Edwin Brownlie Dean

November 10, 1953June 6, 2018

Edwin Brownlie Dean, 64 of Ankeny, Iowa passed away on June 6, 2018 at Mercy Hospice in Johnston, Iowa as a result of Lewy Bodies Disease and Parkinson following his diagnosis in 2012.

Edd was born on November 10, 1953 in Grinnell, Iowa, one of four children born to the late Edgar Richard Dean and Mary Frances Clayton Dean.

A long-time resident of Grinnell, he was a 1972 graduate of Grinnell High School. Edd was always active and a hard worker. He had a love of classic cars, especially his 1978 silver 25th anniversary Corvette. He enjoyed watching NASCAR and attending the Newton Speedway. Prior to his retirement, Edd worked for 18 years as a Correction Officer for the State of Iowa in Newton, Iowa. He attended Ankeny Christian Church (Disciples of Christ.)

Edd is survived by his loving wife of forty-four years Sandi Dean; his daughter, Jennifer (Steve) Lesher of Somerset, Kentucky; his son, Henry Clay (Jade) Dean of Ankeny, Iowa; Seven grandchildren: Rebecca Dean, Samantha Dean, Mary Lesher, Jessica Lesher, Christina Dean, Alena Dean, Alexander Lesher; and three siblings: Allen (Carol) Dean, Barbara Sue Dean Smith, Catherine (Dale) Harding and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service for Edd will be held at Ankeny Christian Church in Ankeny, Iowa on Monday June 11, 2018 at 11:00 am. A private interment will be done at the Dean Family Cemetery at Rebel’s Cove in Putman County Missouri.

In lieu of flowers, memorials given will be donated to the Rebel’s Cove Historical Society.


  • Memorial Service Monday, June 11, 2018

Edwin Brownlie Dean

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Barbara "Babs" Dean Smith

June 11, 2018

Edd, as a young boy, fell while stepping up onto a curb while pushing a lawn- mower and carrying a glass jug of gasoline. His forearm was sliced open, soaking many hand towels while enroute to the ER. Mother was told that Edd probably would not recover use of his arm, that it would take so much work for him. But. . . all of us helped him with physical therapy exercises and stretches. That is partially where Edd got his name "steady Eddie" and working with him was a sign of Love. We cared deeply.
He's my little brother and will always be such a loved boy. Pain is increased when there has been love lost.
See you later, alligator, after while crocodile!