History & Staff
We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
I n 1956 LeRoy MacArthur purchased the Lewis White Funeral Home in Hobart, NY from Mr. Lewis White (a distant relative) and in December of that year moved his family to Hobart from Schenectady, NY where LeRoy worked for the Bond Funeral Home and preceding that he worked at the Leo Kearns Funeral Home in Ozone Park, NY. Mr. MacArthur was born and raised in nearby Davenport, NY so this was "coming home."
In 1980 LeRoy and Erma's eldest daughter and her family moved to Hobart and her husband Arthur Turner started work at the funeral home having graduated from Simmon's School of Mortuary Science in Syracuse that year following his residency with Tebbutt's Funeral Home in Albany, NY. In 1985 Arthur and Lynda purchased the funeral business from her father. Arthur is a Davenport, NY native.
1999 saw the purchase of the Moxley-McCall Funeral Home in Delhi, NY from Robert Moxley.
Each of these businesses continue today under the name of MacArthur Funeral Home, Hobart and MacArthur Funeral Home, Delhi, NY.
Living History of Hobart Funeral Home:
Established in 1888 by J.C. McMurdy.
Purchased in 1931 by L.R. White, who owned it until 1956 when it was purchased by L.R. MacArthur. In 1985 A.E. Turner purchased the funeral home, who still continues as the manager of the Hobart location. Paul Decker purchased the funeral home from the Turner family in the fall of 2015.
Our Valued Staff
Paul L Decker, Owner - Funeral Director
A native of Johnstown, Paul is a graduate of Johnstown High School, received his Mortuary Science Degree in 1998 from SUNY Canton. Certified by the National Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards in the U.S., he completed his residency with Mereness-Putnam Funeral Home in Cobleskill, obtaining his NY State Funeral Director's license in 1999. Compassionate, experienced and well-seasoned in the profession, prior to coming to Delhi, he served as Licensed Manager of Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, Gloversville.
Paul and his wife, Jessica, a Fonda- Fultonville native, have two sons, Grant (14) and Garrett (11), who attend Delaware Academy, Delhi, they enjoy participating with youth sports programs including baseball, football, soccer, basketball and wrestling. Paul enjoys the outdoors ... hunting, fishing, snowmobiling; also wood-working, light carpentry and do-it-yourself projects. He is Past Master of Kennyetto Lodge No.599, F.&A.M., Broadalbin, a member of Hiram Union Chapter, Royal Arch Masons in Canajoharie and Delhi Lodge F&AM, Delhi. Paul is also an active member of Delhi Fire Dept. where he enjoys serving the Delhi Community as a firefighter along side his wife, Jessica who volunteers as an EMT with the Delhi Emergency Squad.
Arthur Turner, Funeral Director
Arthur E. Turner was born in Davenport, New York and graduated from Simmons School of Mortuary Science with a degree in Mortuary Science. He is the registered manager of the Hobart location at MacArthur Funeral Home and also a member of the Hobart Rotary Club.
Arthur lives in Hobart, New York with his wife Lynda and they have 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren.
Mr. Leonard A. Govern, Funeral Director
A life long resident of Delaware County, he grew up in Stamford and has lived most of his adult life Walton. Lenny, worked at Hall Funeral Home in Stamford during his last year of High School, and during his college years. Upon completion of college he settled in Walton and began a 35-year career in the printing industry. Upon retirement Lenny went back to school and obtained a degree in mortuary science from Hudson Valley Community College. Certified by the National Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards in the United States. A caring and compassionate person Lenny recently obtained his NYS Funeral Directors license as another way to help people during their time of need.
Len is active in his community serving as, volunteer firefighter, Deputy County Fire Coordinator, councilman on the Walton Town Board, Commissioner of the Walton Fire District, a member of Walton Lodge #559 F & AM.