Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Vo Vann Decker

Wellsville, NY - Vo Vann Decker of Stevens Street passed away on Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at Jones Memorial Hospital shortly after arrival. He was born on March 7, 1974 in Hershey, Pennsylvania to David and Hanh Vo Thi Decker. On June 7, 2003 in Wellsville he married Rebecca Fisk who survives him.

Vo graduated from Wellsville High School in 1992. He later graduated from Alfred State College with an Associate's Degree in Information Technology. He worked as Director of Information Technology at Allegany Arc for 18 years. Vo was a well-loved member of the Wellsville Area Small Plane Society (WASPS). His hobbies included building and flying model airplanes, target shooting, and Toby, his beloved dog.

Vo was a very loving husband, father, and son and the love of Rebecca's life. He will be remembered as a quiet, gentle man who was a good friend to everyone lucky enough to know him.

Surviving besides his wife are his mother of Wellsville; 3 daughters, Sarah Decker, Allison Decker and Erika Howard; a sister Trang (Preston) Powell Decker of Nyack; 3 brothers, Hoang Decker of Syracuse, Kim (Helen) Decker of Belmont and David (Barbara) Decker of Addison; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; his mother in law, Evelyn Fisk of Richburg.
Vo was predeceased by his father David Decker and his father in law William Fisk.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, March 16, 2012, from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. Vo's funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday at 11 am with Rev. Marc Chamberlin presiding. Burial will be in Forest Hills Cemetery and memorials may be made to the Friends of Allegany Arc. To leave online condolences please visit


  1. This man was so much more than expressed here. But he was all that as well. I will always remember him as my daughter's new bridegroom and what an easy and fun guy to tease because of his innocence. I will forever see his face in Sarah's and her expressions are so like his. Job who was surely tested in every way responded, "The Lord has given; the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord." We don't know what is in God's plan but here's where we have to let Him know we trust Him and will bear this cross for Him as He did for us. I loved you Vo and will love my memories of you.

  2. Rebecca,
    As you already know, Vo was a wonderful person and friend to everyone lucky enough to know him. The connection between the two of you was truly a gift from God. I hope the memories will sustain you enough to get you through this tough time. We will see him again someday. You and the girls remain in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs & much love,
    Peggy (Winans) Kuras

  3. What a sad sad time. Prayers to eveyone involved. What a great man the Lord welcomed yesterday!

  4. Vo,
    You were a beautiful and generous soul. I'm grateful for being blessed to have had you in my life. Rest peacefully my friend.

    You and Vo had greatness with each other, a rare and treasured love. Vo will always be with you in your heart and therfore always near.

    For the mothers, children, brothers and sister: I'm sorry for your loss and I hope you will find comfort in the knowledge of Vo's love and the treasured moments you have shared that will live on inside you.

    A great void will be felt within our circle, but we will remember the sense of humor, grace, and joy Vo brought to our lives.

  5. Vo Wasn't just the father of my children, he was a wonderful friend. I will always remember him for his forgiving heart, kind ways, and selflessness. He was a man of great patience and had a heart of gold. I am so fortunate to have been blessed enough to have him in my life, and to have Rebecca as well. Vo was loved by all that knew him, not one soul I know ever had anything bad to say. He was taken from all of us at what feels like, too soon. Our children mourne now and their pain very prominent but they will be eased by the wonderful memories they share of their father.
    By having Vo in my life he has shown me to be more patient, more forgiving, more kind , and more importantly, life is precious and far too short so cherish it. God blessed us all by giving us a chance to know Vo.
    Love always, Lynda

  6. To the Decker Family,
    I feel for your loss as I recently loss a sister to illness in February of 2012. Please find comfort in your heats to know that although Vo is no longer with you on this earth he is in a place where pain and suffering is no more. God has welcome Vo to his home in the heavens. Your parting is only a temporary one, as this is a path we all have to go through some day.
    I only knew Vo from a professional level and from the readings of Vo on this page I wish I could have known him as a friend as well. When ever we spoke on the phone he was always very pleasant and soft spoken.
    My heartfelt prayers go to the Decker Family in this most difficult time.

