Charles Harvey Dean, 86, of Meredosia, passed away Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, at his home surrounded by his family.
Harvey was born Sept. 20, 1926, in Petrolia, Kan., the son of Charles Ray and Doris Rosella (Reeder) Dean. He married Catherine M. Campbell who survives.
He is also survived by one son, John Robert Dean and wife Carol, who reside in Mount Sterling; two grandchildren, John Michael Dean of Mount Sterling and Jessica, husband Matt Lublinsky, of New York City. A sister, Evelyn Lucille Willner of Virginia, also survives.
Harvey moved to Illinois from Kansas at the age of 14, and enlisted in the U.S. Navy from Ripley at the age of 17. He served in World War II as a carpenter's mate aboard the USS Samar, a mine sweeper repair ship in the Pacific.
When he returned to private life, he joined the Carpenters Union and worked as a carpenter until 1958. He then became a firefighter for the City of Jacksonville, retiring some 20 years later as fire chief. After retirement, he moved to a small farm in Greene County, where he served for six years as Athensville Township Supervisor. He also worked part-time for Greene County Mutual Insurance Co. as an inspector.
He coached the Jacksonville Elks Pony and Colt League baseball teams. He was a life member of the VFW Post 6408 of Havana, a life member of the AMVETS Post in Jacksonville, and a 50-year member of Illinois Odd Fellows Lodge 4 in Jacksonville.
He was an avid horseman who loved trail riding. He was a founder of the Indian Creek Trail Riders. His favorite hobby was fishing. He especially loved trot lining and jug fishing in Meredosia Bay. He loved catching fish and giving them away to friends. He loved his family, friends, neighbors, and his St. Louis Cardinals. He always was giving a helping hand to those that needed it.
A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Thursday at Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Meredosia, with burial at Palm Cemetery, southwest of Rushville. The family will meet friends 4-6 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Cass-Schuyler Area Hospice. Condolences may be left at www.buchanancody.com.
Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on Nov. 13, 2012