The Ottumwa Courier

January 14, 2013

Dean Stecker, 94, Mt. Pleasant


MOUNT PLEASANT — Harold Dean Stecker, 94, of Mt. Pleasant, formerly of rural Hillsboro, died at 10:55 a.m. Jan. 11, 2013, at Sunnybrook Ashford Park, Mt Pleasant.

He was born March 29, 1918, at Yates City, Ill., to John and Nellie Meyer Stecker. He married Dorothy F. Elliott Feb. 22, 1947, in Keosauqua. She died May 4, 1986. He married Fern Thornburg in 1988. She preceded him in death in May 2009.

Dean grew up in and spent his entire life farming in Harrisburg Township Van Buren County until retiring to Mt. Pleasant.

He served in Army Air Corps during World War II and was a member of Harrisburg Baptist Church, Van Buren County Farm Bureau, American Legion and an active member of the Christian Motorcycle Association. He enjoyed flying and obtained his pilot’s license.

Surviving are a daughter, Sandra Batten (Bob) of rural Hillsboro;  two sons, Ronald Stecker (Brenda) of Marion and Keith Stecker (Lori) of Williamsburg; a stepdaughter, Rosanna Grinstead (Roger) in Ohio; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Neva Carter of Stockport and Irma Elliott of Bonaparte; and a brother, Gilbert Stecker (Merial) of Keosauqua

In addition to his wives, he was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Lester Stecker; and a sister, Rhea Brombaugh.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Harrisburg Baptist Church north of Bonaparte. Burial with military rites by Sargeant – Osweiler Post #563 American Legion, Bonaparte, will be in Vale Cemetery.  Visitation will open at 2 p.m. today at Pedrick Funeral Home, Keosauqua, with the family present from 5-8 p.m.

Memorials to Harrisburg Baptist Church or Vale Cemetery may be left at the funeral home or the church or mailed to the family at 17192 Willow Ave, Hillsboro, Iowa 52630.

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