club, Long Beach, CA, and later worked making rubber gaskets for wing tanks in airplanes during WWII. At 17he graduated from high school and attempted to enlist in the Navy but was not accepted because he was deaf in one ear. As a result he began a summer job as a Chevron station manager in Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite National Park. In the fall of 1945 he was drafted intothe Army as a private (they said he was faking his deafness). He advanced to battalion supply sergeant with the 11th Airborne Division while on occupation duty in Sendai, Japan and was honorably discharged in 1947.
John received a BS degree in geology from The University of Washington at Seattle in 1950. He went to work for United Geophysical Corp. in California and then moved and worked across the country throughout the Rockies to coast of the Gulf of Mexico performing every job on a seismic crew searching for oil and gas and advanced to Party Chief. In 1956 he went to work for Chevron Oil in New Orleans as a geophysicist and in 1960 for Union Oil of California as Division Geophysicist. In 1965 he became a geophysical consultant and worked for a dozen different oil and gas companies. Also, as a consultant he performed many plant site studies for atomic powered electric plants. As a loving and dedicated father and scout master he led his family on many camping vacations to our Great Beautiful National Parks. Many summers were spent with his family at Philmont Scout Ranch.
In 2000 he retired and in 2006 moved to Hendersonville, North Carolina where he volunteered with “Disability Partners”, teaching computer skills to disabled people. He served on the Board of Indian Hill Home Owners Association, Hendersonville Board of Adjustments and was active in the Republican Party.
John is survived by his Loving Wife, of 49 years, Virginia Lind Dekker, his three children, Son Jan Garrett Dekker and his wife Ruby, his Daughter Laurie Dekker Jobe and her husband Bill, and Daughter Rose Mary Dekker, his grandchildren Heather Prince Barrios, Katherine Bree Shaffstall, Kirstie Ann Kreeger, Thomas Edward Dekker, Sara Elizabeth Cusack, Travis James Cusack, Paul BrunoCotoli, and multiple great grandchildren who loved and adored him.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at St John-in-the-Wilderness Episcopal Church, 1895 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock, NC , reception to follow service.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations in John’s memory be directed to Blue Ridge Humane Society of Hendersonville, NC, 88 Centipede Ln, 28792.
Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors and Cremation Memorial Center is in charge of the arrangements.
Date: Saturday, June 30, 2018
Reception following the service
Date: Saturday, June 30, 2018
Time: 10:00 am
St. John-in-the-Wilderness Episcopal Church
1895 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock, NC
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