It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of George O. Dean Jr. on Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016. His passing was peaceful, and he was surrounded by family and friends when he went to be with the Lord. George is survived by his wife Kimber, his Sons Conrad and Ronnie, and his daughters Trish and Brandi. He is also survived by twelve grandchildren, all of whom he loved deeply. George was born to George O. Dean Sr. and his wife Emily on December 26th, 1942, in Chicago, IL. He joined the United States Navy shortly after graduating high school, and served his country aboard the U.S.S. Grampus. His civilian career included multiple executive positions in the automobile industry, as well as ownership of West Coast Kawasaki, Harley-Davidson, and BMW. He briefly retired in the 1990s, and later returned to work in mass transit. Most recently, George successfully implemented positive change in the transportation department of the Boys and Girls Club of Manatee County, he also served as Chaplain in the American Legion. George recently entered into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, in large part due to the relentless prayers of his sis-ter, Johann Dean. He faithfully attended Bible study groups with close friends, and served in the choir at West Bradenton Baptist Church. George endeared himself to many with his warm smile, dynamic presence, and overwhelming generosity. His heart's desire was to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with all that would listen. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 31st, 2016, at West Bradenton Baptist Church, and will be officiated by Pastor Sam Rainer. George's remains will be interred at Sarasota National Cemetery at a later date. Kimber would like to thank everyone for their prayers and condolences. George was loved by many, and the outpouring of your love has been comforting. "John 10:7-18 was one of George's favorite passages. It encapsulates his faith in Christ, and his belief of who He is"
Published in The Bradenton Herald on Mar. 29, 2016