Louis Edward “Lou” Decker | The Gonzales Investigator


Louis Edward “Lou” Decker, 44, of Gonzales, Texas, made his heavenly debut in the Almighty Lord Musical Revue on Wednesday, July 27, 2022, after slipping the surly bonds of his earthly body at The Heights of Gonzales following a brief illness.

Louis was born August 22, 1977 in Gonzales to Louis Douglas “LD” Decker Jr. and Marsha Lynn Pigg Decker. He proudly attended Gonzales ISD Schools, graduating as a member of the Gonzales High School Class of 1995. He was an Apache through and through and bled orange and black to his heart. He was a member of the Mighty Apache Band and was a manager and statistician for the school sports teams.

After graduating from high school, Louis attended the University of Texas at Austin and spent five years as a member of the UT Band, the “Showband of the Southwest”, which allowed him to perform on the pitch and see his Longhorns every game day. . Win or lose, he lived to support the Texas Longhorns and Houston Astros.

In his early adult years, you could find Louis decked out in zebra stripes as a referee for high school football games in the South Texas area. He worked for the KCTI radio station, helping to broadcast several sporting events. He also wrote sports for the Gonzales Inquirer, covering not only his own Gonzales Apaches, but also the Nixon-Smiley Mustangs, Waelder Wildcats, Shiner St. Paul Cardinals, and Shiner Comanches as a consummate professional.

Sports were a passion for Louis – watching them on TV or in person, broadcasting them, photographing them and writing about them. He made a habit of knowing everything he could about the participants in any contest and warmly greeted players and coaches, grateful for the opportunity to tell their stories.

Music has played such an important role in Louis’ life. At various times in his life he served as youth director and music director in several different churches. He loved to sing in a quartet with his father LD and was proud to have recorded and sung on several musical compositions, some of which can still be heard on Youtube. Louis loved all music in general, but especially Gospel, and loved sharing his singing gift with others.

Shortly before falling ill, Louis hosted a “karaoke and fried chicken” night for his colleagues at the Gonzales Inquirer, where he worked as an advertising account manager until his health forced him to quit. By the end of the night, Louis was smiling like he had just had the best day of his life because that was all music, his friends, and having fun meant to him.

Louis is survived by his mother, Marsha Lynn Decker; her sister, Kelleye Dawn Decker and her two sons; uncle, Timothy Decker and wife Michelle; his ex-wife, Jennifer, and his children and grandchildren whom he claimed as his own, one daughter, two sons and three grandsons.

He was predeceased by his father, his paternal grandparents, a maternal grandmother and three aunts.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 13, 2022, at St. James Catholic Church, with Father Jason Martini officiating. Interment will take place in a private ceremony at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memoirs can be made on Louis’ GoFundMe account at gofundme.com/manage/hope-health-and-contingency, or on Hospice of South Texas. Contributions to the GoFundMe account will be set aside for his beloved grandsons after friends and family can leave their condolences and sign the guestbook while visiting.www.seydlerhillfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are in the care and direction of Seydler-Hill Funeral Home.

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