Howard Dean Bousum

September 17, 1939September 19, 2012

Howard “Dean” Bousum, 73, of Kokomo, Indiana went to be with our Lord on Wednesday, September 19th, 2012. He was born in Kokomo, Indiana on September 17th, 1939. Dean was married to Wendy (Todd) Bousum on May 22nd, 1999.

He graduated from Burlington High School in 1957. Later in life he continued his education to receive his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University Kokomo. For 25 years, he worked at Continental Steel of Kokomo in the rod mill until it closed in 1986. He recently retired from his most recent job at Kokomo Housing Authority in Kokomo.

Dean’s hobbies included entering his cars in many car shows, attending James Dean Festivals and playing Santa Claus at Christmas time. Also, who can forget his haunted houses he made for all to enjoy at Halloween time. Dean was so much fun and loved much by everyone, he will be sadly missed.

He is survived by his wife, Wendy (Todd) Bousum of Kokomo and two children, Josh Bousum of Kokomo and Misty (Bousum) Booher of Noblesville. He is also survived by three stepchildren, seven grandchildren, seven siblings, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard E. Bousum and Genevieve (Cohee) Bousum of Kokomo.

The funeral will be held on Monday at 11 am with Rabbi Dennis Sasso officiating at Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home, 2097 W. Alto Rd., Kokomo, IN 46902. Burial will follow in Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Sunday from 4 to 8 pm at the funeral home. The family is requesting to send wind chimes instead of flowers if possible. Online messages of condolence may be made at


  • Visitation Sunday, September 23, 2012
  • Funeral Service Monday, September 24, 2012

Howard Dean Bousum

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September 23, 2012

Dear Misty & Family,

Our heartfelt sympathy to you during this difficult time. May your sorrow be lifted by the precious memories you hold dear in your hearts, always and forever.
Keeping you close in our thoughts and prayers.

The Hannon Family

September 21, 2012

Wendy and family,
You are in our prayers at this time of sorrow. Dean was an inspiration in his witnessing for our LORD! What a rejoicing there must be in heaven as our loss is His gain of a faithful servant! The Miller family of Peru

Kim Bousum

September 21, 2012

Dean was a wonderful father-in-law and outstanding grandfather. He was just a big kid in an adult's body. He knew how to make the best of life. I love you Dean and miss you already.

Debra Beechum

September 20, 2012

To Deans Family
Im am so sorry for your loss we all grew up knowing Dean and we all love him and knew he was so fun to be around we will miss him greatly From Debra and Don and Jesse Beechum and Alexis, Mcminnville Tennessee