John Ervin Dekle III, “Jake”

July 12, 1956 - July 4, 2022

John Ervin Dekle III, “Jake”, a lifelong resident of Fort Myers, FL, passed away Monday, July 4, 2022, in Fort Myers. He was born July 12, 1956, in Fort Myers to John and Alma Dekle, now deceased.

Jake graduated from Fort Myers Senior High School, Class of 1974. He was of the Pentecostal faith and attended Covenant Community Ministries in Fort Myers. He was the proud owner of Dekle Land Clearing Inc. until early 2007. He was an exceptional heavy equipment operator and worked on many developments, including county and state road projects. Jake loved to hunt, fish, and was a fine shot. He spent many happy years on Rainey Slough just riding the woods with family and friends. When he was no longer able to run heavy equipment, he spent his days taking care of his animals, tinkering in his shop, and tending to his garden.  

Jake was a big grizzly bear of a man, large in stature, gruff, and to the point, but with the softest heart and biggest defender of those he loved and considered his friend. His constant companion and sidekick was his long haired chihuahua, Sadie. The light of his life and the person who could always bring a smile to his face was his daughter, Jessie. Then, a new and different light came into being. Jake was so excited to learn that he would be a grandpa and awaited Rhett’s arrival with great excitement and anticipation. We are so very thankful that both Jake and Rhett had the opportunity to be together. We know in our hearts that Rhett will always have his grandpa watching over him, as will Jessie, Glynis, and Sadie.

Jake is survived by his loving wife of 22 years, Glynis Dekle of Fort Myers; daughter, Jessie Harrison (Austin Harrison) of Fort Myers; grandson, Rhett Harrison; sister, Linda Dekle Davis; as well as lifelong friends, Tony Flint, Tony Alvarez, Scott and Konda Carter, and his hog hunting buddy, Raul Urra. His dear friends James Whitehead, Dave “Dynamite” Harrison, and his mother and father-in-law Glenn and Kay Summers, all made it to heaven ahead of him and were no doubt waiting to welcome him home.

Please no goodbyes. Just a “see you when I see you”.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Details to be announced via

Memorial Contributions in memory of John Ervin Dekle, III “Jake”, if desired, may be made to Citygate Ministries, 1735 Jackson St., Fort Myers, FL 33901.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Fort Myers, is entrusted with final care.


  1. Joe and Kristi Johns Jul 13, 2022 at 11:20 am

    Continued prayers for your tremendous loss!

  2. The Caruthers/Bramble Family Jul 13, 2022 at 1:41 pm

    Praying for all of you. I am so sorry <3

  3. Uncle Tommy & Aunt Ellen Jul 13, 2022 at 4:41 pm

    Glynis, we’re here for you just a call away any time. I know you miss him terribly, Sending hugs and prayers.

  4. Bridget Busbin Jul 13, 2022 at 5:54 pm

    Sending prayers. I’m so sorry for your loss.❤️

  5. Gary Cowin Jul 14, 2022 at 6:48 am

    Glynis sorry for your loss. You will be in my prayers. The VA Bible tells us “to be absent from the body is to be present with God”.

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