Funeral services for Mr. Jerry Dean, 82, of Spencer, will be held at 10:30 a.m., today, Tuesday, July 22, 2008, at Warner Chapel in Spencer. Rev. Paul Hansen will officiate the service.
Interment will take place at Riverside Cemetery of Spencer. Military services will be conducted by VFW Clay County Post 3159 of Spencer following the graveside services.
Jerry passed away Friday, July 18 at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Gerald W. "Jerry" Dean, the son of Ross C. and Ethel (Phillips) Dean, was born June 16, 1926, in Des Moines. His childhood years were spent in Red Oak, where he received his early education. In Jerry's sophomore year of high school his family moved to Spencer, where Jerry continued his education, graduating from Spencer High School in 1944. Following his schooling, he entered the military and served his country during WWII, from 1944 until his honorable discharge in November of 1946. He returned to Spencer and went to work for Fred Karcher of Olin's Market as a meat cutter.
Jerry married Helen B. Stanton on Aug. 22, 1948, in Spencer. Following their marriage, he worked for Spencer Municipal Utilities as a lineman for 9 years. In 1957, he became an exterminator for Pest Kil Chemical Co. and in 1970, owner of Dean's Meat & Rat Bait. Jerry was an active life member of the Clay County VFW Post No. 3159, where he served as Commander and helped form the VFW Spencerettes Girls Drill Team. He established the Little Sioux Archery Club and helped build its first course. He also helped form the Softball Club in the 1960's, and was in charge of building the first field in Fairview Park. Jerry and Frank Thomas organized the Spencer Avenue of Flags in 1963, displaying 90 flags Memorial Day, 1964, and today they proudly display 1,260 flags. Jerry was also involved in the development of the Veteran's Memorial Monument. To honor all of his community activities, Jerry was elected Citizen Of The Year in 1996. Jerry and Helen enjoyed camping and square dancing with their many friends. They were charter members of the square dancing club, Spencer Squares, and National Square Dance Camper's Association.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Charles A. Dean.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Helen, of Spencer; children: Barbara Dean of Spencer, Bob Dean and wife, Charlotte of Logan, and Rick Dean and wife, Nancy of Spencer; seven grandchildren; and his 14 great-grandchildren.
Warner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.