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Dean L. Moss

November 9, 1928 June 12, 2020
Dean L. Moss
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Dean L. Moss, 91, of Kewanee, passed away at 12:54 pm, Friday, June 12, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family. Dean was born November 9, 1928 in Kewanee, to Wilfred A. and Ethel L. (Peterson) Moss. He married his childhood friend and later sweetheart, Marilyn J. Wolf on October 1, 1950 in Kewanee, and they would have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary this year.
Survivors include his wife, children, Pam Tarlton, TN, Cyndi (Steve) Ross, TX, Debbie (Peter) Old, Australia, Greg (Vickie) Moss, MO, Jill (Irv) Kelman, IL, Penny (Rob) Adkison, IL; daughter-in-law, Laura, TN; brother, Gary (Sue) Moss, TN; grandchildren, Jason (Kristen) Adkison, Joshua Adkison, Cortney Moss (Dewayne) Brimer, Trevor Moss; great grandchildren, Kelsi Adkison, Kaden Deline, Korbyn Brimer and many wonderful step-grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Daryl; parents; and brother, Wilfred Moss, Jr.
Dean graduated in 1947 from Wethersfield High School and was actively involved in sports, band and held many offices. His wife and all seven children were also WHS graduates. He was an electrician, owned Moss Electric Shop and was a bottle gas distributor for 40 years. He was in the military from 1947-1973, retiring as Captain. He was in the Illinois Army National Guard from 1947-1952, serving in active duty in Korea from December 1952 – September 1953. He was awarded the Bronze Star medal for meritorious service with the 65th Engineer Combat Battalion in Korea for participating in 28 patrols and spent 15 days in command of a reinforced platoon which occupied an outpost “Tom”, a position that was shelled by the enemy every day and night. He was in the Illinois National Guard from 1953-1969 and the US Army Reserves, where he retired in 1973.
Dean’s hobbies and interests included playing the cornet, trumpet and organ. He started playing “Taps” for military funerals when he was in the 8th grade. He was in the Black Knights Drum and Bugle Corps, member of the American Legion, Frank Craig WHS Reunion president, inducted into the Wethersfield Academic Hall of Fame in 2014, went to Washington DC on the Honor Flight with his daughter Jill in 2015, member of the Allendale Club where he camped and fished, roller skated with family, won dance contests with his wife, played cards, tinkered with clocks, had a joke for every occasion and did not know a stranger. He loved and enjoyed his family, friends and pets.
Because of the traveling and quarantine restrictions due to the Coronavirus, there will be a private graveside service at Evergreen Memorial Gardens. Bishop-Elect Jerry Rafalko will officiate. Military Rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. A Celebration of Life will be announced next year when family and friends can be together. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the VA of Iowa City or OSF Hospice of Galesburg who took wonderful care of him. Please leave an online condolence for Dean’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com. His wife, companion and love of his life Marilyn, was beside him all the way. Until we meet again Dad…we love and miss you. Thank you Captain Moss, you served us well.

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Services are Private. Celebration of Life to take place at later date.

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Location

Evergreen Memorial Gardens Final Resting Place

Route 78
Kewanee, IL 61443

Route 78 Kewanee 61443 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

Iowa City VA Health Care System

601 Hwy 6 West
Iowa City, IA 52246

OSF Hospice

3405 N. Seminary Street
Galesburg, IL 61401
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