On July 28, Julie and Gig Decker learned that they lost both their children, Helen and Sig Decker in a car accident in Petersburg, Alaska. Helen was 19 and Sig was 21. Although both were born and raised in Wrangell, Helen and Sig were in Petersburg fishing side-by-side for the summer to help pay for college. This unimaginable loss comes during an already challenging time.
The initial $10,000 in funds raised will go towards funeral costs and related expenses. We are looking to raise $50,000 to fund the rest of the brand new Wrangell Mariner's Memorial where Helen and Sig will be the first names on the wall. Additional funds raised after that will be used to start a Memorial Scholarship Fund in honor of Helen and Sig Decker. Both were tremendous athletes and students, this will help honor their legacy. A bank account will be set up soon for checks and direct transfers to facilitate scholarship donations, please stay tuned for further information.
As long-time Alaska fisheries advocates and fishermen, the Decker's have made an impact on all of our lives. Please show your love for the Decker family during this unfathomable tragedy and honor the memory of two wonderful beings who left this earth far too early.
If you wish to send a card or note, please mail to:
Julie and Gig Decker
P.O. Box 2138
Wrangell AK 99929
This campaign is supported by: United Fishermen of Alaska, Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation, Julianne Curry, Tomi Marsh, Heather McCarty, Val Motley, Riley Smith, and Frances Leach.
Per the Request of GoFundMe:
1. Who you are and your relationship to the intended recipient(s) of your campaign’s donations
United Fishermen of Alaska is a 501(c)6 nonprofit organization, which the family of the Helen and Sig Decker are longtime members. The rest of the supporters listed on this campaign are friends of the Decker Family.
2. A detailed explanation of how the funds will be spent
After funeral expenses and the Wrangell Mariner's Memorial costs are covered, additional funds will be used to set up a memorial scholarship account in Helen and Sig Decker’s names by Julie and Gig to administer locally.
3. Your plan for ensuring your campaign’s donations reach their intended recipient(s). This could be clarifying that they will be added as the beneficiary of the campaign, or if they have authorized you to withdraw the funds on their behalf and deliver the money to them outside of GoFundMe.
A bank account is being set-up under the name of Helen and Sig Decker and all monies raised in this campaign will be directed into that account once it is established. Julie and Gig Decker’s names will be listed on the account. Once the bank account is set up, we will provide information on this site so payments may be made directly to the bank account.
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