The following article featuring Steve appeared in the newspaper:
"Twenty-year-old Steve Decker felt a little funny with the eight women
staring silently at him.
A spotlight illuminated his face. The women, aged 16 to 44,
coolly rated his eyes, his hair, his facial structure, his overall
appearance. He said nothing.
'They just told me to sit there for five minutes or so, and then
they made notes on you,' said the Mattoon resident, now a student at
the Univeristy of Illinois.
'It was kind of strange. They had it in Garcia's, which is a
pizza place here. They had a light--it was like drop-lamp--sitting on
a table because the lighting was bad. It was shining into your face.
It was like being grilled.'
The eight obviously liked what they saw, because Decker became
one of the dozen models for Midwest Portraits' newly published Double
Take calendar featuring the men of the U of I. The 1984 calendar is
to be the Midwest's answer to the nationally popular beefcake calendar
featuring the men of the University of Southern California."
Police: Fort Lauderdale man shot himself inside home
SWAT team sent to house over weapons complaint
BY SOFIA SANTANA | South Florida Sun-Sentinel
May 17, 2008
FORT LAUDERDALE - Police officers and a SWAT team surrounded a Coral Ridge house Thursday night to investigate a weapons complaint and later found the homeowner dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, officials said.
For more than five hours, police descended on the neighborhood. They attempted to get the man to come out of the house in the 2100 block of Northeast 54th Court, but to no avail, said Sgt. Frank Sousa, Fort Lauderdale police spokesman. After firing gas canisters into the home, the SWAT team went inside and found the man dead at about 11:15 p.m., Sousa said.
Police identified the man as Steven R. Decker, 44.
County records list Decker as the owner of at least a dozen properties in the Fort Lauderdale area. At least two of them, including the Coral Ridge house, went into foreclosure recently, court records show. On Thursday, Decker received a notice that the Coral Ridge house was to be sold next month at an auction for foreclosed properties, according to the records.
Police said they don't know if Decker's financial situation played any role in his death.
"We'll never know," Sousa said.
Published in the Journal Gazette & Times-Courier (Mattoon-Charleston, IL) on 5/20/2008:
"Decker, Steven Ray
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Steven Ray Decker, 44, of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, formerly of Mattoon, passed away on Thursday, May 15, 2008, at his residence. Graveside services will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 21, in Pleasant Grove Cemetery at Cooks Mills with the Reverend Dr. Mark Prevo officiating. No visitation is planned. The Schilling Funeral Home is assisting his family with the arrangements. Steven was born August 28, 1963, in Mattoon, a son of James W. and Bonnie (Young) Decker. Survivors include his parents, Jim and Bonnie Decker of Effingham; two sisters, Shelley Hunt and husband Dave of Bloomington and Cindy Beckwith and husband Bryon of Westminster, Colorado; his brother, Randy Decker and wife Lupe of Midland, Texas; several nieces and nephews; five great-nephews; and special friends, Diane Stephenson and George Bresnock of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Mr. Decker was the owner and operator of Barbone, Inc. and engaged for many years in real estate development in the Ft. Lauderdale area. Memorial gifts in his honor are suggested to the First Christian Church Memorial Fund."
Decker, Steven Ray
MATTOON - The graveside service for Steven Ray Decker was Wednesday at the Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Cooks Mills with the Rev. Dr. Mark Prevo officiating. Personal remembrances were shared by Scott Priebe. Schilling Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers were Wes and Dave Hunt, Scott Priebe, Mark Solomon, Randy Lee Decker and Brad Francis. Mr. Decker, 44, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., formerly of Mattoon, died May 18, 2008, at his residence.
Published in the Journal Gazette & Times-Courier on 5/22/2008.