The son of Alfred and Roslyn Decker, Jerry was born Oct. 17, 1933, in Alliance, Nebraska. He attended McCook Community College, Kearney State College and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, earning a doctorate in education. Jerry spent three years with the Nebraska Department of Education and over 34 years in elementary education, including 21 years with the Lincoln Public Schools. In 1992, he was honored as the National Distinguished Elementary Principal of the Year of the State of Nebraska.
Jerry was united in marriage with Mary Phillipson in 1954. After his service in the United States Air Force, they made their home in Nebraska. He was involved in many civic and professional organizations, taking both support and leadership roles. In Lincoln, Jerry was known as the Teddy Bear Principal - with his office filled with stuffed teddy bears.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, 11 a.m., Jan. 5, 2015, at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Lincoln with his uncle, Rev. Raymond Decker and Rev. Caleb La Rue officiating. The rosary will be recited Sunday, 7 p.m. at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church.
Cremation, no visitation. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, LPS Foundation or UNL Foundation.
Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.