Raymond W. Dean______________________________
Raymond W. Dean, age 94, of Rapid City, S.D., formerly of Grindstone, died Thursday, December 12, 2013, at the Fountain Springs Healthcare in Rapid City.
Raymond William Dean was born June 12, 1919, at Grindstone on his parents’ homestead. He was the first born child of Jack and Theresa (Poste) Dean. There were four children born to the family and they all helped on the farm where they were raised. Raymond finished schooling through the eighth grade at the Dean Elementary School which was located approximately one mile southeast of the Dean homestead.
As a young, man Raymond worked in Minnesota at corn picking time doing various jobs. He loved baseball and played on the Grindstone baseball team.
On May 18, 1940, he married Frances Rausch at Kadoka. To this union six children were born, LeRoy, Larry, Dorothy, Diane, Vicki and John. They started their married life working for a rancher in the Presho area. They moved to a farm northwest of Philip and a few years later moved to a farm north of Grindstone.
In March of 1953, they moved to Lead where they owned and operated a filling station. In 1955, they moved back to Grindstone to work with Raymond’s parents and farmed and ranched in the area until retiring.
For many years, Raymond drove truck for Burns and Mesick’s gas station. He worked on the missile bases when they were being installed. He also had his own well drilling business and did various carpentry jobs in the area.
In 2007, they moved to Rapid City. Raymond leaves his family with very strong, hard-working ethics and strong family values which he instilled in all of his family.
Survivors include three sons, LeRoy Dean and his wife, Twila, of Belle Fourche, Larry Dean of Portales, N.M., and John Dean and his wife, Carla, of Platte; three daughters, Dorothy Root and her husband, Dan, of Riverton, Wyo., Diane Clark and her husband, Dean, of Rapid City, and Vicki Swanson and her husband, Ron, of Sioux Falls; a sister, Lucile Peterson of Philip; a sister-in-law, Florence Dean of Philip; 16 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Raymond was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Theresa Dean; his wife, Frances; and two brothers, Faye and Jimmy.
Services were held Tuesday, December 17, at the United Church in Philip with Pastor Kathy Chesney officiating.
Music was provided by Marilyn Millage, pianist, and Deb Smith, vocalist.
Ushers were Ryan Swanson, Matt Dean and Ty Dean. Pallbearers were Kieth Smith, Gary Nixon, Richard Rausch, Sonny LaBeau, Marvin Coleman and Jay Gillaspie.
Interment was at the Masonic Cemetery in Philip.
A memorial has been established.
Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip. His online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com