Daniel Joseph (DJ) Decker-Keene Jr., 26, of Findlay, passed away Tuesday, December 12, 2017. He was born on September 14, 1991 in Bluffton to Beth A. Decker and the late Daniel J. Keene.
DJ was a lover of life. He was quick-witted and had a ready infectious laughter. DJ was a charmer that stole your heart with his devilish humor and beautiful smile. He was known for being there for his friends and family, he would give the shirt off his back for anyone in need. He touched hearts that were in need. DJ loved his girls, Evany and Isabella, he was excited to meet his future child. Although DJ cannot be here to tell us to “remember, if you need me, call me. I love you fam.” He would want us to lean on each other and love like never before. He’s everywhere; in the faces of his family, in the memories of his friends, and he’s going to always be Brianna and Michael’s keeper. DJ loved art and drawing for others, fishing with his loves, Evany and Brooke. He enjoyed living to the fullest no matter his circumstances because we only have one. DJ was more than a son, brother, father, and cousin. He was a brother. Whether your passion was collecting Pokémon or collecting Hot Wheels, whatever it was, he always encouraged you. He taught us many things, all the way down to strawberry syrup on bread is not good. If he broke your nose, he carried you all the way back home. It takes a special someone to own up to their mistakes. He knew what was right and what was wrong, he just got a little lost trying to provide for others.
“Embrace every breath as if it’s your last and expect the unexpected.”
Daniel is survived by his mother, Beth; two daughters, Evany Rose and Isabella Jace Decker; brothers, David M. J. Decker-Moore and Mickey Charlton; sisters, Brianna D. Decker-Davis, Lexi Keene, Ashley Keene, and Brittany Bennett-Dawson; and his grandfather, David Decker. He is also survived by his fiancé, Brooke Hardin; aunts, Jennifer McCowen, Angela Decker, Chriss McKitrick, Dale Ann McKitrick, Andrea Venemen, and Brandy Decker; and uncle, Michael Decker; cousins, Brittany Fitzpatrick, Heather Thomas, Andrea Isenbarger, Joshua Hill, Shay Hampton, Erin Hampton, Jared and Caden Isenbarger, Gavin Isenbarger, and Kelsi Lamb. Daniel was preceded in death by his grandmothers, Bethany McKitrick and Sharon Keene-Smith; great-grandmother, Jerry Siverling; and great-grandfathers, James Siverling and David Decker.
Friends and family may visit on Monday, December 18, 2017 from 11:00 – 1:00 p.m. at HUFFORD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 1500 Manor Hill Rd, Findlay (419-422-1500). A funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. with Pastor Jim Klausing officiating. Interment will take place on March 17, 2018 in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Daniel’s name may be made to the family in care of the funeral home.