Cleveland's Story

SKOWHEGAN - Cleveland Stanley "Stan" Dean, 93, passed away Monday, April 13, 2015, in Skowhegan. Stan was born March 26, 1922, in Madison, to Cleveland J. and Mabel (Rich) Dean.

He was educated in Madison schools and graduated from Madison High School with the class of 1941. He served with the U.S. Army during WWII. Upon Stan's return from the Army, he married Norma G. Brack on June 17, 1944, in Skowhegan. Stan went on to attend machinist school and worked on the Victory ships at Bath Iron Works. Stan sold Stanley Home products part time for many years though out all of Central Maine. He worked many years for Perkins Machine Shop in Madison before retiring in 1984. Stan was a 32 nd Degree Mason, a 50-year member of the Somerset Lodge #34 of Skowhegan and a 50-year member of the Kora Temple Shrine. He was also a member of the Centenary United Methodist Church of Skowhegan. Stan was very active in the Bluegrass community. For the past 30 years he has organized an annual Bluegrass Jam held in the month of August at the Dean residence. Stan also organized a monthly Bluegrass Jam in Country Aire Village in Zephyrhills, FL., during the winter months. The monthly Bluegrass Jam in Zephyrhills is now known as "Stan's Jam." Stan was also an avid woodworker. He enjoyed the time spent in his woodworking shop "Old Goat Woodworking" in Skowhegan.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Norma (Brack) Dean of Skowhegan; his daughter, Marilyn Vontobel of Skowhegan; his son, Brian S. Dean and his wife, Marcie, of Skowhegan; his grandchildren, Bill Vontobel of Las Vegas, NV, Dustin Dean and his wife, Lenise, of Glenburn and Troy Dean and his wife, Kris, of Scarborough; and his great-grandchildren, Lauren, Cooper, Cameron and Spencer Dean.

Visiting hours will be held from 4-7 p.m. Friday, April 17, at Giberson Funeral Home, 40 Maple St., Madison. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at the Centenary Untied Methodist Church, Dr. Mann Rd., Skowhegan. Interment will be later in the spring at the Southside Cemetery, Skowhegan. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make a memorial contribution, in Stanley's name, to the Somerset Humane Society, P.O. Box 453, Skowhegan, ME 04976.
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