Dean Stilley, ChamberlainDean Stilley, 92, Chamberlain, died Thursday, March 14, 2013, at Sanford Medical Center, Chamberlain.
Dean Stilley, 92, Chamberlain, died Thursday, March 14, 2013, at Sanford Medical Center, Chamberlain.
He was born on July 6, 1920.
A private family burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Chamberlain.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Hickey Funeral Chapel, Chamberlain, with the family present.
Ernest Dean Stilley was born on the family farm near Chamberlain to Dallas W. and Isabel (Beach) Stilley.
He attended country school at rural Chamberlain and graduated from Chamberlain High School.
After high school, he attended college in Chicago, studying music, piano and the organ.
Dean was drafted into the U.S. Army, serving in the Pacific as a medic during World War II.
After his discharge, he returned to Chamberlain, where he worked on the farm with his stepfather George Otto. He also gave piano and organ lessons to many kids in the area.
On Feb. 15, 1961, Dean was united in marriage to Janet (Plott) Hartman at the United Church of Christ in Chamberlain.
Shortly after their marriage, they moved south of Chamberlain to the farm where Dean remained until his passing.
Dean liked to hunt and fish. He enjoyed collecting rocks and also making jewelry. Dean especially enjoyed playing the piano and organ. In his younger days, Dean liked flying his Piper Cub.
Gratefully sharing in his life are son Steve Hartman and wife Jill, Chamberlain; and grandchildren: Rebecca, Bettie and Doug Hartman, Chamberlain.
Preceding him in death were his parents and his wife, Janet, on May 10, 1997.
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