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Percy "JR" G. Decker

September 8th, 1939 - June 26th, 2024

Percy (JR) Decker 84 of Syracuse passed away June 26, 2024 surrounded by family. Percy was born in Oneonta New York. He graduated from Broome Tech College with a business degree. He married his high school sweetheart Ruth Hanford on July 7, 1957. In 1959 he moved to Syracuse. He went to work for Pratt Plymouth. He later went to work at Win Gurney Pontiac working his way up the ladder until he was a business partner. After Win Gurney Pontiac was sold he went into business for himself selling used cars. He owned Decker Motor Car Inc. He had many locations. Park & Hiawatha, Burnet & Thompson. 

He is predeceased by his father Percy Decker Sr, his mother Mildred Hitt Decker, brother Dilbert Decker, his sisters Evelyn Pratt and Iona Sitts. 

He is survived by his wife of 67 years Ruth Hanford Decker. His daughter Debbie (Joe) Simon. His son Darin. 3 grandchildren, Joey Simon, Jackie Rosenberg (Jacob) and Jess Simon. And 3 great-grandchildren. 

There will be no services. The family will be having a private celebration of life.

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Scott & Linda English

Scott & I have bought our vehicles from JR since 1996 and he always found the right fit for us. My dad knew him for many years and referred Scott & me to him when we were looking for our 1st minivan. We had a great relationship with him and always enjoyed going to see him when it was time to replace a vehicle. JR was kind, compassionate and funny. We will miss him. Our thoughts and sincere sympathy to his family. Scott and Linda English

Published July 2nd, 2024
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Tony DiBiase

JR was a warm, thoughtful, gregarious, kind, generous man. When GM of Win Gurney he sponsored my first effort at automobile racing. I'll never forget the look of pride and excitement he had when I presented him with the trophy of the first race won. In later years I would run into him and he would always have the same smile and zest for life. My most sincere condolences to his beloved family.

Published June 30th, 2024
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Bob Gaeta

JR was a a true "friend and mentor" for me in the automobile business . After we met in the early 1970s - we quickly started doing business together & his advice over the years always led me down the right path. My prayers & thoughts are with the family.

Published July 1st, 2024
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