October 17, 1918 - July 7, 2014
Dean passed away peacefully late Monday night, in the presence of his family and friends.
He was one of six children born to Alford and Vallie Dickman in Westmoreland, Kansas. They later moved to Meeker, CO, where his father was the City Marshall, and he graduated high school. After attending an engineering school in Oakland, CA for two years, he returned to Meeker and worked on a ranch for seven years.
Dean also served in the U.S. Army
in 1943 for the 512th Field Artillery Battalion. After entering WWII
at D-Day and serving in the Battle of the Bulge, he was honorably discharged with the Bronze Star
Medal in 1946.
It was in Meeker, however, where he met his wife, Lois. They moved to Junction City, KS where they gave birth to their only child, Verna Lynn. They later moved to Great Bend, KS to pursue opportunities as drive-in owners. The family eventually moved back to the Western Slope in Grand Junction, CO to open another drive-in restaurant, Dean's Drive In - home of the locally famous Pizza Burger.
After retiring, Dean and Lois spent their time in Grand Junction and 18 years of winter months in Apache Junction, AZ. With his free time, he enjoyed camping and fishing on the Grand Mesa as well as woodworking crafts, gardening, and playing pool at the local Senior Center.
Dean was a faithful member of Northeast Christian Church where he attended regularly.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Lois; sister, Velna, and two brothers, Kenneth and Russell "Buck".
Survivors include one daughter, Verna, and her husband, Floyd Elliott of Grand Junction; two grandchildren, Travis Elliott of Aspen and Amy Elliott of Grand Junction, and one great-grandson, Jaiden; two brothers, Gerald of Alamosa, CO, and Ronnie and his wife, Kay of Tucson, AZ, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was loved by many more and will be missed by all who knew him.
Dean felt he had the best of care, thanks to HopeWest and the VA Hospital.
His farewell and last service will be at the Northeast Christian Church on Saturday, July 12 at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be at the Veterans Cemetery in Grand Junction on a future date.
Donations, in Dean's name, can be made to HopeWest Hospice.