Donald Edward DeCock Jr., 79, Ottawa: April 18, 1939 – Sept. 26, 2018

OTTAWA, Kan. – Donald Edward DeCock, Jr., 79, of Ottawa, Kan., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018 at the Ransom Memorial Hospital, Ottawa. He was born April 18, 1939, in Osage City, Kan., the son of Edward Donald DeCock and Marian Jeni (Vanderslice) DeCock.

He was a near lifelong Ottawa resident graduating from Ottawa High School with the class of 1957. After graduation, Don served his country in the United State Army for 11 years attaining the rank of staff sergeant. He earned the National Defense Service Medal, Expert Badge for the M-14 and the Good Conduct Medal. He was a drill sergeant and a member the 24th Combat Engineer Infantry. Don was a lifelong skilled laborer, working many years for Skyhook as a painter and for Bob Becket Construction as a steel building builder.

Don loved the outdoors and wild life. He always had chickens to raise and spent many days tending to his chickens, of which at one time accumulated to over 200 chickens. He enjoyed fishing with his family and coin hunting when he could find the time. He never missed the opportunity for a good debate, and if he could he would spend the entire day out in nature. He felt close to the wildlife and the earth when he was outside.

On March 24, 1962, Don was united in marriage to Shirley Parkison, in Ottawa. They shared more than 52 years of loving marriage until the death of Shirley on March 3, 2015.

Don was also preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Rosemary Ledom, Patricia Griffin; daughter, Denise Stierlin; and a great grandson John Gorby.

He is survived by four children, Ed DeCock, Ottawa, Carol Unsderfer and her husband, Bill, Salina, Kan., Ronald DeCock, Ottawa, Jennie West and her husband, Ron, Ames, Iowa; three siblings, Alfred DeCock and his wife, Linda, Ottawa, Diane Brannon and her husband, Paul, Ottawa, Kathy English and her husband, Robert, Ottawa; 11 grandchildren, Erik DeCock, Renee DeCock, Amanda Somsel and her husband, Josh, William Unsderfer, Charlie Unsderfer, Dennis Unsderfer, Emma Unsderfer, Cydnie DeCock, Derron Hays, Cassie Hays and her significant other, John, Bethany Hays and her significant other, Christian; and 11 great grandchildren.

Graveside services and Interment will be held 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, at Highland Cemetery, 1050 E. 15th St., Ottawa. The family will receive friends 9:30-11 a.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home, prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kansas Wildlife Fund and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, 325 S. Hickory St., PO Box 14, Ottawa, KS 66067.

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