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Obituary for Richard Dean
Richard Clay Dean 82, of Sheffield passed away Sunday December 5, 2010 at Heritage Manor nursing home in Chillicothe. He was born June 4, 1928 in Peoria to Frederick B. and Irene Belle Clay Dean. He married JoAnn McLennan November 8, 1969 in Toulon. She preceded him in death in April 2010. He is also preceded in death by his parents and sister; Patricia J. Wilson. He is survived by his children; Kenneth A. (Christina) Dean of Beloit, WI, and Keith A (Edna) Dean of Peoria and grandsons Jadon and Baxter Dean. Richard was a graduate of Sheffield High School and attended classes at Eureka College and worked as a Tow Boat Custodian for the Ohio River Co. retiring in 1971 as the first unlicensed seaman to retire on a pension from that Company. He also worked as a Custodian for IVC School District retiring in 1983. Richard was a Red Cross Blood Donor with a record of 20 gallons donated, and he was a member of Plymouth Congregational Church for 33 years. Dick was always ready to talk openly about Illinois politics and if and when his Chicago Cubs would win the World Series. Cremation has been accorded and a Memorial Service will be held Saturday January 15, 2010 at the Shore Acres Club House in Chillicothe at 11 a.m.. Please bring your memories, photos and stories to share. Memorials may be made to Pilgrim Park, United Church of Christ in Princeton, or Rescue 33 in Chillicothe.