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Harold Dean Wailes

Posted August 08, 2013 in Obituaries, Greene County

October 8, 1935- August 7, 2013

Dean Wailes

Dean Wailes

Harold Dean Wailes, 77, of Coon Rapids died August 7, 2013, a 4:15 AM, at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll, Iowa. He passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family awaiting his heavenly journey, meeting his long awaiting loved ones. Born in Panora, Iowa on October 8, 1935, He was the son of George and Margaret (Dargan) Wailes. Dean grew up in Iowa and moved to Massachusetts in 1955 when he enlisted in the Army. Dean served in the Korean War and was a cook stationed at Fort Devens when he met and married Jean Elizabeth Pearson on September 14, 1957. He received his high school diploma while serving in the Army. Dean enjoyed the outdoors, camping, hiking and fishing, especially for Hornpout in Otter River State Forest, Massachusetts at night with a lantern and a can of worms. Many an evening was spent by the campfire in the woods, that he loved so much, passing on his love of nature, the four seasons and New England to his children. Dean also enjoyed indoor hobbies such as playing cards, cribbage and pool and was an officer at the British American Club in Fitchburg, MA, while spending time with loyal friends. He was an avid coin collector, always in search of the elusive treasure. Dean is survived by: two sons, John C. Wailes and his wife Heather and Michael S. Wailes and one daughter Sandra A. Leger and her husband Timothy, all of Massachusetts; two grandsons Joshua and Mathew Leger; two granddaughters Candice and Rachelle Wailes; one brother Dennis Wailes and his wife Leahanna; four sisters: Beverly Lorenzen and her husband Michael; Clara Johnson and her husband Marvin; Shirley Imler and her husband Dean and Kathryn Hunter and her husband Richard, all of Iowa. He is preceded in death by his father and a son Dean G. Wailes. In keeping with his wishes, there will be no public services at this time. If desired, memorial contributions in his honor may be made to the Coon Rapids Ambulance.

Information provided by:
Johnson & Woodhouse Funeral Home
518 Main St., PO Box 54
Coon Rapids, Iowa   50058

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