Charles C. Dean
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Sgt Charles C. Dean, USMC, reported to Heaven's Gate to receive his orders from St. Peter to guard Heaven's streets on February 7, 2014.
Funeral services for Charles C. Dean will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, February 11, 2014, in the White Oaks Memorial Chapel with Reverend Mark Strickland officiating. Military honors will follow in the Resthaven Cemetery under the guidance of White Oaks Funeral Home, Oakdale.
Charles, 83, resident of Oakdale, was born on April 30, 1930 in Monroe to the union of William and Lucille Meek Dean. He was a graduate of Neville High School. Mr. Dean enlisted in the United States Marine Corps obtaining the rank of Sgt. He attended the U.S. Naval School of Music in Washington, DC and was a member of the 1st Marine Division Band, Camp Pendleton, California.
Upon the outbreak of the Korean War, Sgt. Dean traded his trumpet for a .30 caliber machine gun and shipped out with the 1st Marine Division Provisional Brigade to reinforce U.S. and U.N. forces besieged at the Southern Port of Pusan of the S. Korean Peninsula. Later Sgt. Dean participated in the Inchon Invasion and the epic Chosin Reservoir Campaign for which he and the Division received the Presidential Unit Citation with ribbon bar and three bronze stars. Sgt. Dean also was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, and the United Nations Service Medal.
Following his service to his country, Mr. Dean married and raised two children. He was employed by United Gas and moved to Oakdale in 1957.
Charles Dean was a loving father, grandfather, patriot and a member of the First United Methodist Church. Mr. Dean served his community with a strong sense of civic duty. He belonged to the VFW Post 3687 and served as the Post Commander for numerous terms. Mr. Dean's passion were family, veteran causes, and photography.
He is preceded in death by loving wife, Carolyn Dean, daughter, Susan Cox and parents, William and Lucille Dean.
He leaves behind his loving family to cherish his memory, one son, Charles Pendleton Dean and wife, Carrie of Lake Charles, three grandchildren, Stewart Tate and wife, Kelly of Plaquemine, Lorrie Tate Clayton and husband, Tommy of Baton Rouge, and Chelsea Dean of Houston; four great grandchildren, Dana Tate, Hunter Tate and Lexlee Wisby all of DeRidder, and Krymson Clayton of Baton Rouge; and one great great grandchild, Cason Dean Calcote of DeRidder, along with a host of friends.
Pallbearers to serve will be Mike Stainback, Stewart Tate, Joel Davis, Tommy Clayton, Chase Whitney, and Hunter Tate.
Visitation will begin Tuesday, February 11, 2014 from 11 a.m. until service time in the White Oaks Memorial Chapel at 1 p.m.
Published in The Town Talk on Feb. 10, 2014