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Jonathan M. Dech ’90, of Macungie, Pennsylvania, died peacefully at 53 on May 14, 2021, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest. He was the husband of Karen Dech. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Roderick and Nancy (Weida) Dech.
He attended Anderson University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics.
He started his early career as a loan officer and gradually worked his way up to office supervisor within several loan companies. In 2008, he switched careers from underwriting to pipelines and started to work for Buckeye Pipeline. He started as a pipeline controller and was then promoted to a terminal scheduler in 2011.
He was an active member of Life Church, Macungie, where he regularly attended with his family.
He is survived by his wife; children, Carter, Preston, Ethan, Cassandra, Sophie, and Olivia; a brother, Peter; and his wife, Kristina; a sister, Rebecca, and her husband, Scott Congdon; a father-in-law, Thomas Somers Sr.; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother-in-law, Barbara (Slocum) Somers.
Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.