Dean L. Mossburg

June 22, 1962October 9, 2021

Dean Louis Mossburg, 59, of Fort Wayne, Indiana had his last breath taken by COVID at Parkview North Hospital on Saturday, October 9, 2021. He was born in Fort Wayne, IN to the late Donald and Helen Mossburg.

A graduate of South Side High School, Dean went on to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree from Purdue University. He worked as Meter Specialist for Indiana Michigan Power Company for many years. For the last two years he was teaching English in Vietnam. During lockdown in Vietnam, he taught English to children within his building for free.

Dean was very active. He had a love for traveling, kayaking, and attending concerts with his nephew. He could always be found capturing his biking adventures with his GoPro to share with family and friends. A kindhearted man, he was always there to help those in need.

Surviving Dean is a companion Han Vo, of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, a brother Ronald Mossburg, husband of Becky (Stehman) of Manheim, PA, a nephew Jason Mossburg, fiancée of Jennie Singer of Burnie, MD and many cousins that he was close to within the area. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Sarah (Mossburg) Blazer.

Special thanks to his cousin Dian Steffen for being by his side during his final hours and his care team at Parkview North Hospital. Due to COVID and Dean’s wishes, no services will be held at this time. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Literacy Alliance of Fort Wayne.


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Dean L. Mossburg

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Dian Steffen

October 21, 2021

Dean and I at our grandparents’ 50 th anniversary.

Christina Troyer

October 20, 2021

I went to high school with Dean. Liked him very much. Rest in peace my friend💙

Matt King

October 19, 2021

I was lucky enough to work closely with Dean for over a year here in Saigon. Dean was one of the first people I met in Vietnam and was incredibly welcoming when I first started working with him.
Dean was always such an inquisitive, genuine and thoughtful person. If he asked you a question, you knew he would always listen intently. He showed such concern for his students and his fellow colleagues and was a constant source of ideas on how to make everybody’s life easier and how to ensure every kid was having fun both inside and outside the classroom.
Every moment he had at work would be spent with the students. Every 5-minute break, he’d be out in the corridor throwing a ball around and asking the kids questions. He was happy to be silly and a jester too; dressing as Santa at Christmas, wearing terrible wigs and waving around his rubber chicken. Anything to get a laugh out of the kids!
Dean and I would often grab a bowl of pho for lunch on Saturdays. He’d been to over 40 countries and had a story for every single one of them. It was a real pleasure to spend this time with him and hear about his experiences of the world. Every lunch, he’d try and beat me to the cash register to pay for our meal, even though we always took turns. For me, these lunches really encapsulated who Dean was; inquisitive, adventurous and always thinking of others first. I’ll miss you Dean; the next lunch is on me.

Leigh Petty

October 18, 2021

I have no photo to share. I meet Dean as a young teen. Then again while in our 40s. He was a good friend. He made a positive impact on people where ever he went. I think he really found his niche teaching. Also, the cubs did win. So that happened. I will miss him.

Jeremy Canuto

October 18, 2021

On behalf of all of Dean's colleagues, friends, and students in Vietnam, we would like to offer our deepest condolences on your loss.

He was a very well-liked and respected teacher and he will be missed by all. His work has vastly contributed to improving the lives of others and his volunteering during the covid lockdowns was a sign of the type of man he was.


Maryam Naushad

October 18, 2021

I worked with Dean in Vietnam for about a year, Dean was down to earth, kind and always positive.

As a fellow American, I found myself in his classroom almost every day before class for a quick chat, either about travelling, students or to hear a funny anecdote he had ready. We compared Vietnam and the U.S., talked politics, book recommendations, shared travelling itineraries, and lamented the lack of Kraft macaroni in Ho Chi Minh City (I even brought him back some from a visit home)! He always was ready with a snack and smile to listen and share.

He made a positive impact on hundreds of students as well as all of his colleagues. I’ll never hear “Seasons of the Year” again without thinking of him. Dean, thank you for sharing so much with us, I’ll make sure those sprouts do their homework.

Kyle Beatty

October 15, 2021

I'm so glad that we were able to go to Europe together in August 2001 . He was in my 2nd Grade Class . He was a great guy . A real friend to people . You will be very missed .
God Bless you .

Dian Campbell Steffen

October 15, 2021

Family was very important to Dean, especially his elders. Dean didn’t want people to forget our Uncle Louis who he got his middle name from. Uncle Louis was shot down over Yap Island during WW II. Dean traveled to both Yap Island and Louis’s memorial in the Philippines to feel closer to him. Dean wanted to hear his Uncle Dale’s stories so he took me along for a day long interview of our uncle’s life. Dean always wanted a picture to remember time with family. He got his picture taken with his Uncle Bill age 90 and Uncle Dale age 92. Dean even tracked down the grave of our great grandfather in Florida and bought a tomb stone for him. Dean always reminded me to remember our ancestors. I hope to help our family never forget him.