Garold W. Dean

Garold W. Dean

Garold William Dean age 94 passed away Monday, March 21, 2016 at the Wings Home in Allegan.

He was born October 9, 1921 in Kalamazoo, the son of Lee and Ireta (Shaw) Dean. Garold was a 1940 Kalamazoo Central High School graduate who served his country in the US Army during WWII. For 20 years he had worked at Parker Hannifin retiring in 1984 and had served on the Otsego Fire Department for 15 years. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing, hunting and following the Detroit Tigers and Lions. Garold was a people person and loved spending time with his family and friends. On April 26, 1946 in Kalamazoo he married Verland Gregersen who passed away in 2003.

Surviving are his daughter, Linda Holmes of Plainwell; 4 grandchildren, Shelley (Curtis) Henschel of Kalamazoo, Melissa (Sergio) Hernandez of FL, Garrett Dean of Otsego and Rebecca (Jason) Quarry of Mattawan; several great and great-great-grandchildren and sisters-in-law, Dolores Gregersen, Dolores Dean and Joan Dean.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; son, Gary Dean in 1973 and siblings, Gordon, Jean and Leo.

Friends may visit with Garold’s family from 2-4PM and 6-8PM on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where a funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, March 25, 2016 with Pastor Lee Dean officiating.

Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

Military Honors by Otsego VFW Post #3030.

Contributions in memory of Garold may be made to the Otsego Fire and Rescue or to the American Diabetes Association.

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  1. Lyneta Nowak says:

    I have nothing but pleasant thoughts about you dad. He worked and served on the Otsego Fire Dept with my dad and I used to see him quite often. I will miss his happy go lucky attitude.

  2. Judy (Bennett) Fawcett says:

    Linda, Sorry to hear about your Dad. My thoughts are with you.

  3. Don & Sherry Hurlbut says:

    Linda and family: We were so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing and your loss. We always enjoyed talking with your Dad. He was a character and fun to be around. As hard as it is to lose him, it is somewhat of a blessing that he is no longer suffering. May God wrap you in His arms to help you through this. Rest in Peace, Garold. You will be missed! Hugs to all of you!

  4. Shelley says:

    Garold was one of the kindest people I know. He was a joy to know . And a real honor to have known. I will miss you my friend. God Bless and rest peacefully.

  5. Vern & Bonnie Olcott & Coby Dortwegt says:

    We met Garold & Greg in our Senior Citizen group in 1991 and have so many memories of fun times with them. They were such a devoted couple. We have also enjoyed meeting Garold & Linda at various times, but regretfully lost contact recently. What an honor to have been friends with them. Our love, prayers, and sympathy to Linda and family.

  6. Lee and Diane Boysen says:

    We are so sorry to hear of Garold’s passing. What a nice man. I enjoyed working with him at Parker and had some fun times Garold and ‘Greg’ at their home. We are so blessed to have known Garold.

  7. Darl and Joyce Gilliland says:

    Dear Linda,
    Keeping you in our prayers during this difficult time. We have many fond memories of your parents at the Fire Department get togethers. Your dad always had a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye. God bless you.

  8. Cynthia (Cassidy) Decker says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Dean’s passing. He and Greg were wonderful neighbors to my Mom and Dad. I have memories of the “Breakfast Club” and classes they took together and trips to
    Shipshewana. They were always so gracious when my parents had loads of guests during family reunions and even just when all the kids and grandkids visited. I remember Mr. Deans swimming lessons for chipmunks and how much he loved living on the lake. Please accept my condolences.

  9. Edward Cassidy says:

    Mr. Dean was the best! Always put up with us invading his quiet cove on the weekends (well almost always, Scott and I could be kinda irritating). One of my favorite memories was helping him control the Bluegill population during ice fishing season 🙂 I am sorry for your loss.

  10. Colleen knor says:

    I was not anything that was important. I do and will often think of Gil, He made me feel special. God bless!!!

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