Dean Moore, 82, died under hospice care Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, at the Senior Care Nursing facility in San Angelo, Texas. Family members were at his side. Dean had lived at Senior Care for the past eight years to be near his son following a severe brain injury that happened on his farm in Iowa.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at Fry Funeral Home in Tipton. Burial will be at Masonic Cemetery in Tipton. Visitation will be Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent to Dean's family at www.fryfuneralhome.com.
Dean Moore was born Aug. 8, 1934, in Stanwood, Iowa, the son of Leo and Alice Moore. Dean graduated from Springdale High School in 1952. He lived in Wittier, Calif., for a year after graduation. After his return to Iowa, Dean married Joyce Gaul in 1954 at the Little Brown Church. They were married 52 years until Joyce's passing. Dean worked at Wilson's in Cedar Rapids for five years amd then farmed near Mechanicsville for over 40 years.
Dean was one of the last small farmers in Cedar County, raising hogs, cows, corn and beans. His corn and bean fields were always clean as he took great pride in that. Dean was a superb farmer and a great mechanic. He could fix most anything with some baling wire and a pair of pliers. Dean built several dirt track stockcars in the mid-1960s with his good friend, Cy Bohr. Dean and Cy raced together for several years at the Davenport, Hawkeye Downs and Tipton tracks.
Dean will be remembered as always having a smile on his face and for never knowing a stranger, as he would talk to anyone. Dean also loved to watch the Iowa Hawkeyes play basketball.
Dean's family includes his son, Randy and wife Vonda of San Angelo, Texas; his daughter, Sandy and husband Jeff Blair of Kirkville, Iowa; and his sister-in-law, and brother-in-law, Phyllis and Hal Harmet of Hinsdale, Ill. Dean had six grandchildren and 10 great- grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, his father-in-law and mother in-law, Vic and Helen Gaul, and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Donna and Mark Nash.
Special thanks go out to the Senior Care Nursing Home staff and Hospice of San Angelo staff. The love and support they provided Dean in his final days was truly remarkable.