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Bernard A. Dean

February 14, 1945 — May 31, 2021

Bernard A. Dean

Bernard A. Dean, 76 of Gaylord, passed away at home on Monday, May 31, 2021.

Born on February 14, 1945 in Newberry, MI he was the son of Bernard Emil and Anna Mae (Reames) Dean.

On November 10, 1973 Bernie and the former Lois Beden were united in marriage.  They lived in Bay City with their young family before moving to Gaylord in 1991.

Bernie was a long time truck driver, hauling cement and gas for a number of years before joining USF Holland as a line haul driver.  He was proud of his safe driving record, having been recognized for one million plus safe miles.

Bernie and Lois enjoyed their travel together around the United States, Canada and Mexico.  Bernie was an avid fisherman.  He also loved NASCAR racing, horse pulls and camping.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois on November 12, 2020.  Surviving are his children, Colleen Smith of Saginaw, David (Michele) Smith of Sellersberg, IN, Brian (Jane) Smith of Bay City and Marlene Monusko of Gaylord; grandchildren, Jessica Rose Smith, Janae Barber, Jacob and Melissa Buzzard, Brittany Henne, Alisha and Christina Keasey, and Samantha, Jenna, Nicole and Ashlyn Monusko; 14 great grandchildren; brothers, Charles (Sherry) Dean of Reed City and Gary “Bim” (Cindy) Dean of Lincoln; a sister, Frances “Tudy” (Don) Anderson of Newberry; sisters-in-law, Patt Dean and Jan Dean; several nieces and nephews; and close family friend, Judy Sova.  He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Mary Ann Gorski in 2016; and brothers, Michael and Peter Dean.

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at 12:00 noon Saturday, June 5, 2021 at Gaylord Community Funeral Home & Cremation Service where visitation with the family will begin at 10:00 AM.  Those who wish are asked to consider memorial contributions to DaVita Dialysis in Gaylord.

Arrangements are by Gaylord Community Funeral Home & Cremation Service.  Please share your memories and personal messages with the family at

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