Dean Lee

Dates

November 18, 1933 - September 27, 2020

Obituary

Dean Lee, 86, of Mitchell, SD formerly of Forestburg, SD, died Sunday, September 27, 2020 at Avera Brady Health and Rehab in Mitchell. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Friday, October 2, 2020 at Bittner Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Artesian, SD. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral service at Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Dean Emmett Lee was born November 18, 1933 in Mitchell, SD at St. Joseph Hospital to Ralph and Clara (Fairfield) Lee. Dean attended South Dakota School for the Deaf in Sioux Falls for 12 years, graduating in 1952.

After high school graduation, Dean worked as a farm laborer for several years. He was in a farm partnership with his brother Tom, raising cattle and putting up hay. After he retired, he continued to help various neighbors with farm work.

Dean was involved in providing habitat for pheasants and was an avid deer hunter. He enjoyed feeding and watching birds at his home northeast of Forestburg. He could always be seen driving around in his pickup with a black lab companion in the back. Other hobbies of Dean’s were watching baseball, basketball, and football on TV and he took in many Dakota Wesleyan and Sanborn Central games. His mother always said: Dean’s most fun past time was “putting his feet under the table” to see if he could win a few bucks from a card game at the local pub while eating a chili dog and drinking a beer.

Dean was very interested in education for kids. Therefore, in 1998 he started the “Dean Lee” scholarship fund to the South Dakota School for the Deaf which provided a senior to further his/her education, and elementary grades to purchase needed items for the classroom. Dean was invited each year to attend the graduation and present this scholarship and a monetary gift. He also gave a monetary gift to the Artesian, Letcher, and Forestburg Schools in 2003 to help towards the purchase of land to build a new centrally located school in Forestburg.

Dean had a handicap of not speaking or hearing, but he did not let this get in his way of communicating with others, as he could always pull out a notebook and pen from his shirt pocket to share a story or get caught up on the “local news”.  

Dean is survived by his cousins and many friends.  He is preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother, James, and his brother, Richard (Tom).  Dean appreciated the friendships he made with the staff and residents at Countryside Living and the great care he received from Avera Brady nurses and hospice care staff.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Sanborn Central Scholarship Foundation. Dean’s love for hunting would make it appropriate to wear hunting attire to his services.


Visitation(s)

Date
Friday, October 2, 2020
Time
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301

Service

Date
Friday, October 2, 2020
Time
11:00 AM
Location
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301

Cemetery

Mt. Pleasant Cemetery
Artesian, SD


Posted by Jim Mitchell on October 3, 2020
He was a good athlete at SDSD and I played with him during high school. When he visited at Deaf Club and I enjoyed his company [talked about sports] he knew a lot of sports in South Dakota - high school and college....Rest in peace, ❤️
Posted by Audrey Stahl on October 2, 2020
Dean was a great guy. I always enjoyed visiting with him. Rest in Peace, Dean!
Posted by Jim Mitchell on October 2, 2020
He was a good athlete at SDSD and I played with him during high school. When he visited at Deaf Club and I enjoyed his company [talked about sports] he knew a lot of sports in South Dakota - high school and college....Rest in peace, ❤️
Posted by Larry Puthoff on October 2, 2020
Dean graduated from the SD School for the Deaf before I became a student as a second grader a few years later. I have known Dean as an alumni of SDSD and a good friend within the Deaf community of Sd. He will be missed. Rest In Peace, Dean.
Posted by Jeanette & Don Jones on October 2, 2020
Dean was so friendly and I enjoyed talking to him on his notebook. Going to miss him.
Posted by LAWAYNE PETESCH on October 1, 2020
YOU &TOM WERE LIK A 2ND & 3RD BROTHER TO ME AT OUR HOUSE, R.I.P. DEAN YOU WILL BE MISSED YOU WERE A GOOD FRIEND TO ALL,
Posted by Dewayne and Margo Edwards on September 30, 2020
Dean will be remembered. Bless his memory..too many stories to tell! Our prayers with his extended families and friends.
Posted by Marlene Warnke on September 30, 2020
Dean was an avid DWU Basketball fan, we will greatly miss him! Our sympathy to his family and friends.
Posted by annette kost on September 30, 2020
Dean was a wonderful friendand will be missed by all he knew.Im sure there's so card playing going on with him and his friends.

Posted by Greg C Schaeppi on September 30, 2020
My younger deaf Bro Brad and l enjoyed pheasant hunting experience with Dean a few times.
We will miss him very dearly. Rest in peace, Amen!
Posted by Kathy Peterson on September 29, 2020
The community has definitely lost a legend, a cherished neighbor, and friend to all. God's grace and blessings.
Posted by Margaret Ann Briggs Samuels on September 29, 2020
A good friend and model to his friends and neighbors. A lifelong feature in my life.
Posted by Dan Schneider on September 29, 2020
I also met Dean at Countryside when our father lived there. He and Dean had a great friendship and loved to tease and pick on each other. He was such a genuinely good and nice man. Our prayers are with his family.
Posted by Sandy Neugebauer on September 28, 2020
I met Dean while my mom was at Countryside Living. He was was such a friendly, kind and caring man. He always was so kind to my mom, giving her a note or a piece of candy just to brighten her day. Heaven gained a saint! Rest in Peace Dean.
Posted by Kori Clarambeau on September 28, 2020
SO Very sad to hear this, he was such a caring sole, and always had smile!!
Posted by Dianna Senska on September 28, 2020
So sad to read this..he was am icon at Forestburg events..may he rest in peace..❤️🙏🙏
Posted by Curt Rees on September 28, 2020
Rest in peace, my friend. I am sure you will once again be visiting the fence line at McDowell's.
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