LaVonne Emily Decker

1938 - 2020

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LaVonne Emily Decker, age 81, of Findlay, died at 10:20am on Thursday, September 3, 2020, at Bridge Hospice in Findlay. She was born on September 15, 1938, in Denver, Colorado to the late John T. and Emma Alice (Longaker)Detwiler. She married Robert R. Lydick Sr. on August 8, 1958 they divorced and he died on July 11, 2011. She married Clark A. Decker on August 4, 1983 and he died on November 29, 1999. She is survived by sons: Robert (Chris) Lydick of Findlay and Andy Lydick of Findlay; daughters: Ruth Lamme of Findlay and Pam Lydick of Findlay; stepson: Dwight (Penny) Decker of Findlay; stepdaughters: Judy Peterman of Findlay and Terry Huntoon of Findlay; brother: Wayne Detwiler of Colorado; half sister: Connie Ferguson of Columbus, Ohio; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by daughter: Johnna Lydick; brother: Randy Detwiler and sister: Lorraine Lear. LaVonne had worked as a lunch monitor for the Findlay City Schools at McKinley and Whittier. She retired as a custodian at Old Main at the University of Findlay. She was a member of Howard United Methodist Church in Findlay. She enjoyed taking pictures, working on puzzles, attending the Gospel Pavillion at the Fairgrounds, where she also liked helping with the Sand Sculpture. She also loved to attend gospel concerts, especially listening to the Sojourners. Due to Covid 19, visitation will be held for relatives only,on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 from 1-3pm at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME in Findlay, where funeral services will be held at the conclusion of the visitation at 3pm. Terry Ferguson will officiate and interment will follow at Maple Grove Cemtery. Online condolences are welcomed at

Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840
    Tuesday, September 8th 2020 1:00 - 3:00 PM

  • Funeral Service:

    Tuesday, September 8th 2020 - 3:00 PM

  • Service Location:

    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

  • Final Resting Place:

    Maple Grove Cemetery [Map]
    1120 W Main Cross St
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

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To : All the family of LaVonne Decker
Date :Thursday, September 3rd 2020
From : Connie Stockdale
I am so very sorry for your family's loss. I only met her a couple of times, but she was a sweet lady.

To : The Family
Date :Thursday, September 3rd 2020
From : Sally and Shari Buis
We're so sad to learn of Vonnie's passing. She's been a family friend for a long time and we will miss her, as we're sure you will too. She lived a long time and was blessed. Sending caring thoughts and prayers as you grieve.

To : The Family
Date :Friday, September 4th 2020
From : Becky Freeman and son
Your all in our prayers God Bless you all

To : The family
Date :Friday, September 4th 2020
From : Joyce Butcher
I visited LaVonne@Birchaver while she recovered from rotocuff.All my visit we're wonderful. I was bless everyday and she was so happy when I came everyday. Then she attended Upper Room with Johnna.Everone loved them both and so did I. We prayed, laughed and enjoyed each other. She will be sadly missed by me.God just took another angel home.

To : the family
Date :Friday, September 4th 2020
From : Sue Tackett
I am so very sorry to hear about LaVonne's passing. She was a beautiful soul and will be missed. You are all in my heart and thoughts.

Sue Tackett

To : The Lydick Family
Date :Friday, September 4th 2020
From : Debbie Brown
Prayers be with all of your family.

To : LaVonne Emily Decker
Date :Friday, September 4th 2020
From : Sue Wooten Cathy Cunningham
Ruth Pam Andy & Bob

So sorry for your loss she was a Great lady & A Super Aunt. Here if you need to talk. Thanks for or the great memories we've had to gather

Love ya all Sue & Cathy

To : The Decker family
Date :Friday, September 4th 2020
From : Kay Youngs
I’m so sorry for your loss. LaVonne was a very special lady to many of us. Prayers for all of you during these next few days ahead.πŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌ

To : The Lydick and Decker Families
Date :Saturday, September 5th 2020
From : Judy Butler
I was so sorry to read about LaVonne's passing. We became acquainted at Findlay College and I always admired her for her wonderful photography skills and her passion for gospel singing. I remember her being especially fond of The Sojourners. She was very special.
With condolences,
Judy Butler

To : The LaVonne's family
Date :Sunday, September 6th 2020
From : Howard United Methodist Church
LaVonne was a full member of Howard United Methodist Church since 1976. We have many albums of pictures that she took of what we called our "joys" through the years. We mourn the loss of her as you do. May God be with you in the days ahead.