  7. I am so sorry for your loss. Know that Vo leaves such a legacy behind. Anyone who knew him thought of him as a friend. I know that his wonderful wife will always keep his memory alive. She will continue to spread the generosity,kindness and happiness that was..Vo. What a beautiful soul that is now in Gods kingdom.

    Our earthly bodies are planted in the ground when we die, but they will be raised to live forever. 1 Corinthians 15:42

  8. My deepest sympathies in this time of great sorrow. I knew Vann from ICS where we went to elementary school together. I remember spending time together at his Dad’s subshop/bakery. Even though we have not had contact in many years, know that I will always think of him as one of my first and best friends.

  9. I Knew Vo as well as i know his daughter. He was at every practice almost and every competition we where at for ARC. I Remeber when i first met Vo. My Dad The Ceo Of Arc introduced me when we went to his office. But ever since that day. I remeber Vo as a wonderful father to Allison and his other children. I Remeber Him as a wonderful husband to Rebecca. He was very quiet and only talked a couple of times i saw him but when u saw his smile it made u smile. I just got the news today by my dad the ceo of ARC I was touched. I Remeber Vo as i remeber my father.

  10. Becky, My love and condolences at this time of great loss. I can only imagine how difficult it is. Please know my thoughts are with you. I pray for comfort for you in these next days, and weeks as you grieve. Praying for you and your entire family. Love, Chris

  11. Vo was a fantastic and talented young man..
    his participation and input into our local
    flying club was unmatched...he was great
    with people and enjoyed everyone he came in
    contact with, Sandee and I will always
    remember him as a truly unique individual,
    and we wish all of his family the best in
    the days and weeks ahead.
    Stanley Swan, founder, WASPS flying club

  12. I knew Vann, as we called him back then, as a classmate in ICS and later WHS.
    I remember him as described by many above... as a pleasant, gentle, affable guy. He had a keen, but never mean, sense of humor.
    I think because of his easy demeanor, many didn't know that he was as strong as a bull. Many fond memories, I pray, will bring some of Vo Vann's strength to his beloved family in this difficult time.
    To his family... I pray God will bring you comfort and strength.
    To Vann... Rest in peace, old friend.

  13. Rebecca and family,
    Our thoughts and prayers extend to you and your entire family. Vo will be missed but also remembered for the wonderful friend, colleague, and person he was. May God's peace be with all of you.
    Earl & Cathy Johnson

  14. Rebecca and the rest of Vo's family. My deepest sympathy to all of you. Vo was always so pleasant and nice and always willing to help. His smile was so large it made you smile. Rebecca you and him shared a bond that is unique and you could tell anytime you were seen in public together. I pray that you find comfort and strength at this hard time.

  15. All of the wonderful things being said above are certainly true. Vo was a wonderful man, brother-in law, father and friend. The memories will definately be cherished. My prayers go out to his family, especially his children. They will all need Gods strength and love to get through this.

  16. Vo will dearly be missed. He was a wonderful man, friend, father and brother-in law. I have very many good memories of him and the fun times we shared. My prayers go out to his entire family and an extra prayer for his children. They are going to need Gods strength and love to get through this time of need.

  17. Dearest Becky - I am truely sorry for the loss of your husband and best friend. I didn't know Vo personally but heard how great of a husband & father he was from your mom. May you and your children find peace & comfort in this time of sorrow. Love and prayers are with you all. Suky Faulkner

  18. I am sad to learn of Vo's passing. He was always very quiet but his silence held great presence. His face lit up when he was with his children and the love for Rebecca was obvious.
    Prayers for peace and comfort .... Sue (Vennard) Slocum

  19. I am saddened to hear of Vann's passing. He was a childhood friend of mine and was the nicest guy you would ever meet. While it has been many years since we spoke, I will miss him dearly. Until we meet again, my friend.

  20. It's almost been five years now. The pain never goes away. I miss you everyday that I don't get to see you. My birthday is coming up. I'll be 19, I hope you can see the things I've done and what I have accomplished. And I hope you're proud of me dad. Words cannot express how much I miss you. I enjoy seeing pictures of you that I haven't seen before. I love you with all of my heart dad. I wish I could get one last hug from you but I know I will get that when it's my time to go. Until then I hope you are proud of me. I love you with all of my heart.
    Sarah Decker