Lola Mae Deckard, 67, of Vine Grove peacefully transitioned to heaven on April 22, 2021 while at home with her husband and daughter. Her passing culminated a five year challenge with colon cancer.
She was a faithful and devoted keeper of the home and homeschooled her children. Her greatest passions in life were serving her God, loving her grandchildren, and tending her garden along with outdoor adventure pursuits.
Her greatest joy was knowing Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior. She made Him known while co-leading Voice of the Wilderness Christian camping expeditions alongside her husband. She also led Bible studies at the annual Army ROTC Cadet Summer Training conducted at Fort Knox.
Spiritually investing in the lives of her six grandchildren was her delight. Lola also enjoyed growing and sharing produce from her garden, along with backpacking, mountain biking, and whitewater canoeing.
Lola was preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Elizabeth Andres; father-in-law, James Deckard; brother-in-law, Terry King; and niece, Christie Stanton.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Deckard of 41 years, Lieutenant Colonel, US Army (Retired); two children, Brian (Jennifer) Deckard of Cumming, Georgia and Janell Deckard of Vine Grove; six grandchildren, Elsie, Jonathan, Alaina, Brandon, Katelyn, and Clara of Cumming, Georgia; her brother, Dr. John (Carolyn) Andres and sister Kay Andres all of Hiawatha, Kansas; plus her mother-in-law, four sisters-in-law, three brothers-in-law, and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be at the Fort Knox Pritchard Chapel from 5:00- 8:00 pm on Friday, April 30 and 12:30-1:00 pm on Saturday, May 1 followed by a Celebration of Life Service. Chaplain (Lieutenant Colonel) Erik Gramling will be officiating. Graveside service will follow at the Fort Knox Post Cemetery officiated by Chaplain (Lieutenant Colonel) Ralph Bieganek. Interment will be in the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery-Central in Radcliff.
Flowers can be received by 2:00 pm on Friday, April 30 to Newcomer Funeral Home, 10304 Dixie Hwy, Louisville, KY 40272 which will be delivered to Prichard Chapel. Memorials may be given to these ministries which spiritually mentor ROTC Cadets:
Officers’ Christian Fellowship, 3784 S. Inca St., Englewood, CO 80110. Check memo: Lola Deckard Memorial Fund/ROTC Ministry. 1-800-424-1984 give.ministrylinq.com/app/giving/ocfusagive
The Navigators, PO Box 6079, Albert Lea, NM 56007. Check memo: Lola Deckard Memorial Fund/117630. 1-866-568-7827 navigators.org/project/117630-2
Valor/Cru, PO Box 628222, Orlando, FL 32862-8222. Check memo: Lola Deckard/Memorial Fund /1066334 MIL ROTC. 1-888-278-7233 give.cru.org/search-results.html?q=1066334 Go to Give a Gift. Special Handling Instructions for Processing this Gift. In memory of Lola Deckard.
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