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A resident of Ava for the past five years Edward Leslie Dean, son of Everett Dorr Dean and Alice Marion Hanson Dean, was born on Nov. 29, 1935, in Kandiyohi County, Minn., and passed from this life on May 20, 2007, in Cox Medical Center South, Springfield, at the age of 71 years.
Ed was a resident of Ava for the past five years moving from California. In high school Ed was very active in the FFA holding all the offices. He was a retired vice president of West Coast Division of Greif Brothers Co. He worked with them for 45 years. On Dec. 15, 1955 Ed and Marie Soderberg were united in marriage in New Hampton, Iowa and to this union two children were born. Ed was an active volunteer. He served as past president of Rotary in Morgan Hill, Calif., and also served for the United Way. Ed donated 17 plus gallons of blood to the American Red Cross. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed antique farm equipment.
Ed’s joy was working on his farm with his wife, Marie, in the Ava community.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, Paul, infant Karl, Roger, Richard Dean and one niece, Marnie Dean.
He is survived by his wife, Marie, of the home in Ava; one son, Michael Allan Dean, Baltimore, Md.; and one daughter, Dawn Marie Dean, Gilroy, Calif.; three grandchildren, Ingrid and Anthony Dean, Severna Park, Md., and Christopher Dean, Gilroy, Calif.; one sister, Alice Dorschner and husband, David, Montevideo, Minn.; one brother, David Dean and wife, Jeanne, Litchfield, Minn.; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Memorial service is Tuesday, May 29, at 2 p.m. at the Sweden Church, Ava, with Pastor Joshua Strong officiating. A memorial service will be held June 23, at 2 p.m. at the Litchfield, Minn., Assembly of God Church. The family requests memorials to a hospice or the donor’s charity of choice.
Services are being conducted by Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava. Online condolences may be made to www.clinkingbeardfuneralhome. com.