Mr. William J. Deckman, Sr.

August 20, 1936 - May 14, 2020 Oxford, PA | Age 83

Dedicated Husband, Father, Grandfather, and Friend

William J. Deckman, Sr. (Bill), age 83, formerly of Kennett Square, PA passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 14, 2020 at Ware Presbyterian Village in Oxford, PA.

Born in 1936 in Wilmington, DE, he was the son of the late Clarence and Bertha Hamilton Deckman.

Bill graduated from Kennett High School in 1954. After high school he enlisted into the United States Army Reserves and was stationed at Fort Chaffee in Fort Smith, AR, where he met and married his wife Fran. After serving seven years, he was honorably discharged from the Army in 1965.

Bill was employed with DuPont at the Experimental Station for 15 years as a Research Photographer, Hercules Inc. for 20 years as a Project Manager, and Chester County Department of Emergency Services as a Technical Manager for 12 years until he retired in 2006.

Bill was a member of both the Kennett Area Jaycees and Kennett Square Borough Council, the Presbyterian Church of Kennett Square, and volunteered for many years with Longwood Fire Company.

Bill enjoyed attending classic and antique car shows, discussing politics, listening to oldies music, playing golf, watching baseball and football, and spending time with his friends, family, and grandchildren. He showed his encouragement and support for his granddaughters by attending their events, from Choir concerts to Girl Scout ceremonies, and had been looking forward to attending his oldest granddaughter’s high school graduation in June. Bill was loved by all and will be truly missed.
Bill is survived by his sister Lois Egan and her husband Tom of West Chester, PA; son William Deckman, Jr. and his wife Cindy of Wilmington, DE; son Jeff Deckman and his wife Kim of Wilmington, DE; daughter Suzy Knightly and her husband Jim of Avondale, PA; granddaughters Shelby and Cailey Knightly, grandson Daniel and step-granddaughter Amber. Bill was predeceased by his first wife, Fran Deckman, with whom he shared 44 years of marriage and his second wife, Doris Deckman, with whom he shared 11 years of marriage.

The viewing and interment will both be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bill’s memory to Longwood Fire Company, 1001 East Baltimore Pike, Kennett Square, PA 19348 or the American Cancer Society, 1818 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19103.


  1. A good and honest man, Bill was a genuine as they come. I will forever remember our conversations during our years working together at the Chester County Dept of Emergency Services. Prayers and sympathies to the Deckman family.

    Randy A. Roberts | June 24, 2020 at 12:31 PM
  2. Bill played an integral part in the creation of the 9-1-1 system in Chester County, particularly in working on the radio towers, all requiring accurate addresses which was one of my job responsibilities. Condolences to the family and his many friends. Thank you for sharing him with us.

    Louise B. Wennberg | May 23, 2020 at 3:56 PM
  3. I remember your father as being a very good role model for my brothers. I don’t recall if he was coaching little league or was a scout leader just that he was a very kind and nurturing man whom my brothers respected and admired. My most sincere condolences to his family at this time of loss. I want you all to know he meant alot to people you will never meet, a very special man to many. May he rest in peace after a life well spent. Sincerely Di

    Diana Lynn Diaz Campbell | May 21, 2020 at 10:48 AM
  4. Bill will be missed. He assisted in laying the ground work and over seeing construction of the Chester County 911 radio system towers. God bless the family

    Robert and Mary Lee | May 21, 2020 at 8:28 AM
  5. Bill was a great classmate and a real gentleman. I am sorry he won’t
    make the class reunion, he will be missed. God speed, Blessings for
    his family.

    LUCI STILL | May 20, 2020 at 10:58 PM

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