Donald Edward Dean, 83

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Donald Edward Dean, 83, of Mt. Carmel, Illinois, peacefully passed away Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at Oakview Heights surrounded by his loving family.

He was born June 12, 1934, in Lick Prairie, Illinois, the son of Granville and Dale (Voigt) Dean. Donnie was in the Mt. Carmel High School graduating class of 1952. On August 14, 1954, Donnie married Patsy Lathrop in Mt. Carmel. They had a wonderful 63 years!

Donnie was a member of Evangelical United Methodist Church. He was the owner of Dean’s Office Supply for 48 years (1956-2004). Donnie was a past member of Lion’s Club, a lifetime member of Mt. Carmel Elks #715, coached Little League baseball, was a director of American Savings and Loan, an avid Mt. Carmel High School and Wabash Valley College Booster, loved horse racing and was truly an IU fan. One of his greatest passions was mowing. Above all Donnie loved spending time with all of his family at Mesa Lake boating and water skiing.

Left to cherish Donnie’s memory is Patsy, his loving wife of 63 years; children Teresa Jane Harris and husband Rodney and Robert G. Dean and his wife Robin, both of Mt. Carmel; grandchildren Melanie Brashears and husband Jason, Natalie Stevenson and husband Nathan, Michael Dean and wife Theresa and Allison Johnston and husband Chris; great grandchildren Christian, Chloe, Sophia, Madisyn, Drake, Aubrey, Chase, Vincent, Khade and Alayna; siblings Louise Spencer and husband Bob and Kenneth Dean.

Preceding Donnie in death were his parents, father and mother-in-law Robert and Thelma Lathrop, sister-in-law Nell Dean and brother-in-law Gerald Lathrop.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 3, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. in the chapel of Short Funeral Home, 527 N. Mulberry Street, Mt. Carmel, Illinois, with burial following in Highland Memorial Cemetery, 1827 College Drive, Mt. Carmel, Illinois.

Family and friends may gather for a visitation Friday, February 2, 2018, from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Short Funeral Home.

Memorials may be given to the Wabash Valley College Foundation. Envelopes will be available at Short Funeral Home.

The family would like to thank Sheila Randall and the wonderful caregivers at Oakview Height’s Alzheimer’s unit.

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Short-Cunningham Funeral Home is honored to serve Donnie’s family.