FRANKLIN GROVE – The Rev. Vernon Fred Dean, of Franklin Grove, passed away Sunday, July 8, 2018, one day after his 90th birthday, at Serenity Hospice & Home in Oregon. He was a meat cutter at Jewel for over 30 years and was called into the ministry in 1988. His most recent pastorship was the Franklin Grove Church of the Brethren, before his retirement in 2014.
Vernon was born July 7, 1928, in Chicago, the son of Fred Vernon and Margaret Ruth (Schmidt) Dean. He married Edna Fay Lein on June 18, 1955, in Chicago. Vernon was very involved in the church and enjoyed solving sudoku and crossword puzzles. He served his country in the Army and was a member of VFW Post 540 in Dixon. Vernon was a member of the meat cutters’ union, served as a Boy Scout leader, and attended Dixon Church of the Brethren.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Edna Dean of Franklin Grove; one son, Gary (Martha) Dean of Callaway, Virginia; one daughter, Evelyn Leyva of Lombard; five grandchildren, Joshua, Micah, and Aaron Dean, James Leyva, and Anthony (Angela) Leyva; one sister, Susan (Gregory) Zalewski of Addison; and three nieces, Marlyce Hall, Mirela Enz, and Agata Foster.
Vernon was preceded in death by his parents; one son as a toddler, Bruce Allan Dean; and one brother, Allan Dean.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m., and the funeral at 11 a.m. Saturday at Dixon Church of the Brethren, with the Rev. Blaine Miner officiating. Burial will be at a later date at Oakridge-Glen Oak Cemetery in Hillside. Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon is handling arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to Camp Emmaus in Mount Morris.
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