Pat was born December 30, 1941, in Coos Bay, Ore., to Michael and Mildred Kearns. She passed away April 27, 2020, in Rapid City, S.D.
Pat married Don Deckert February 19, 1961, and they had been married for 59 years. With this bond they had four children—Curtis, Laura, Bob, and Sis, Mike Deckert who was like a son to them. They had ten grandkids and 21 great grandkids.
Pat worked for the South Dakota Social Services for 35 years and made many friends throughout her years working. Pat retired in 2011 and made plans to travel whenever she could. In April 2012, Pat suffered a stroke that limited her mobility. Don and Laura took care of Pat in the years following her stroke. She still traveled with Sis as much as she could to visit family in Colorado, Washington, and mostly to Oregon to see her brothers.
She is survived by her husband, Don, children—Curtis, Laura, Bob, Sis (Ron), Mike and all 31 grandkids. Her brother Ken Kearns, sisters JoAnn Leavitt (Mike), Janice Leavitt (Doyle), half brother Bill Leavitt (Holly), sisters-in-law Norma (Uppie) Bestgen, along with several nieces and nephews.
She is proceeded in death by her parents, Mike Kearns and Mildred Leavitt, brothers, Bernard and Mike Kearns, uncle Pug Milligan, grandparents, Guy and Ruby Milligan. Her in laws Bill Deckert, Josie Deckert, brothers-in-law Fritz and Lloyd Deckert, sister-in-law Lilly White, and her daughter-in-law Melissa Deckert.
Pat was cremated, and we will have services for her on Saturday September 5, 2020, at 2 p.m. in Martin, S.D., at the American Legion Hall.