THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
James A. Dechert
James A. Dechert, 73, of Marinette, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Friday, Jan. 24.
Born May 11, 1940 in Milwaukee to Gladys (Siewert) Dechert and the late Henry Dechert, he spent his early life in Milwaukee before entering military service in the United States Army. He was a veteran of the Korean War and attained the rank of 1st Lieutenant, later serving assignments in the states, the last at Fort Knox, Ky. After discharge, he remained there as a civilian wildlife manager until returning to Wisconsin. He then pursued a Doctorate in Wildlife Biology at UW-Madison. He married the former Nancy A. Tyler on July 30, 1994 and they moved to the Marinette area in 1997.
President of the local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, he was an outdoorsman and enjoyed deer hunting and fly fishing.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy; two sons, Duane Charles (Melanie) Dechert, of Pardeeville and Nicholas Dechert, of Marinette; three grandchildren and his mother, Gladys Dechert, of Marinette.
Friends may call at Faith Baptist Church in Peshtigo on Thursday, Jan. 30 from 3 p.m. until time of funeral services at 4 p.m. with Rev. Archer Leupp officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his name may be made to either the Menominee Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 673, Menominee, Mi. 49858 or the NWTF Development Department, National Wild Turkey Federation, P.O. Box 530, Edgefield, S.C. 29824. Hansen Onion Martell Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.