Robert L. Dean, 86, of Norwalk, died Wednesday morning, Feb. 20, 2013, in his home after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Robert L. Dean was born Dec. 30, 1926, in Buckhannon, W.VA., in Upshur County, son of the late Doness and Ruby Dean.
Bob is survived by his wife, Rita M. Dean; his daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and Erv Powell, of New Washington, Ohio, and Diane and Allan Eckstein, of Salt Lake City, Utah; his sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth and Lori Dean, of Johnston, Ohio, and Rodney and Maggie Dean, of Galion, Ohio; and his brother, Russell Dean, of Bolivar, Ohio. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, five stepgrandchildren, three stepgreat-grandchildren, and by his stepchildren, Tammy Hipp, of Norwalk, John Kerper, of Norwalk, and Paula Kerper, of Milan.
Bob was preceded in death by two brothers.
He served in the U.S. Navy from Feb. 28, 1944 to July 13, 1946, and was stationed at the Naval Air Station in New Orleans, La. Bob was honorably discharged with the Victory Ribbon and the American Area Ribbon.
He was a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College of Buckannon, W.Va., The Ohio State University of Columbus and Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio. His teaching certificates were in chemistry, physics, mathematics and school administration. Bob taught four years at Cowen High School, Webster County, W.Va., five years at Tiro Consolidated School, Tiro, Ohio, where he served three years as a teacher/principal and superintendent; eight years at Buckeye Central High School, New Washington, Ohio, as a principal and superintendent, then moved to Norwalk where he served four years as an elementary principal and the balance of this career as assistant superintendent.
After retirement, he attended massotherapy school and graduated in 1991. He had his own massotherapy business until he retired in 2002.
Bob loved wood working, gardening, canning, cooking and baking, and being outdoors. Bob was very active in the Norwalk Eagles 711, spanning 37 years, having held many offices including club president.
Friends may call 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at Walker Funeral Home, 98 W. Main St., Norwalk and from 9:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25, until a service at 10:30 a.m. at Norwalk First United Methodist Church, 60 W. Main St., Norwalk. The Rev. Gary Streiff will officiate. Entombment will be in Meadow Green Memorial Park, Bogart Road, Huron.
Memorial contributions may be made to Norwalk First United Methodist Church or to Stein Hospice Service, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870.
Condolences may be shared at edwalkerfuneralhome.com.