On Jan. 21, 2011, Louis Francis Deckers Jr., 83, peacefully passed away at a Brewer health care facility with numerous family members at his side.

In the months preceding his death, Lou was visited by each of his children, and was in frequent contact with extended family and friends. Typical of Lou to all who knew him, he was busy on projects right to the day of his illness. His fascination and need to answer the unanswerable questions enabled his spirit to overcome the body’s need for rest in those final days. It was a lifetime pursuit to which he dedicated himself, and his enthusiasm showed through his eyes to the very end.

Louis was born in Boston, Mass., Sept. 21, 1927, as the only child of Louis Francis Deckers, Sr., and Rose M. (Copeland) Deckers, and was raised in Manhattan, N.Y.

Louis married Mary Frances Frembgen Feb. 13, 1954. They raised their children in Wilmington, Del., and retired to Maine where several of their children had already made their homes. Louis and Fran enjoyed 23 fulfilling years in Winterport. Louis was an active member in St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church in Winterport, where he continued his lifetime devotion to youth ministry.

Louis served his country between 1946 and 1949 in the U.S. Army, stationed in northern Italy. Throughout his life, Louis expressed pride and honor in having served his country.

Louis earned an engineering degree from Davis and Elkin College in West Virginia and a civil engineering degree from the University of Delaware. This led to his lifetime passion for aerospace engineering design. During his tenure at Thiokol in Elkton, Md., he and his peers landed men on the moon and brought them safely home; all in the era before computers.

He is survived by his wife Mary Frances; his twelve children, Katherine, Mary, Philip, Paul, Mark, Thomas, Stephen, Richard, Theresa, John, Matthew, Ann Marie; and twenty-nine grandchildren.

Louis was predeceased by his parents.

Family and friends are invited to visit Thursday, Jan. 27, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Hampden-Gilpatrick Funeral Home, 45 Western Ave., Hampden.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, Jan. 28, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Parish, St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church, Main Street, Winterport. Spring interment will be at Tannery Loop Cemetery in Amherst, Maine.

Louis was an active hospice volunteer for more than 15 years. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to St. Joseph Hospice, St Joseph Healthcare Park, 900 Broadway, Bangor, ME 04401.

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