A 1950 graduate of Stone Creek School where he was a proud Panther who wore #11 when he played basketball, Dean was a resident of Tuscarawas County throughout his life, first in Stone Creek and later in Uhrichsville. After high school, he honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Upon returning home from the service, he began his career with Landmark in New Philadelphia where he retired as a grain elevator manager after thirty-five years of employment. Dean was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing and, especially, trapping. He had a deep respect and love for nature which was a theme that ran throughout his life whether he was tending his own gardens, working with the farmers who brought their crops to Landmark or harvesting the bounty the local fields and forests gave him. He was also a fan of Cleveland sports teams, especially the Indians. Dean will be best remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather. He attended Grace United Methodist Church in Uhrichsville.
On January 19, 1974, Dean married the former Jo Ann Dallas with whom he enjoyed nearly forty years of marriage.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by five children, Heather Heid of Dennison, Heidi (Tim) Willison of Uhrichsville, Jim (Amber) Heid of Leesville, Mark (Deb) Heid of Stone Creek and Holly (Brent) Montague of New Philadelphia; grandchildren, Isabel, Aaron, Abby, Sara, Mara, Derek, Deana, Ashley, Todd, Kim and Lesly; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Kenny (Jackie) Heid of Stone Creek; a sister-in-law, Tootie Heid of New Philadelphia; a dear friend of many years, Dave Horsfall; and many beloved nieces, nephews, in-laws and other extended family members. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Paul and Donald Heid.
Services for Dean, officiated by Rev. Larry Malterer, will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, November 15, in the R.K. Lindsey Funeral Home in Dennison. Interment will follow in Stone Creek Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to call at the funeral home from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday. Those wishing to honor his memory by a charitable contribution are encouraged to do so to Grace United Methodist Church. Dean’s family wish to extend a special thank you to Schoenbrunn Healthcare and Community Hospice of Tuscarawas County for their care for Dean.
R.K. Lindsey Funeral Home, Inc.of Dennison