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February 21, 2013



At other times, and on occasions between cases, Art would approach the bench and claim he wanted to tell a quick story. It was often the case that I didn’t get his “punch line” when he first delivered it. But there were many times when the meaning of the line later hit me and I would look over at Art, roll his eyes and see him mouth the word “gotcha!” My staff also appreciated his presence and the assistance he gave.

Art enlisted in the Navy in 1961 and left the service in 1971. He served honorably in the Vietnam conflict. 

Among some of the photos Art would e-mail were beautiful scenery shots from frontier places across America that, without hesitation, can be described as awe-inspiring. Art was a humble man and these e-mail messages always evidenced that he knew something existed much greater than all of us. He was at his best talking about America and was absolutely thrilled each and every time the LST would dock at the Port of Jeffersonville.

There would be no stretch of the imagination to surmise that Art Decker is likely in a place now where he is the captain of a fully equipped first-class Navy ship. He is enjoying the wind on his face and loving every moment of being outside in the country that he loved. 

Our best wishes and condolences, from this Court, extend to Karen and her family. We were all fortunate to have benefited from this American patriot and public servant to the Clark County court system.

All of us owe an ongoing debt of gratitude to our men and women in uniform and our veterans like Art Decker. We have independent courts in this country thanks to their public service.

— Dan Moore, Judge, Clark Circuit Court No. 1, Jeffersonville

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