McKenzie Jo Decker

  • Born: June 27, 1994
  • Died: October 25, 2020
  • Location: Ankeny, Iowa

Memorial Services of Iowa

4208 North Ankeny Blvd.
Ankeny, IA 50023
Tel. (515) 964-0592

Tribute & Message From The Family

McKenzie Jo Decker, 26, passed away at home on October 25, 2020 after many years of struggling with addiction, God knew McKenzie needed to rest. McKenzie was born at Iowa Lutheran Hospital on June 27, 1994 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Funeral services will be held for family and close friends at 11:00 AM on Friday, October 30, at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Church at 510 E. First St. Ankeny, IA 50021. Social distancing will be in place and a limited number of spots will be available.

The funeral service will be live streamed via the following link:

She worked at Sleep Inn and Suites as Night Auditor. She went to Ankeny High School and graduated in 2012. She went to DMACC following high school.

How do you explain McKenzie? Her smile would light up a room. She was the love of our lives. She was stubborn as ever but loved with her big heart. If you were in her circle, you know what this means. She was so funny, sarcastic, witty and smart. She gained many "family" members throughout her young adult life. She would do anything for you and was there if you needed her. She led her life by the beat of her own drum and no one was going to get in her way. She had her own "McKenzie style" with that hat, her cat shirts and casual joggers. She loved the outdoors, music, kids, her family, friends, food (especially Cheez-Its) and so much more. She was so smart. She took off walking before 6 months old and gave us a run for our money ever since. She was so loved and will be so missed. For a period of time she was a recovery star. She impacted many lives in such a positive way. She also struggled at times and wished she didn't cause worry. In many ways she was very selfless.

Our family asks that you recognize that no one is immune to the epidemic of opioids and heroin addiction that surrounds our culture. We fought hard to help her and had constant hope of recovery which was dashed so senselessly. We are devastated but she is finally at peace. McKenzie was so much more than this disease and her powerful spirit will live on forever. It is her time for eternal rest with God. She's free now.

McKenzie is survived by her grandfather, Dennis Wagner; parents, Chris Decker (Raquel Davis) and DeAnn Decker (Jamie Thorpe); siblings, Madeline, Miranda, and Joshua; step-siblings, Jai Scirpo, Jaden Scirpo, Connor Thorpe, and Logan Thorpe. She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Delores Wagner, Gene and Jo Ann Kramer, and John Decker.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the family to be donated to a charity of their choosing in honor of McKenzie.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Our family misses you greatly McKenzie. May God care for you, love you and help all of us find peace and understanding with this awful disease. God bless you and your family.

Posted by Margaret Bickford - Des Moines, IA - Friend   December 17, 2020

Sending you all so much love, and keeping you in my prayers.

Posted by Kris Page-Iverson - Friend   October 31, 2020

Your smile will be forever missed my friend

Posted by Michaela Gray - Gilbert, IA - Friend   October 30, 2020

God is with McKenzie Jo and she is with her Grandfather J.B. Decker. May they rest in peace together.
Love - Grandma Suzie

Posted by Suzan Schmitt - Cedar Falls, IA - Family   October 29, 2020

We are so very sorry for loss. Love to your family.

Posted by Mark and Sheila Warner - Des Moines, IA - Family Friend   October 29, 2020

I am heartbroken for your family. This is an unspoken illness that has beautifully been explained in your obituary. I can only hope that by your family sharing such intimate details about your struggles, that your death will not be in vain. I pray that others that deal with this illness are given hope to come forward, hold their head high and seek the necessary help that they need. Not only where you affected by this, but so was everyone that ever met you. As stated in your obituary - YOU WILL BE MISSED, but are no longer in pain. God Bless you and your family.

Kari Miller

Posted by Kari Miller - Carlisle, IA   October 29, 2020

Peace be with you and your family in this time of loss. May God give you the Grace to get through this tragedy. Understanding addiction is difficult. I know this family did all in their power to help McKenzie Jo. Mckenzie Jo, go rest high. The angels sing for you.

Posted by John McMullen - Ankeny, IA   October 29, 2020

I did not know your precious McKenzie but am lifting you up in prayer and thoughts, asking for some peace for you in this incomprehensible loss. Praying you find a way to release her to God's arms where she is held forever more.

Posted by Lin Nibbelink - Des Moines, IA   October 29, 2020

Holding the entire Decker family close in my prayers. May God wrap his arms around you and give you peace in your hearts. Miranda, you will always be one of my "own". Hugs to you, sweet girl. Rest high, McKenzie.

Posted by Stephanie Gunn - Ankeny, IA - Family Friend   October 29, 2020

I didn't know McKenzie, but my heart hurts for you and your family. I know what you are going through. Two years ago we were in the same position as you are now. We lost our daughter to the opioid epidemic. Just like you, we did everything to help her but this demon was too strong. Know you did everything you could, know that she loved you, and know her soul is at peace. ((Hugs))

Posted by Brenda Gesaman - Norwalk, IA   October 28, 2020

McKenzie you were my very best friend and I don't know how I can face this world without you. I wish there was something I coulda said , something I coulda done to show you just how important you were.. I love you, I wish you could have saw all the potential in you that I did.. never forgotten. I love you

Posted by Sarah Mauch - Alroona, IA - Friend   October 28, 2020

Our prayers and condolences to you all. God be with you and comfort you, for she is with him.

Posted by Chad Bentzinger - Ankeny, IA - Neighbor   October 28, 2020

Chris and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

Posted by Tina & David Fountain - Macon, IL - Acquaintance   October 28, 2020

My prayers are with you all and my heart breaks for you!

Posted by Mary O'Riey - Creston, IA - Friend   October 28, 2020

McKenzie spent quite a bit of time at my house hanging out with one of my daughters who was a really good friend of hers. She would hang out on my back patio sitting in a chair listening to music eating Cheez-Its. I feel like I remember her wearing some pants with Cheez-Its on it. I also remember teasing her about her Cheez-It tattoo. She was always so quick witted and funny when she was over. I know Allison will miss her forever and always♥

Posted by Dawn Shepherd - Ankeny, IA - Friend   October 28, 2020