R. Dean Macklin – 89

Mt. Morris, IL, R. Dean Macklin, age 89, died Friday June 2, 2017 in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris, IL. Dean was born February 29, 1928 in Harlem, IL the son of Frank C. & Ida Mae (Baker) Macklin. Dean graduated from Stillman Valley High School. He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. Dean married Mabel E. Sprague on August 10, 1951 in Rolla, MO, and she preceded him in death on June 4, 2000. Dean was a over the road truck driver owning and operating his own truck for over 45 years retiring on April 1, 1993. He was a member of the teamsters union.
Dean is survived by his sons: Robert (Kim) Macklin, Mt. Morris, IL; Frank C. Macklin, Bakersfield, CA; Brian (Karen) Macklin, Picayune, MS; daughter: Lou Anne (Gary) Gentsch, Weldon Springs, MO; grandchildren: Molly Macklin, Sandwich, IL; Megan & Bret Macklin, Picayune, MS; Tricia (Billy) Sanders, Indianapolis, IN; and Patrick Gentsch, St. Louis, MO; brother: Kenneth Macklin, Mt. Morris, IL.
Private family services will be held at a later date. Burial will be in Stillman Valley Cemetery, Stillman Valley, IL.

3 thoughts on “R. Dean Macklin – 89”

  1. So sorry to hear of Dean’s passing. I ate many a meal with Dean when I worked at Groog’s and loved to hear him tell the story of when my parents brought me home from the hospital, since we were neighbors for the first year of my life. Dean was one of my favorites at the restaurant and always had a silly joke ready. I feel like his obituary should reference his number of birthdays instead of years since that’s one of his favorite jokes. He will be missed.

  2. My childhood memories are my Dad and my uncle Lawrence (Friemuth boys) making hay with Dean and Kenny ( Macklin boys) in Stillman Valley . Then many years later moving to Mt. Morris and finding them here. So sorry for your loss.

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