In Memory of

Susan Lee "Koehnk" Decker

April 8, 1960 - December 31, 2018
Susan Lee "Koehnk" Decker

Susan Lee "Koehnk" Decker

Born: April 8, 1960
Died: December 31, 2018
Age: 58

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     Susan Lee Decker, the daughter of Alvena and Ray Koehnk, was born on April 8, 1960 in Hartley, IA. She grew up in Everly, IA and graduated from Everly Community High School in 1978. After graduation she attended the University of Iowa and later lived in Houston, TX, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Asheville, NC and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico where she passed away on December 31, 2018.

     Susan was proud to be an Everly High School Cattlefeeder and was a fierce competitor on the softball field and basketball court. She was passionate about her artistic and creative endeavors and developed a successful career as an independent graphic artist.

     In 1986, she gave birth to her only son, Travis, who was the light of her life.

     Susan loved to travel and to meet people from around the world. In 2014 she moved to an artist community in Mexico with her beloved pet companion “Mojo”. There, she quickly made new friends and enjoyed the local festivals and mariachi bands.

     Left to cherish her memory are her mother, Alvena Koehnk of Hartley, IA, her son Travis Decker of New York City, her brother, Scott (Diane) Koehnk of St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands, and her nieces Anna Koehnk of Philadelphia, PA and Mary Koehnk of Santa Cruz, CA.    

Memorial services will take place 11:00 A.M., Monday, April 8, at Hope Lutheran Church in Everly.
Pastor Dan Taylor
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.
"Smile" Nat King Cole
"Memories" Billy Strange & Mac Davis
"Your Song" Bernie Taupin & Elton John

Organist - Cynthia Knapp
Soloist - Gary Klett & Natalie Carter-Prince
Lone Tree Cemetery
Everly, Iowa


Friday, May 31, 2019 at 4:15 PM
“I adored Susan. My April online calendar announces her birthday every year since we met. She was a very special and loving human being who I will cherish for the rest of my life. 57, is too young, much too young to leave people who loved and needed her and her special gifts and talents. ”
- Sandy Jaffe
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