Dean C. Amelon, 74, of rural Iowa City, a longtime area homebuilder, died at his home surrounded by his family on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service, where there will be visitation from 9 a.m. until services. Burial will be at Memory Gardens Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in his memory to Iowa City Hospice. To share a thought, memory or condolence, please
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Dean Charles Amelon was born Aug. 19, 1944, in Iowa City, the son of Earl and Letha (Zahner) Amelon. He attended and graduated from Clear Creek schools. On Aug. 22, 1964, he was united in marriage to Carolyn J. Spenner in Iowa City. Dean along with his two brothers, Duane and Curt, owned and operated Amelon Construction for many years. It was started by their father. His nephews Dave and Jeff became owners and continue to operate the business. During his years of ownership, the company was responsible for building over 300 homes in the Iowa City area. He was very proud of the fact that they never had to spend a dime on advertising as the word of mouth spread about the quality of their workmanship. There was always plenty of business to keep them busy! Dean was so very proud of what he and his brothers and nephews had done.
Dean enjoyed much in his life. He loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, going to the farm with his sons and traveling with Carolyn on trips all over the United States. Duane and Carolyn loved this time of year, the Christmas season, especially the trickery they would play on their family with the wrapping and sharing of presents! Bottom line, family was paramount to both Dean and Carolyn. They would travel anywhere and everywhere to support their boys, and later grandchildren, in their activities. Dean loved being Dad and Grandpa to his family!
His family includes his two sons, Mike Amelon and Ron, and his wife, Chris Amelon; two grandchildren, Ben and Jordan; Dean's sister, Joan Collins; his brother, Duane Amelon (Joyce); sisters-in-law, Phyllis Zahradnek and Mary Carter; as well as numerous extended family members.
Dean was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Carolyn; brother, Curt Amelon; and sister-in-law, Delores Zahradnek.