Dean McDonald age 79 of De Smet, SD died August 22, 2015 at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD after a brave battle of cancer. Funeral services will be held Wednesday August 26th at 10:30am at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in De Smet. Visitation will be held at the church from 5-7 PM on Tuesday August 25th with a prayer service at 7 PM. Osthus Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Dean was born on July 12, 1936 in Alpena, SD to Joseph and Miriam (Tremblay) McDonald. When he was a small boy, he moved to Garretson, SD and called the town home until he entered the Army in 1954. He was stationed in Germany before returning to the States. While remaining in the National Guard, he started work at Raven Industries in Sioux Falls.
He met the love of his life, JoAnn Bauman, and after a three month courtship, they married on September 23, 1961. They had four children: Cathie, David, Sean, and Diane. His life centered on his wife, kids, and faith.
In 1976, the family moved to De Smet where Dean managed the new Raven Industries plant. Throughout life, Dean enjoyed golfing, hunting, and traveling. He took several extensive trips with his family in the U.S and Europe, going across “the pond” four times. He said, though, that his favorite pastime was spending time with family. Family gatherings were always filled with laughter and love.
Aside from his family, one of the things he was most proud of was his service to his country. After 44 years of service, Dean retired from the National Guard as a Master Sergeant. Shortly after, he retired from Raven Industries in 1999. He had been a loyal employee there for over 33 years. These long-term commitments are indicative of the loyalty, faithfulness, and devotion that he embodied.
Dean was also a voracious learner. In fact, he was considered the “go-to-guy” before Google. He was a quiet man with a soft heart, but he had a beautiful sense of humor that he exercised frequently to the delight of those around him.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, JoAnn; sons, David (Jennifer) McDonald of Hill City, SD, and Sean (Jenny) McDonald of Colton, SD; daughter Diane (Troy) Sturgeon of Sioux Falls, SD; thirteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren with a third on the way; brother John (Polly) McDonald of Rock Rapids, IA, Bruce McDonald of Sacramento, CA, Ron McDonald of Sioux Falls, SD; sisters Ethel (Bill) Schraad of Edmond, OK, Kay McDonald of Santa Cruz, CA, Sheila (Walt) Wolles of Mountain View, CA, Pat (Bud Dickerson) McDonald of Palm Desert, CA, Jeanne (Kim Nagel) McDonald of Brandon, MS, and special friends and neighbors Terry and Trisha Holland and boys.
He is preceded in death by his daughter Cathie, his brothers Phillip and Gary, and his parents.
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