Loren "Dean" Mohney
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Dean Mohney, age 78 of Laingsburg passed away Thursday, May 1, 2014 at his home.
A celebration of life will be held on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Laingsburg, with Pastor Charley Dunn officiating. Burial will follow in the Laingsburg Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Monday from 6-8 PM and Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, Laingsburg Chapel.
Loren Dean Mohney, 78, of Laingsburg passed away unexpectedly at home on May 2, 2014. Dean was born in Porter Township, south of Lawton, on May 29, 1935, and was raised on the family farm. He was the third of eight children of Russell Earl Mohney and Olive Mae Shanahan Mohney. Dean attended East Valley School and Lawton community schools, and graduated from Decatur High School in 1954. He joined the Air Force after graduation and was stationed in numerous locations in the United States, as well as Korea. Following his military service, he attended Michigan State University and graduated from Spring Arbor University. Dean worked in the insurance industry for many years and was a specialist in arson investigation and worker's compensation. He was a member of Redeemer United Methodist Church in DeWitt, and participated in several area Bible study groups. He also was active in numerous community organizations.
Dean had many special traits, among them his ability to make people laugh and to befriend everyone he met . . . almost immediately. No one was a stranger in Dean's world—his endearing personality broke the mold. It was not unusual for those close to him to meet someone on vacation, even in another part of the world, and to learn that that person knew Dean and had a special story to tell. Dean was an avid outdoorsman and a sought-after companion at hunting and fishing camps. He loved music and was a pretty good songwriter and guitar player. He never met a cat or a dog he didn't like, and the attraction was mutual. He could calm the most skittish pet—even wild animals responded to his special voice and touch. His cat Dusty will miss him terribly, as will the strays he cared for in the brutal winter of 2013-2014. Dean also loved working with his son Derek in his garage and yard (even the kitchen counter) on anything mechanical: motors of any kind, transmissions, fishing reels. He also liked restoring old fishing poles for children, watching the Detroit Lions and Tigers, and following the career (every step) of Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Most importantly, Dean was all about family. He was proud of his children and their spouses, adored spending time with his grandchildren, and kept in close contact with his brothers and sisters.
Dean is survived by two children from his marriage to Connie Kline Mohney, Michelle (Jeff) Wilcox and Derek (Casey) Mohney. He also is survived by five grandchildren, Jordan Wilcox, Katrina Clippert-Wilcox, Hailey Mohney, Ethan Mohney, and Ella Mohney; three brothers, Russell (Cleora) Mohney of Portage, Blair (Ginger) Mohney of Manistee, and Marvin Mohney of Heath, Texas; and four sisters, Beverly (Rod) Wilson of Grand Blanc, Patricia (Tom) Temple of Vicksburg, Linda (Doug) Rhodus of Portage; and Kathleen (Tom) Dunn of Plano, Texas. Other survivors include Uncle Norman (Sue) Shanahan of Galesburg and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Capital Area Humane Society. Onlne condolences can be sent to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com
Published in Lansing State Journal on May 4, 2014