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Walter J. Dec

May 13, 1924 ~ March 26, 2022 (age 97) 97 Years Old
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Walter J. Dec, 97, of Owasco passed away peacefully on March 26, 2022, at his home. Mr. Dec was born in Auburn on May 13, 1924, to the late John and Catherine (Mierzwa) Dec. Walter proudly served in the United States Army during WWII, receiving a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. He retired from Carrier as a Time Study Engineer. Walter was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church and a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed spending time golfing and bowling with friends.

Walter is survived by his daughter, Debra (Gary) Derouin; his son, Derrick (Karen) Dec; his grandchildren, Edel (Jessie Calvetti) Derouin, Aaron (Cassidy) Derouin, Jeffrey Dec, Dr. Vernon (Min) Peryea and Amy (Jim) Fitzgerald; his great grandchildren, Elliot, Abigail, Caitlin and Natalie.

Along with his parents, Walter was predeceased by his loving wife of 64 years, Irene (Luczak) Dec; his sisters, Jane, Julia and Frances and his brothers, Peter, Joseph, Ignacius, Lawrence and Midge.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Walter's caregivers, Edel and Cassidy Derouin, Jeanne Granato and Hospice of the Finger Lakes, for the kind and compassionate care they provided.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, March 31st from 5pm-7pm in White Chapel Funeral Home Inc., 197 South Street, Auburn. A funeral service will be held Friday at 10am in the funeral home. Interment will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery.

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March 31, 2022

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
White Chapel Funeral Home
197 South Street
Auburn, NY 13021

Funeral Service
April 1, 2022

10:00 AM
White Chapel Funeral Home
197 South Street
Auburn, NY 13021


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