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Dean R. Van Voast

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TURNER - Dean R. Van Voast, 82, a farmer, died in a farm accident Saturday at his farm in Turner.
His funeral is 10:30 a.m. Thursday in the Turner High School gym, with burial in Turner Cemetery. Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook is in charge of arrangements.
Dean is survived by his loving wife, Rose (Olafson) Van Voast; sons Francis (Peggy) Van Voast and Don (Valerie) Van Voast, all of Turner; daughters Darla (Phillip Kolar) Quinlan of Lewistown and Bette Jo (Jay) Snider of Hogeland; grandchildren Ricki (Chris) Brueher of Spokane, Wash., Jess Van Voast of Havre, Josh Van Voast of Billings, Jeanne (Chad) Lee of Helena, Angie (Matt) Eckdahl of Superior, Colo., Robert Van Voast of Turner, Tyler, LeAnn and Lissa Quinlan, all of Lewistown, and Zach, Lacie, and Lane Snider, all of Hogeland; great-grandsons Colton and Jacob Brueher of Spokane, Wash.; brothers Curt Van Voast of Rollins and Jack (Carla) Van Voast of Turner; sister-in-law Gen (Ed) Emery of Conrad; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Warner and Bobby; and great-grandson Andrew.
Dean Ransom Van Voast was born April 21, 1924, in Turner, Mont., the second son of Jess and Cora (Calvert) Van Voast. He died Saturday, July 29, 2006, in a tragic farm accident in Turner.
Dean graduated from Turner High School in 1942 and remained close friends with many of his classmates. He married his lifelong dance partner, Rose Olafson, on Aug. 17, 1947, in Havre, Mont., and they danced through life with Rose's twin sister Ruth and her husband Cranny Hawley.
Dean and Rose were blessed with two sons and two daughters. Dean lived his entire life in Turner and his chosen profession was farming. He honed his farming skills as a young man, working with his father and brothers before purchasing his own family farm, where he lived and worked with his sons. As an active community member, Dean was involved in the NFO, school board, Turner Volunteer Fire Department, Toastmasters, and also held a private pilot's license. He worked for Big Flat Electric in Turner for one winter, at the radar base north of Havre for a winter, farmed in Canada with good friend Gerald Hutton, and farmed in the Bear Paw Mountains for eight years with Francis and Don.
Dean enjoyed visiting, consulting and traveling with his beloved brother Jack and Jack's wife Carla. He especially looked forward to the annual family reunion on Flathead Lake at his brother Curt's. Throughout his life, he had a passion for farming, flying, inventing and practical jokes. Whenever you think of Dean, we hope you remember him for big tractors, low-flying airplanes, his inventions, hot peanuts and coyote callers!
Memorials may be given to the Turner Park or to a charity of the donor's choice. Condolences may be sent online to

Published in Great Falls Tribune on Aug. 2, 2006
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