F. William Dean
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F. William Dean, 87, of Bethlehem, passed away on September 10, 2013. Born in Easton on March 8, 1926, he was the son of Floyd M. Dean and Esther (Snyder) Dean of Washington, NJ. He was predeceased in death by his domestic partner of 53 years, William (Billy) Baab. William was raised in Washington, NJ, where he spent his first 65 years. He attended schools there and was a 1943 graduate of Washington High School. He began working at Fliegauf Jewelers in 1942 as a watch maker/clock maker. He was called to serve in the US Navy during WWII and was recalled to active duty for the Korean War, after which he worked for Larsen Jewelers of Easton, PA, for 14 years. He then returned to Fliegauf in Washington, and worked there until he retired at the age of 80. William was a life-long member of the Washington Methodist Church. Bill was a past president of the Valley Forge Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. He was a Director and Trustee of the Watson Trust of California. He was a member of the Hunter-Martin Settlement of Martins Creek, PA; the Washington Historical Society, NJ; the Warren County Historical Society in NJ; and the Williams Township Historical Society in PA. He was also a member of the Harmony and Oxford Historical Societies in New Jersey as well as the Springfield Township Society in Bucks County, PA. He was a life member of the American Legion in Washington, NJ. William was a member of the Safety First Fire Company of West Easton. He belonged to the Music Box Society, the Automatic Musical Instrument Collectors Association. He was a director of the Schwabish-Gmund Association (Bethlehems German sister city association). He was a founding member of both the Pierce Arrow Society and the Classic Car Club of America. He was a member of the Antique Auto Club of America, the Veterans Motor Car Club. He was also a member of the Morgan Owners Club and the British Sports Car Club of the Lehigh Valley. Survivors: He is survived by his brother, C. Richard Dean, and his wife, Deborah, of Williams Township, PA; a niece, Aundrea L. Schmidt, and her husband, James Schmidt, of Phillipsburg, NJ; and a nephew, Gregory S. Dean, of Riegelsville, PA; and many cousins in both PA and NJ. Services: Graveside, 1 p.m., Saturday, September 21, 2013, Nisky Hill Cemetery, 254 E. Church St., Bethlehem, PA 18018. For directions and to offer your condolences to the family, visit falkfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to Falk Funeral Homes & Crematory, (610) 838-9191, 1418 Main St., Hellertown, PA 18055. Contributions: In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Hunter Martin Settlement Museum, c/o Post Office Box 163R, Martins Creek, PA 18063.
Published in Morning Call on Sept. 17, 2013