Ben L. Dekker, 88, of Waldo, WI passed away late Wednesday evening, May 25, 2016, at Rocky Knoll Health Care Facility in Plymouth.

He was born in Hingham, WI on October 3, 1927, son of the late Sebald and Lucille (Louret) Dekker.

He attended grade schools in Hingham and graduated from Waldo High School in 1945.

Ben started working at Wierman & Louret from 1941-1946.

He served in the United States Army from 1946-1947 serving in the Philippines in the 2766 Topographic Battalion at the end of WWII.

Following his service he continued working at Wierman & Louret from 1947-1982. He later worked at Waldo Oil for 4 years, then Kvindlog Services from 1986 until retirement in 1989.

On October 1, 1949 he married Mary Lou Harvey in Waldo. She preceded him in death on August 12, 2010.

Ben was a member of the Waldo Fire Department from 1951-1984, serving 17 years as Fire Chief. In 2014 he was honored as the oldest active retired member of the Wisconsin Fire Chief Association.

He also served many years as a trustee for the Village of Waldo Board.

Ben was a longtime member at Trinity United Methodist Church in Waldo.

He enjoyed his time with fire service, golfing, being spoiled at Waldo Cafe and Chissy’s, and spending time with family and friends.

Ben is survived by his son: Gary (Mary) Dekker of Waldo; daughter: Roberta “Robin” Dekker of Portland, OR; sister-in-law: Nina Harvey of Cascade; and brother-in-law: John “Jake” Harvey of Pittsfield, MA.

He is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife: Mary Lou; parents; brother: Don (Ruth) Dekker; sister: Betty (Vern) Schroer; and two brothers-in-law: Edgar and Thomas Harvey; and half brother-in-law: Edwin Ingeles.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday June 4, 2016, at 2 p.m. at the Suchon Funeral Home in Plymouth. Burial will take place in the Hingham Cemetery.

Visitation will take place at the Suchon Funeral Home on Saturday June 4 from 11 a.m. until time of services.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in Ben’s name.

The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Plymouth is serving the family. For online condolences, please visit

The family would like to thank Steve (Lorie) Sharpe, Ed (Carla) Harvey, the entire staff at Chissy’s (especially Becky), the entire staff at Waldo Cafe, Dr. Bettag and staff at Matthews Oncology, and the entire staffs of Rocky Knoll and St. Nicholas Hospice for all the wonderful care given to Ben.

Curtis W. Kramer, 85, Town of Sheboygan, formerly of Little Chute died Friday, May 27, 2016. Zimmer Westview Funeral Home

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