Stephen Decker Donned Several Hats at Skamper

January 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Stephen Decker

Former owner of Skamper Corp. Stephen T. “Steve” Decker, 67, of Elkhart, Ind., passed away Jan. 23 at his home.

Decker was a CPA and president and owner of Skamper Corp. in Bristol, Ind., and co-owner of JV Supply in Elkhart. During his many years in the RV industry he served on many boards with the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). After he retired, he was a substitute teacher for Concord and Elkhart community schools. He was a member of Crossroads Community Church, Stephen’s Ministry and Gideons International. He graduated from Marion (Ind.) High School, where he was active in sports. He attended Indiana State University and then graduated with his master’s degree from Ball State University. He enjoyed camping.

Decker was born June 12, 1944, in Seymour, Ind., to the late Donald E. and Betty G. (Walters) Decker. Also preceding him in death was a sister, Shirley Jean Decker.

On Sept. 26, 1989, in Las Vegas, Steve married Rose A. Kiser. They have enjoyed 22 years of marriage. She survives along with sons Don “Spike” Decker, Dave Decker, Doug Decker and Christopher (Holly) Decker, all of Elkhart; daughters Stephani (Joe) Carnevale of Cicero, Ind., and Amy Davies of Elkhart. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren and sisters Paula Decker of Mishawaka and Margaret (Biff) Osborn of Marion; and his former wife, Toni Decker of Elkhart.

Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. today with visitation for one hour prior at Crossroads Community Church, 57415 Alpha Drive, Goshen, Ind. Pastors James Fischer, Marc Royer and Tim Fisher will officiate. Private family burial will follow at Little Pine Cemetery.

The family requests memorials be made to Gideons International in Steve’s memory. To leave the family an online condolence or share memories with the family, please visit our website at


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