Tricounty News

Thomas 'Tommy' Decker, 31

w-Tom DeckerThomas "Tommy" Decker died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, killed in the line of duty in Cold Spring. He was 31.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at St. John's Abbey and University Church in Collegeville. Burial will follow in the St. Nicholas Catholic Cemetery in St. Nicholas. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring. Arrangements were by Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring.

Tommy was born in St. Cloud to John and Rosella (Stein) Decker. He married Alicia Glynn Oct. 22, 2011, in Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Cold Spring. Tommy was a wonderful father and loving husband. He was a son that his parents were always able to be proud of. Tommy was a brother, uncle, and a friend to many. He enjoyed fishing, traveling, hunting, and playing games. He designed several police patches and was an avid patch collector. Tommy taught religion for many years at the church in St. Nicholas. He loved spending time with his wife and children, wrestling in the living room or dancing in the kitchen. Tommy was a man who was a remarkable communicator who showed respect and compassion regardless of their individual circumstances. He loved his wife Alicia and his children; they were the sparkle in his eye.

Tommy was a police officer for the Cold Spring/Richmond Police Department. He served as a police officer for 10 years, serving in the communities of Isle, Watkins, Kimball, and since 2006 for the Cold Spring/Richmond Police Department. During his years of service, Tommy was a firearms instructor, CornerHouse Certified, received five Letters of Appreciation, and one Special Commendation (the department's second-highest award, involving heroism).

Decker was preceded in death by his sister Susie, and his grandparents Ernest and Mary Decker, and Tony and Clare Stein.

He is survived by his wife Alicia; children Kelly, Jade, Justin and Devon; parents; siblings Eddie (and Becky) Decker, Larry (and Judy) Decker, Terry Decker, Billy Decker, Shelly, and Joey Decker; in-laws Tom Hinze and Peggy Glynn-Hinze, and brother-in-law Anthony Glynn.

Memorials are preferred to the Tom Decker Memorial Fund at 1st National Bank in Cold Spring, State Bank of Cold Spring, Central MN Federal Credit Union in Cold Spring, or any Wells Fargo location.