Ronald Lyle Dean

April 21, 1954April 2, 2019

Ronald Lyle Dean, age 64, of Lansing, Michigan passed away on Tuesday April 2, 2019. Ronald was born April 21, 1954 to Paul and Natalie (Reynolds) Dean in Lansing, MI.

Ronald is preceded in death by his mother, and son Seth Tyler Dean.

Left to cherish his memory is the love of his life Patricia Dean, daughter, Laurie (DJ Wheaton) Dean; two step daughters, Erin (Devin) Szarka and Kristie (Tom) Helms; his father Paul Dean; sister, Sharon (Bob) Lee; grand children, Tyler Wheaton, Natalie Dean, Ryder Szarka, Genevieve Szarka, Phillip Helms, Jonathan Helms, Samantha Helms, and many nieces and nephews.

Ron worked 17 years for Dakkota Industries as the Chairman for UAW 724.

Ron absolutely loved spending time with his family especially his grandchildren. He also had a couple rescue birds who brought him so much joy. He loved taking care of his birds and spending time with them as well. Ron was the entertainer of the family. He especially enjoyed entertaining outdoors and cooking for his friends and family. He loved being outside. One of his favorite things to do was to drive, and driving led Ron to many flea markets and garage sales. He could not pass a flea market or garage sale. Ron would stop every chance he could get and was found to be the one searching out unique items for purchase. One last thing for those of you who knew Ron all that needs to be said is "BEER-30 FRIDAY" (you know who you are).

A celebration of life for Ronald will be held Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM at UA Local 333 Plumbers & Pipefitters, 5405 S. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Lansing, MI 48911.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Ele's Place, 1145 W Oakland Ave, Lansing, MI 48915.

Memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Dean family.


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, April 13, 2019

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Tamara Collins

April 12, 2019

Gonna miss your jokes and crazy smiles but mostly your words of wisdom. You always had such a huge heart and opened it up to everyone. Very blessed to have had so many wonderful memories with you and our special “Framily” BTF’s will never be the same but shall continue as your tradition. 😥 You are loved and will never be forgotten. Heaven gained a great man. Prepare for lots of laughter and love up there. RIP Ron Dean. ❤️ you

Marge Regalado Dempsey

April 8, 2019

I've known Ron my whole life, our parents were friends when they were young, we were friends and went to school together and our children were friends and went to school together. Ron was the first boy to take me on a date, we went downtown Lansing and walked around, I'll never forget it or Ron. He was always so funny and fun to be around. I will always smile when I think of him.

Ken Haney

April 7, 2019

I met Ron when I was 15. He and I became good friends along with Jim Smith. We had some great times together. When I met my girlfriend Pat, Ron would drive us all over the place in his VW. I remember in winter time that little car would be cold as an ice. Then he got a Ford Galaxy and we had some good times in that. When he went to work for a drop forge he went off and bought a Pontiac Transam with the firebird on the hood. I remember he was driving down Grand River Rd at 120 mph. Scared the crap out of me. Ron and I lost touch after I moved to Arizona. Ron will surely be missed because he had a kind heart and really cared for people. RIP Ron. My prayers for his family.

Mo Nasor

April 4, 2019

I will always remember all the funny Jokes that Ron would tell he could always make someone laugh no matter what the situation was! RIP

Mary Regalado

April 4, 2019

I knew Ron since I was a young girl on Windward Street right up until we all graduated from Everett High School. He was kind, funny and sincere. For years he picked up a group of us and drove us to school each day. He made us laugh and he was a good friend. I send prayers to him and his family.

Corey Lee

April 4, 2019

Uncle Ron was always a great role model to me. Always loved his stories, and the jokes he come up with on a whim. Could liven up a room even when it really needed it. From campfire visits to taking me and my sister sledding with Laurie and Seth. I just don't have enough space to put all the memories because we had that many. Lol. I loved him with all my heart and I hope everyone could see that. Maybe he'll dress up in some sort of costume and entertain heaven like he entertained us.

Pam Madding

April 4, 2019

Was great to see Cousin Ron approximately 7 yrs. ago. The miles between us has kept us apart through the years but memories of him will last a lifetime. Prayers & Hugs to the family. RIP Ron