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Dawn Y. Deckard, 44. 02/11/2014 obituary (The Elkhart Truth)
Dawn Y. Deckard

Posted on Feb. 10, 2014 at 7:10 p.m.

PORTAGE, Mich. — Dawn Y. Deckard, 44, of Portage, passed away Friday, Feb. 7, at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo.

She was born May 30, 1969, at Tyndall Air Force Base Hospital, Panama City, Fla., to Thomas L. and Nancy J. (Dunafin) Deckard.

Surviving are her parents, Thomas and Nancy of Vicksburg; daughters Kaitlyn E. Byas and Courtney A. Byas, both of Portage; sister Robin (Christian) Nix; and niece Ashley and nephews Adam and Andrew Nix, all of Avon, Ind.

Dawn graduated in 1987 from Mattawan High School. She earned an associate’s degree at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. She was a University of Michigan football fan and enjoyed reading, drawing, traveling, writing poetry and genealogy. Dawn worked at American Axle & Manufacturing in Three Rivers as an assembler.

Visitation will be for two hours prior to the 1p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, funeral service at Walley-Mills-Zimmerman Funeral Home. Pastor Tom DeFries of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church will preside. Burial will follow in Rice Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Condolences may be sent at