Dean Fearing

Dean Fearing, 92, of Staples, died June 2, 2018, at Lakewood Health System Hospital in Staples.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at NOON, Thursday, June 7, 2018 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Staples, with Father Joe Korf officiating. Visitation will be held from 5-7PM, Wednesday at Brenny Funeral Chapel in Staples, with a prayer service at 7PM, and also visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment with Military Honors provided by Wadena VFW Post #3922 will be at Evergreen Hill Cemetery in Staples, MN.

Arrangements were by Brenny Funeral Chapel in Staples.

Dean was born May 1, 1926 in Eagle Bend to Floyd and Doris (Weber) Fearing. He was raised and attended school in Eagle Bend. At age 16, he moved to Staples where he started working at Scharf Chevrolet and continued his career there as a car salesman, after it became Nyhus Chevrolet, retiring at age 86. Dean served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and was on the attack transport that carried 1,800 Marines in the first wave at Iwo Jima and Okinawa. He was a cook for the Chiefs Quarters. Dean married Lorraine Carlson on April 25, 1946 in Staples. Lorraine died November 22, 1977. He married Mary Citrowski on May 22, 1982 in Browerville. She died November 25, 2009. Dean loved to go fishing and to fry fish and continued doing so until he was 86. He enjoyed bingo with Henry, Joann and Frank, telling jokes, playing Farkle and cribbage, puzzles and going to the casino with Orv and Marge. He was a Volunteer Fireman for 21 years. Dean was a master at remembering names. He knew generations of families. Dean’s lawn was always impeccable and he kept his apartment “Fearing Clean”, in  true Fearing fashion.

Dean is survived by children, Lori (Blayne) Kern of Bessemer, MI, Patti (Brian) Baustian of Alexandria, Scott (Lori) Fearing of Staples, Kristi (Chris) Lessin of Cohasset, Kelly (Todd) Swenson of San Antonio, TX, Jim (Cindy) Citrowski of Cloquet, Diane Salverson of Verndale, Richard Citrowski of Florida, Marilyn (Rick) Brichacek of Browerville, David (Virg) Citrowski of Richfield; 28 grandchildren; many great and great-great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; one brother, Bruce Fearing; Terry’s significant other, Judy Goodman of Grand Rapids, MI. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; two wives; one son, Terry; six sisters, Connie, Margie, Bonnie, Deanna, Corrine, Annette; three brothers, Norton, Joseph and Leroy (Swede). 

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