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William (Bill) Harvey Dean

02/27/1930 - 06/04/2024
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William “Bill” Harvey Dean, 94 of Arthur, IL passed away at 8:50 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4, 2024, at The Arthur Home.

Bill was born on February 27, 1930, in Arthur, IL, the youngest son of William Harvey and Olive Jane “Ollie” (Trower) Dean. He married Cinnie May Everett on July 24, 1956. She passed away in 2002. He later married Beverly Goetz Lacy on January 11, 2003.

He is survived by his wife, Beverly Dean of Arthur, IL; daughter, Rosetta Dean of Winneconne, WI; stepdaughters, Mary Ellen Everett Klingman and her husband Sid of Indianapolis, IN; Debbie Howell and her husband Steve of Arthur, IL; and Kathy Russell and her husband Randy of Gresham, OR; as well as many grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Cinnie Mae; son, Larry Dean; stepchildren, John Everett, Gayle Everett and Margorie Everett Jones; and three siblings, Fred L. Dean, Bernice Dean Dowell and Charles W. Dean.

Bill graduated from Arthur High School in 1949. He was an Air Force Veteran. After being discharged from the Military he graduated from the University of Illinois.

Bill was co-owner and operator of Dean Brother’s Trucking in Arthur for many years. He later accepted a position with the Boy Scouts of America and moved to Wisconsin. After he retired, he went to work for the State of Wisconsin as a bridge tender.  

He always attended church in Wisconsin and most recently he was a member of the Vine Street Christian Church in Arthur, IL. 

Bill was a diehard Green Bay Packer fan and enjoyed playing games, hearts, cribbage and dominoes being his favorites. He played many games of Rumi cube with fellow residents at Eberhardt Assisted living.

He also loved to travel, especially when he could drive. He and his wife drove all over the United States, seeing new places and visiting family, but also went on bus trips to Mexico, Alaska, and flew to the Holy Land.

Bill was a generous man and incorporated his love of driving to help others as he often volunteered to drive people to appointments. He was always ready to help anyone in need.

Being a colorful soul, Bill loved to tell stories of the funny things that happened to him as a younger man and kept everyone laughing and guessing if it really happened. It didn’t really matter, because there was truth and joy in the telling.

A visitation for family and friends will be on Thursday, June 20, 2024, from 2:30 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Mueller Funeral Home 904 E. Main St. Winneconne, WI. A graveside service and military honors will be held on Thursday, June 20 at 3:15 p.m. at the Winneconne Cemetery.

The Edwards Funeral Home-Arcola, IL and Mueller Funeral Home-Winneconne are assisting with arrangements. If you wish, please submit online condolences/memories to muellerfh.net.

Memorials may be made to the Vine Street Christian Church or the local Boy Scouts.

Mary klingman wrote on June 18, 2024
Hi sister, I wanted to share one of my foundest memory of Dad. We enjoyed watching TV westerns together. Everytime he would have a snack of sardines and crackers and everytime I would ask how can you eat that. I fell so blessed to have him as aDad.i can't be with you Thrusday but my thoughts are with you all. Love

Earl Hugh Dowell wrote on June 17, 2024
Dear Bev and family, It was always a special time to be with Bill. To me he was more an older brother than an uncle. He was a kind, generous and fun loving man wo brought joy to those who had the privilege of knowing him. Our oldest granddaughter and her friend are arriving tomorrow and I will not be able to be with you on Thursday in person, but certainly will be with you in spirit. With deepest sympathy, Hugh

William Beck wrote on June 12, 2024
My deepest condolences to you Rose . Sincerely Bill

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