November 1, 1922- October 14, 2013
Mass of the Christian Burial for Dean Corson, age 90, of Bella Vista, Arkansas and formerly of Coon Rapids will be 10 AM, Monday, October 28, 2013, at Annunciation Church in Coon Rapids, with Father Andrew Hoffman as Celebrant, assisted by Deacon Louie Meiners. A Rosary will be held on Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 4 PM at Annunciation Church. Interment will be at a later date in Annunciation Cemetery. Music will be provided by Annunciation Choir and Faye Seidl as Organist. Carlene Dorpinghaus will be Lector. Eucharistic Minister will be Kay Anthofer. Honorary Bearers are Dean’s Grandchildren. Military Honors will be provided by Gurney Park Post 357 of the American Legion of Coon Rapids.
Kenneth Dean, son of Guy and Grace (Robinson) Corson, was born November 1, 1922, at Rockwell City, Iowa. He graduated from Rockwell City High School in 1942. On December 11, 1942, Dean was inducted into the United States Army and served in the North African and European Theaters during World War II.
After receiving his honorable discharge in October of 1945, he attended Upper Iowa University at Fayette and graduated in 1949. Dean subsequently came to Coon Rapids where he worked for Garst & Thomas and to pitch for the Coon Rapids Merchants baseball team.
On January 12, 1950, Dean was united in marriage with Virginia Christy at Dedham. Dean and Virginia were blessed with three children. They made their home in Coon Rapids where Dean worked his way up to plant manager for Garst & Thomas until his retirement in 1987. Dean and Virginia moved to Bella Vista, Arkansas in 1992. On Monday, October 14, 2013, Dean passed away in Bella Vista. He was 90 years of age.
Throughout the years, Dean served as Coon Rapids school board president, and was a member of the city council for several years. He was also a member of the American Legion, Annunciation Catholic Parish in Coon Rapids, and St. Bernard Catholic Church in Bella Vista.
Dean was an extraordinary athlete, particularly as a baseball player. During his senior year at Rockwell City High School, he pitched four no-hitters and led the Wildcats to the 1942 Iowa High School State Championship. Known as ‘The Iron Man’, he pitched and played outfield for Upper Iowa University and subsequently played semi-pro for several teams in Iowa. In 2004, Dean was inducted into the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
He is survived by his wife Virginia of 63 years; daughter Christy McConnell and husband Terry of Springdale, Arkansas; son Richard Corson and wife Ann of Coon Rapids; a daughter-in-law Angie Corson of Coon Rapids; seven grandchildren: Mandi Lucas and husband Tommy of Ankeny; Jacob McConnell and wife Jessica of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Paige Corson of Coon Rapids; Cole Corson of Coon Rapids; Jared Corson of Coon Rapids; Maggie McConnell of Springdale, Arkansas; and Garret Corson of Coon Rapids; a great-grandson Tanner Lucas of Ankeny; and by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Dean was preceded in death by his parents; a son Jeff Corson in 2010; a brother Dale Corson; three sisters: Opal Pintchuk, Maxine Moriarity and Phyllis Coats; and his parents-in-law.
Arrangements entrusted to Johnson & Woodhouse Funeral HomeInformation provided by: Johnson & Woodhouse Funeral Home
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