PEORIA - Joseph O. Dean, Jr., age 80, formerly of Peoria, passed away peacefully at his home in Rhinelander, Wis., on June 12, 2013.
He was born in Richmond, Va., on July 21, 1932, son of the late Joseph O. Dean, Sr., M.D., and Amy Howell Dean.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, JoAnne Blanch Seiter Dean of Heartland Healthcare Center in Henry, Ill.; and their four children, son, Joseph O. "Mike" Dean, III (Joan), Roseville, Calif., son, Scott E. Dean (Mary), Panama City, Fla., son, Martin S. Dean (Kathy), Richmond, Va.; and daughter, Gayle M. C. Dean Gatz (Mike), Chillicothe, Ill. Grandchildren are Christopher, Casey, Matthew and Joshua Dean; Hayley, Bennett and Tucker Dean; Trevor, Keenan and Sierra Gatz. He is further survived by a sister, Evelyn Spies (Bill) of Rockville, Md.; and a brother, Willard Dean of Glorieta, N.M.
While young, his parents moved between stations with the U.S. Public Health Service, and Joe lived in Virginia, Maryland, Puerto Rico and Kansas.
Continuing his education at the University of Maryland, he met his wife, married, started his family and graduated with a medical degree in 1957.
During and after medical school, he was subject to the armed services doctor draft and was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Public Health Service. With the USPHS, he interned in Seattle, Wash., and then served two years at the Kiowa and Comanche Indian Hospital in Lawton, Okla.
Following a four-year residency in Youngstown, Ohio, he became board certified in anatomic and clinical pathology. Dr. Dean's first pathology practice was at Aultman Hospital in Canton, Ohio. In 1968, he joined the Peoria Tazewell Pathology Group, where he enjoyed a career-long practice at Proctor Hospital in Peoria, Ill. Pursuing his love of teaching, he was also a clinical associate professor of pathology at University of Illinois Medical School.
Throughout his life, travel with family and friends was a passion and he explored all seven continents. After retiring in 1994, he eventually relocated to his retreat in Rhinelander, Wis., where he loved the north woods, water sports, biking, skiing, camping, volunteering, learning and teaching at the Elderhostel Institute for Learning in Retirement, recreating with the Paddle and Trial Club, and being an active member of First Congregational United Church of Christ, Rhinelander.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Joseph O. and JoAnne S. Dean Scholarship Fund, Nicolet College Foundation, P.O. Box 518, Rhinelander, WI 54501.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2013, at 5 p.m. at The Carlson Funeral Home in Rhinelander, Wis., with the Reverend Dr. Christopher Hucker officiating. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, 2013, at The Carlson Funeral Home.
You may leave your private condolences for the Dean family at www.carlsonfh.com.
The Carlson Funeral Home, (715) 369-1414, is handling the arrangements for the Dean family.