FREDERICKTOWN — Donald R. Dean, 76, of Fredericktown, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born Oct. 19, 1934, in Ironton, son of the late Thomas E. and Ethel M. (Anson) Dean. Don was a 1952 graduate of Ironton High School and was a graphic artist for the former American National Can Co. in Mount Vernon. He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict. Don was a member of the Fredericktown United Methodist Church, the Big Brothers of Knox County, the Knox County Amateur Radio Club, Jubilee Three Gospel Trio, a life member of the Knox County Historical Society, charter member of Knox Genealogy Society and the VFW Post 7671. Don was also a member of the Thrall Lodge 170 of the F&AM, the Scottish Rite Valley of Columbus, the York Rite, and the Ann Hill Chapter 81 of the Order of Eastern Star. He was active with the Bay-Lake Council and the Muskingum Valley Council of the Cub and Boy Scouts of America. Don was a very proud member of the Knox County Joint Veterans Council.
Don is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Kathleen A. (Brown) Dean; children, James E. (Kathy) Dean of Fredericktown, Sharon L. Dean of Buckeye Lake and Jennifer K. (Doak) Vickroy of Logan; grandchildren, Cameron (Brittany) Owens, Gordon Owens, Morgan Fowler, Garrett Fowler, Aiden Fowler, and Ella and Elijah Dean; great-granddaughter, Gabrielle; brothers, Clarence (Sandy) Dean and Jerry Lee Dean of Mansfield; and sister, Bertha Mae Letts of Mansfield.
In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by brothers, Homer, Harold and Charles Dean; and a sister, Francis Large.
The family will receive friends Saturday, Sept. 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Fredericktown United Methodist Church, 123 Columbus Road, Fredericktown, where a memorial service will be held Sunday, Sept. 4, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Keith Bohley officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens with military honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council.
A Masonic Service and an Eastern Star Service will held at the church on Saturday following the visitation.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Knox County, 17700 Coshocton Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050. Private expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at http://www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
The Snyder Funeral Home in Fredericktown is honored to assist the family with arrangements.
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