Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Ferris Decker, 85, Blooming Prairie

Ferris “Chip” Leland Decker, age 85 of Blooming Prairie, passed away Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at Prairie Manor Care Center in Blooming Prairie.

Chip was born on July 23, 1933 at home in Waltham, to Alex and Irene (Dahle) Decker. He was baptized at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in rural Waltham. Chip graduated from Blooming Prairie High School in 1953. Following high school in February of 1955, he enlisted into the Unites States Army, serving his country until his honorable discharge in February of 1957. Chip’s father passed away when he was 14 and he and his brother took over the farm at that time.

On March 17, 1958, Chip married Patricia “Pat” Kading at the minister, Rev. Weeks home in Hayfield. Together they raised five children: Mitchell, Mark, Todd, Diane and Allison. Chip was a dairy and crop farmer and was also a licensed and bonded livestock dealer. He raised his family on the same farm he grew up on. Chip was a loving husband and very good father, who was a hard worker and loved his family dearly. 

Survivors include his wife, Patricia Decker of Blooming Prairie, children, Mitchell (Julie) Klempf of Dodge Center, Mark Decker of Waltham, Todd (Tiffany) Decker of Waltham, Diane (Dan) Bergstrom of Austin, Allison (Ben) Bergstrom of Dexter; 13 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren with one on the way; siblings, Janice Hartzell of San Antonio, Texas, Jille Peterson of Austin, Bob (Judy) Beck of Shakopee, Sandra (Joe) Ketelboeter of Shakopee, Jennelle (Denny) Betz of Farmington; sisters-in-law, Isabelle Decker of Brownsville, Texas, Sally Beck of Shakopee.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alex and Irene Decker; step-mom, Alice Schultz; siblings, Alex Decker, Barbara Decker, Marlys Decker, Mary (Ray) Greene, Gary Beck, and Karen Stoen; brothers-in-law, Donald Hertzell and Harold Peterson.

A private family service will be held at Worlein Blooming Prairie Funeral Home Chapel in Blooming Prairie. Interment will be in Waltham Cemetery, rural Waltham, with military honors by the Blooming Prairie Honor Guard.

Worlein Funeral Home of Blooming Prairie is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

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