Date Posted: 2007-02-28

T. Dean Stuckey, 84, longtime Lexington resident, died Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007, at Bryan LGH East Hospital in Lincoln. Visitation was Friday, March 2, 2007, at the Reynolds-Love Chapel in Lexington. Funeral services will be Saturday, March 3, 2007, at 10:30 a.m., at First Presbyterian Church in Lexington, with the Rev. Caroline Vickery officiating. Burial with military honors will be in the Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington. Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Betty Stuckey of Lexington; two sons, Tom Stuckey Jr. of Omaha, and Ed (Sally) Stuckey of Appleton, Wis.; two daughters, Diana (Richard) Pitcher of Grand Island, and Dixie (John) Bednar of Omaha; one brother, David Stuckey of St. Petersburg Beach, Fla.; one sister, Helen Barrett of Lexington; nine grandchildren, Corrie (Don) Wesley, Melinda Westerlin, Joe Westerlin, Andy Pitcher, Ryan (Kelley) Pitcher, Katie (Chris) Lyon, Rachel Stuckey, Ben Stuckey and Allyson Stuckey; and five great-grandchildren, Alli, Dillon, Casey, Nic and CJ.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Jack, Jim, and Bob; and one sister, Ruth.

Dean was born Dec. 9, 1922, to Ed and Gertrude (Memmott) Stuckey at Lexington, and lived there until his death with the exception of the time he spent in the United States Navy. He graduated from Lexington High School in 1941. He was inducted into the United States Navy in May of 1944, and served on a PC-603 Patrol Craft as a Gunner's Mate 3rd Class.

Dean was united in marriage to Betty Fellers on Feb. 4, 1944, at Lexington. The couple recently celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary. To this union four children were born, Diana, Tom, Dixie and Ed.

Dean was involved in farming and ranching all of his life. He was the head cattle buyer for 30 years for Cornland Dressed Beef in Lexington. Throughout his lifetime he was awarded several honors. He was chosen Young Farmer of the year in 1958. In 1963, he was awarded the Omaha World Herald's Sportsman of the year. He and his wife Betty were elected commander and president, respectively of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and its auxiliary April 4, 1950, the year the Lexington Veterans Club was built. That same year he coached a group of young boys who won a marble tournament. He was involved as a coach with American Legion Baseball and Basketball for many years.

Memorials are suggested to the First Presbyterian Church or the Lexington Baseball Association.

obituary obtained from Lexington-Clipper On-line