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Richard A. Dean

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Richard A. Dean, 90, of Great Falls, a retired retail salesman, died of natural causes Saturday, Nov. 3, at a local care facility.

No services are planned at his request. Schnider Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Richard Adair Dean was born on July 3, 1922, in Valier to Dorwell and Freda (Fulmer) Dean. He went to school and graduated from Valier High School. He moved to Seattle, where he went to work at Boeing. While in Seattle, he entered the U.S. Air Force on Oct. 16, 1942. He was an instructor pilot for a year. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force in April 1947.

While in the Air Force, he married Bennie Fae Wood of Coricana, Texas, on Aug. 4, 1944. She died in 1996. After his discharge he remained in Texas until 1959, when he returned to Valier and farmed for several years. He went into sales and moved to Great Falls, where he worked for Coast to Coast, later A & I Distributors, and finally Certified Labs for seven years retiring in 1987. After which he decided to drive school bus for 14 years. In September 1997, he married Kathleen Darko in Great Falls.

He was a Cub Scout leader for many years at the Oddfellow Lodge. He was a member of the Methodist Church. In his spare time he loved traveling, golfing and woodworking. He enjoyed sports and was an avid football fan.

Richard is survived by his wife Kathleen "Kay" Dean of Great Falls; daughter Terrie Sullivan of Boulder; daughter-in-law Gail Dean of Great Falls; stepchildren, Bev (Dee) Lichty of Jacksonville, Fla.; Doug (Vickie) Darko of Great Falls; brothers, Donald Dean and Dale Dean, both of Big Fork, and Wayne Dean of Great Falls; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by son Richard Dean Jr.; daughter Karen Diane Dean; brother Raymond Dean; and great-granddaughter Daytona.

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Reprinted at the request of the family.

Published in Great Falls Tribune from Nov. 5 to Nov. 6, 2012
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