The Rev. John Stanford Decker


The Rev. John Stanford Decker, 90, a retired Great Plains clergy member, born September 4, 1931; died November 5, 2021. He served appointments in Natoma-Pleasant Plain; Clyde-Agenda; Osborne; Arkansas City; Abilene; Wichita and Garden City. He was the district superintendent in Hutchinson before retirement in 1995. He married Dorothy Elizabeth Bellman on June 14, 1953, in Topeka. He later married Barbara Ann Hunt Bays on October 16, 1982, in Abilene.  He is survived by his wife, Barbara; daughter, Patricia (Randall) McMains; son, David (Ivy Arroyo); stepsons, Todd (Claire) Bays; and Scott (Kim) Bays; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandsons. Services were held at the First United Methodist Church in Wichita November 12, 2021, with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery in Enterprise, Kansas.