Michael Graham Deckman, 73
February 6, 1948 - June 08, 2021
There is a fine line between genius and insanity – Michael Moncur
Michael Graham Deckman, 73, formerly of Paradise, late of South Mountain Restoration Center near Gettysburg PA, passed away June 8 from pneumonia and Parkinson’s disease at Chambersburg Hospital.
Mike graduated from Pequea Valley High School class of 1966. He then took a double major of biology and chemistry at Lock Haven State College. During the summer breaks he went to Bucknell to do an internship doing lab experiments on marine sponges; he was given a lab and told to do whatever he wanted. After graduating cum laude at Lock Haven in 1970 he started graduate work in pharmacology on a full scholarship at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. At the beginning of his second year, Mike had to leave UVA after being diagnosed with a severe case of paranoid schizophrenia. And thus started a 50 year odyssey that made every day more or less a living hell. But Mike never left his mental illness define him and he never gave up hope that he would eventually be able to return to his studies.
Mike was a member of First United Methodist Church, Duke and Walnut Sts, in Lancaster City.
Mike was born on February 6, 1948 at 2:00 am at LGH to Cecil H. Deckman Jr. and Ruby E. (Rice) Deckman. He never married and had no children. He is survived by a sister, Patricia, married to Patrick Donnelly of Denver, PA; and a brother Kevin, Paradise. He was predeceased by 2 siblings: Deborah in 1953 and Brian in 1991. He is also survived by one nephew Darryl R Hicks (Meredith Klinger) of Arlington, Virginia.
The family would like to thank the staff at South Mountain since 2018; and Wernersville State Hospital for the excellent care he received there for 20+ years. A kinder and more compassionate group of caregivers cannot be found on this Earth.
A graveside service will take place 11 AM Friday, June 25, 2021 at Conestoga Memorial Park, 95 Second Lock Road, Lancaster, PA 17603.
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Condolences to the Family
June 18, 2021
I am so very sorry for your loss. Mike was a great student at PVHS.
Alicelynne Watson ’66
June 15, 2021
Pat and Kevin,
I am so sorry for your loss. I will miss writing Mike notes and the notes he would send back. He never forgot the people in his high school class of 66.
My sincere sympathy, Jim Brackbill
June 14, 2021
Mike was my neighbor growing up
I remember him as a stand-up comedian in high school – and a good one !
My sincere sympathy to his family
Carol Simpson Nicklaus
June 13, 2021
Pat sending you and your family my thoughts and prayers. Sorry to hear of Michael’s passing. With sympathy and love,Janice
June 12, 2021
I’m so sorry to learn of your loss Pat. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Joan Harrington
- Friday, June 25, 2021
- 11:00 AM
- Conestoga Memorial Park
- 95 Second Lock Road
- Lancaster, PA 17603
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