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2011 King & Queen Don & Alice Decker

Dr. Donald and Alice Decker - King and Queen of Old Settlers 2011

Dr. Donald and Alice Decker, this year's Old Settlers King and Queen, made Halstead their home over 45 years ago and have been involved with the community since day one.

"We moved to Halstead in 1965 when I got the opportunity to practice at the renowned Hertzler Clinic and Halstead Hospital. I had just finished cardiovascular training at KU Medical Center and Dr. Eugene Malone invited us to visit the Halstead facility. The medical complex impressed me and I was asked to start my practice here. After 34 years, I retired in 1997. It was a great experience," said Dr. Decker.

He went on to say, "We raised our two children here in Halstead, son Terence and daughter Jennifer. The two children started kindergarten at Halstead and graduated from Halstead High School. Terence is a graduate of OSU and is now an economics professor at Wichita State. Jennifer also graduated from KU with a Master's degree and is now an accountant."

Alice enjoyed being very involved with raising the two children by helping them with their schooling and activities. Besides raising the children, Alice has been a member of the PEO chapter AK since 1965 and has served as the treasurer for the Halstead Library Board.

Dr. Decker has served on the Kansas Learning Center for Health, formerly the Hertzler Research Foundation board of trustees, since 1966. After serving 45 years Dr. Decker feels very strongly about the organization and its important roll in health education for kids in Kansas. "There are a lot of people in our community that don't realize what a jewell we have with The Learning Center and how important it is in the education of the kids in Kansas. The Center is very important to Halstead since the demise of the Hertzler Clinic, Halstead Hospital, Skyline and Idaho Timber. We also need viable organizations in our community to enhance our city's Main Street businesses with the current downturn of the economy." said Dr. Decker. Besides being active on Learning Center board of trustees, Dr. Decker is a member of the Halstead Lions Club and the Halstead Historical Society.

Alice and Dr. Decker give credit to the past mayors and city councils for leading the community in a stable, positive direction. The Deckers also believe the school system is one of the finest in the state of Kansas and makes Halstead an outstanding place to live and raise a family. We certainly would like to see Halstead continue to be a prominent and thrive in the future, they said. Halstead has a rich history with many influential leaders that have changed the world. We see Dr. Hertzler's footprint in history as remarkable for his time, they added.



Long Live the Old Settlers King and Queen,Commonwealth of Halstead, District of Essex Kansas.

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