On March 30 2015 Emil W Dean passed away peacefully in his home in Cadillac. He was born December 19, 1932, and is survived by his wife of 63 years Margaret Edith Dean. Additionally he is survived by 5 children: Rick and Judy Dean, Terry and Pam Dean, Sheila and Tom Brunner, Mary Ellen and Gary Bowling, and James and Tammy Dean. He also has 14 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his mother and father, Glen and Fay Dean: two brothers, Lee Dean and Bruce Dean, and one sister, Pat Barnett.
He and his wife lived in the Bear Lake area from 1961 to 2000 and spent the next 15 years traveling around the country in their motor home.
He was a fishing guide for 32 years and was inducted into the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in 1997. He was instrumental in the development of the charter fishing industry in Manistee County as well as the State of Michigan. He was one of the founders of the Michigan Charter Boat Association. Additionally he received many other awards for contributions to the Lake Michigan fishery including being appointed to the Great Lakes Advisory Committee by Governor William G Milliken. He was a member of the Clam Lake Masonic Lodge located in Cadillac.
A celebration of life will be held in Kaleva at the Big Bear Sportsman Club 8927 Puustinen Rd
Kaleva, MI 49614 , Saturday the Fourth of April from 1 to 3 pm.
In lieu of flowers the family would like donations made in his name to Hospice of Munson at 1105 6th St, Traverse City, MI 49684 or to Clam Lake Masonic Lodge at 124 1/2 N Mitchell St,
Cadillac MI 49601