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LUNENBURG — Newman E. “Bud” DeCell, 64, of Goodrich St. died Friday, Dec. 24, 2010 at Health Alliance, Leominster Hospital.

He was born in Proctor, Vt., July 13, 1946, one of nine children born to Newman S. and Effie L. (Bourn) DeCell. He resided in Shirley before moving to Lunenburg 15 years ago. He was a graduate of Rutland (Vt.) High School.

He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Elaine D. (Dori) DeCell; two sons and a daughter-in law, Lester C. and Mindy DeCell of Grand Dale, Ariz., Steven C. DeCell of Augusta, S.C.; a daughter and son-in-law, Monica DeCell-Fuschi and her husband Roberto of Huntsville, Ala.; a stepson, Brad King and his wife Giulia of Fitchburg; a stepdaughter, Deborah Kelly and her husband Mike of Dartmouth. He also leaves seven grandchildren.

His first wife, Sandra Lee (Fitzgerald) DeCell, died in 1995.

Bud served 27 years in the U. S. Army. He joined the Army when he was just 17 and his first tour of duty was in Korea. Bud served two tours of duty with the 196th Light Infantry Brigade in Vietnam. He was also stationed at Fort Benning, Ga., Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Md. and back to Fort Devens. Later in his career he became a warrant officer and was assigned to the 10th Special Forces at Fort Devens.

He retired as a chief warrant officer (CW4) in 1991. He was a proud member of the Trojan Horse Chapter 72 SFA of New England. During his time of service he was awarded many commendations and medals, including the German Armed Forces Parachutist Badge, Vietnam Cross Gallantry Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Service Stars and the Combat Infantry Badge.

He was a member and was serving as Commander of the Shirley American Legion Post No. 183. He also belonged to the Disabled American Veterans in Fitchburg and Veterans of Foreign Wars in Pepperell. He was a Mason and a member of the Peter M. Rasmussen Lodge No. 916 of Osthofen, Germany and also a member of the Alleppo Shrine also in Osthofen.

Duty, Honor, Country and Family meant the most to Bud and he lived his life with those as his chief priorities.

Mr. DeCell’s family will receive family and friends from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at the T.J. Anderson & Son Funeral Home, 25 Fitchburg Road, (Route 2A) Ayer. Please see for additional information.

A prayer service and time of reflection will be offered at 7 p.m. Burial will be in the Massachusetts Veterans Cemetery, Winchendon with full military honors at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 30.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shirley American Legion Post No. 183, 8 Church Street, Shirley, MA 01464.

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