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Charles A. "Bud" Dean, 97, of Cochran Drive passed away the morning of April 9, 2017, at The Grove at New Wilmington.
Born Oct. 8, 1919, in New Castle, he was the son of John William Dean and Elizabeth Richardson Dean Porter.
He was preceded in death on Feb. 7, 1997, by his first wife of 50 years, Gayle A. Love Dean, whom he married Oct. 24, 1946. He subsequently married Mary L. Ludwig Rainey Dean on Sept. 30, 2000. She survives at home.
After his graduation from El Monte Union High School in California, Bud served his country in the Navy during World War II. As a member of the Amphibious Corps, he served on an LSM in the Pacific Theater.
A union carpenter with Local 420, Mr. Dean was a homebuilder, specializing in construction framing.
Among his many interests, Bud enjoyed sailing and even built a few sailboats himself. He also liked hunting and fishing and being active in the New Castle Playhouse. He was a member of the American Legion.
An active member of Epworth United Methodist Church, Bud sang in the choir, served as a former Trustee, Sunday school teacher, and participated in several church functions.
In addition to his wife Mary, he is survived by one son, Charles "Tom" (Jane A.) Dean of Volant; one daughter, Marsha (Ronald) Niemi of New Castle; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Gayle; one brother, Chester Dean; and three sisters, Ruth Cleland, Eleanor Reed and Dorothy Kegarise.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the R. Cunningham Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 2429 Wilmington Road.
A funeral service will take place on Thursday at 11 a.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church, 805 E. Washington St., New Castle, with the Rev. Wayne Schar officiating.
Military rites will be performed by the New Castle Area Honor Guard.
Burial will be in Oak Park Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Epworth United Methodist Church, the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimer's Association.
Online condolences may be offered at www.cunninghamfh.com.
Published on April 10, 2017
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