Their hike started in warm weather but when rain and cold set in, they were stuck outside and died from hypothermia.
The funeral was at 9:30 a.m. at the Quernheim Funeral Home in Waterloo, IL. Decareaux and his sons were buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.
As an expression of sympathy, the family prefers memorial contributions to: Decareaux Family Fund c/o 1st National Bank P.O. Box 507 Waterloo, IL or St. Jude's Children's Hospital.