To : My great aunt LaVonne's family
Date :Thursday, September 10th 2020
From : Your great niece Tiffany Lear
This going to be long. Because I'm putting my memories of great aunt LaVonne on here. Instead of say sorry for our loss. I want to embrace the good times. First of all let me tell you about who I am. My grandma Lorraine Lear was her sister. And her son Douglas Lear was my father. So that made me her great niece. Yes not only was there grandkids, great grand kids, and great great grandkids. LaVonne was also a great aunt and yes even a great great aunt. I think even more greats than that. But my memories of her started between spending my summers or staying with her sister Lorraine Lear; my grandma .
1. We would always take walks in the mornings, whether it was around the block. Sometimes we would stop at the sugar shack on Blanchard to grab something sweet. For on the way home. Or walking the mall. Man that was a workout. You and grandma would make sure you got your walk in the mornings and tire me out.
2.The sand sculpture at the park was one of my favorite. I knew you all were very close to Mr. Powell and his family. I remember you and grandma both helped with that.
3. You always encourage me to do my art. And loved going to the fair to see what ribbons I had won (always grand ribbon or first place).Me I always went to see your beautiful pics and ribbons as well. Lots and lots of pics you took. You and grandma both did so many beautiful pics of the family and nature. I ran into you and grandma so many times at rite-aid on main Street or Wal-Mart on Tiffin Ave. Taking your many rolls of films in. Always mistaking you both as one or the other because of how close you resembled each other at times. But we always laughed. Because you guys wore the same outfits all the time.Its amazing you never gave up on those film cameras. You and grandma never went to a digital. Your pics were so perfect though you would never know the difference. Also all the other things besides your pics you and grandma entered. I think you and grandma put some antique in there as well. I know grandma put some of her porcelain shoes in and a couple other things. Plus grandpa and grandma did paintings. I know there were a couple times I seen those. Plus some of my cousins and siblings things as well. And aunts and uncles. I don't remember what all you put in. But I'm sure they were as beautiful as your pics. 4. I remember listening to you guys sing at the pavilion tent at the fair The gospel group always sounded amazing. And always my favorite songs and its funny you and grandma have the same songs I love as well. " How great thou art". My favorite verse was "And when I think of God, His Son not sparing, sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in. That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing. He bled and died to take away my sin. Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee How great Thou art, how great Thou art Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee. How great Thou art, how great Thou art." And " Amazing grace" favorite little part in that song was "How precious did that grace appear. The hour I first believed." or the song " The old rugged cross." "To the old rugged cross I will ever be true. It's shame and reproach gladly bear. Then he'll call me someday to my home far away. Where his glory forever I'll share." Also "Our God is an awesome god" favorite verse was
"And when the sky was starless in the void of the night
(Our God is an awesome God)
He spoke into the darkness
And created the light (Our God is an awesome God)Judgement and wrath He poured out on Sodom
Mercy and grace he gave us at the cross. I hope that we have not
Too quickly forgotten that
Our God is an awesome god. Our God is an awesome God
He reigns from heaven above
With wisdom, power, and love
Our God is an awesome god. Then last bit not least Easter song "Arise my love" verse that I loved was "Death, where is your sting Hell has been defeated the grave could not hold the King
Arise, My Love arise, My Love The grave no longer has a hold on You No more death's sting
No more suffering Arise, arise, arise" and last bit definitely not last. "Open the eyes of my heart, Lord Open the eyes of my heart I want to see You I want to see You…
5.There are verses in the bible that give me strength like my great aunt as well"Lord give me strength to accept the things I can not change. The courage for the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference" another one Psalm 23:4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. I have so many. So I will type one more Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
6. Your angel food or upside down cake can't remember what type of cake it was but you couldn't miss the pink frosting. You always made that for the family get togethers. It was always yummy. Just like grandma's brownies.
The family gatherings were always big. And full of love. You and grandma always made sure everyone got there fill and made sure we were sent home with leftovers.
8. Even though I never went over to your house. I was told you always had Oreos and vanilla wafars in the cat jar. And the way you did things. You always reminded me of grandma. She had her cookies and her gum on top of the frig. Plus her dove chocolate.
9.You and your sister were my everything, My guidance, my teachers in how to treat others. You two never judged and were always proud of what your family had become. Even when some of us fell. You guys never hurt us. You always gave us hope and said I know you can do it. Whatever happens I still love you and I'm proud of you.
10. Great aunt LaVonne you will be missed dearly by many. But you and grandma Lear can wear your alike outfits take your beautiful pics. Laugh and sit with grandpa Lear and my great uncle. While my sister Olivia Lear dances with grace. Maybe even see grandpa get up with her to dance as well.
To my family. I'm sorry for another loss of a beautiful person. I love you all bunches and bunches. Be humble always and don't take life for granted.
Love Tiffany Grace Lear