William Dean
William Dean
William "Bill" Dean Sr., 76, died Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, at home.

Bill was born on July 5, 1936, to Leonard and Jessie (Shaw) Dean in Spring Valley. He was united in marriage to Helga Baab Feb. 2, 1959, in Kirchheimbolanden, Germany.

Bill made a career serving in the United States Army from 1958 to 1981. He served a year in Korea and two years in Vietnam, receiving the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, and several others. He also graduated from Army Airborne School.

Survivors include his wife, Helga, of Spring Valley; daughter Rose Marie of Orlando, Fla.; sons Tom (Barbara) Dean of Temple, Texas, Michael (Sheryl) Dean of Pine Hurst, N.C., Jerry Dean of Clio, S.C., William P. Dean Jr. (fiancée' Sara Gallas) of Rochester, Minn., and Richard (Cortney) Dean of Rapid City, S.D.; 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a sister Mary (Richard) Norton of Stuart, Neb.; and a brother, Gordon (Linda) Dean of Glenwood, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers, Jimmy, Pat, Leo and Jerry.

Funeral services were held Friday, Nov. 2, at the Hindt Funeral Home in Spring Valley, with the Rev. Doug Weincouff officiating. Burial was at Spring Valley Cemetery in Spring Valley.

Condolences may be left online at www.hindtfuneralhomes.com