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In Memory of
Dean Emerson Earich
May 1, 1927 - January 25, 2021

Service:
Private

Interment:
Blendon Central Cemetery

Dean Emerson Earich, 93, of Westerville, Ohio passed away Monday, January 25, 2021. A dedicated husband and father, Dean enjoyed life and was proud of his family and his service to our country. A caring man, we all knew he would be there for us no matter when or where, a strong, stable foundation for his children and grandchildren. We will miss his humor and the stories he would tell from his youth and later in life. An avid reader of history, he also enjoyed puzzles and crossword puzzles- he always said he worked crossword puzzles to 'get his education because he went to Chauncey-Dover'. He enjoyed music, ranging from the big band era to country and gospel, and could sing a pretty good tune himself. A devoted fan of the Buckeyes and the Cincinnati Reds, Dean would watch their games at every opportunity and cheer them on, staying with them through good and not so good seasons.

A wise philosopher (Winnie the Pooh) once said, "How lucky I am to have something that makes saying good-bye so hard". While we are all saddened that he is no longer with us here on Earth, we rejoice knowing that he is once again with the love of his life, Grace, in Heaven.

Dean Emerson Earich was born to Adolph and Anna (Sofronko) Earich in Chauncey, Ohio on May 1, 1927. He graduated from Chauncey-Dover High School, lettering in both baseball and football each year of high school, including the undefeated football team in 1944. Dean was a member of the 1945 graduating class but missed the graduation ceremony as he had enlisted in the US Navy and was called to active duty before the graduation ceremony. He was sent to the Philippines and was first stationed on Leyte prior to the end of World War II; then on Samar on PT Base 17, achieving the rating of Carpenters Mate, 3 rd class while there. He returned stateside in 1946 in one of the last groups to return home after the shutdown of Base 17 and was Honorably Discharged later in 1946. He returned to Chauncey and worked various jobs until moving to Columbus to seek employment. After finding employment and settling in Columbus Dean met Grace Rose- they began dating and were married at the Rose Family farm in Meigs County on June 26, 1949. Dean and Grace began their life journey together, raised their family and later enjoying their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Dean had retired from Janitrol Aero Division/Midland Ross Corporation in 1989 after 42 years with the company. He was also honored to be included on the Westerville sponsored Honor Flight in September, 2011 with fellow WWII veterans to visit their memorial and others in Washington D.C.. Following the passing of his beloved Grace in June, 2011, Dean found comfort and joy attending Maranatha Community Fellowship with daughter Jill and her family. In later years when he was not able to attend the Church he enjoyed visits from Pastor Rick Yutzy and wife Carol at his home.

Dean is survived by sons Daniel (Susan) Earich of Canton and David (Lee Ann) Earich of
Westerville; daughter Jill (Steven) Frey of Plain City; grandchildren Jennifer (Brad) Larkin, Emily (Aaron) Smith, Lauren (John) Beatty, Anna (Derrick) Adkins, Benjamin Frey, Joseph Earich and Abbey Earich; great-grandchildren Hannah Grace Butterfield, Matthew Aaron Larkin, Madelyn Rose Larkin, Jacob Dean Larkin, Paisleigh Grace Adkins and Brett Thomas Beatty; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Dean was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Grace (Rose) Earich, daughter Brenda Kay Earich; brothers Norman Earich and John Earich; sisters Marian Earich, Lois Dean, Anna Pearl Kozma and Dawn White.

The family extends their gratitude and thanks for the many years of compassionate care for Dean by Dr. Doug Fosselman and his staff. Dean supported several Veterans groups over the years, and the family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Deans honor to Disabled American Veterans, Wounded Warrior Project, or other Veterans organizations of their choice. We will all remember Dean, in his best impersonation of Gen. MacArthur, saying "Old soldiers never die- they just fade away...".

Due to current health concerns and restrictions a private family service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 1, 2021 at Moreland Funeral Home in Westerville with Pastor Rick Yutzy officiating. Internment at Blendon Central Cemetery. Extended family and friends may view a livestream of the service at 11:00 a.m. via the following link:

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Condolences

Sue Keirns

Jan 29, 2021

Don and I were saddened to hear of Uncle Dean's passing, but he is with your mom now; I'm sure that was a very happy reunion! Please accept our condolences for your loss. We both know how you feel. With love, Sue and Don

 

Kim pat adams

Jan 29, 2021

We are so sorry to hear this news we will be with you Monday morning via internet our prayers are with you.

 

Susan Wakefield

Jan 30, 2021

We will remember all the good times the laughter, the stories an the love we felt for Uncle Dean. With deepest Sympathy and love

 

Therese Viola

Jan 31, 2021

My thoughts and prayers are with you. Joe and I spent many good times with Dean and Grace. May God be with you at this difficult time.

 

Therese Viola

Jan 31, 2021

My thoughts and prayers are with you. Joe and I spent many good times with Dean and Grace. May God be with you at this difficult time.

 

Sharon

Feb 1, 2021

so sorry guys that I couldn't be there with you today. I did watch the live stream so was there with you in spirit. (even tho my crappy internet stalled out on me a few times) We have plenty of memories to hold close to our hearts. Uncle Dean was the best Uncle anyone could ask for. Heart of gold and always had that smile. Never saw him stressed even when Aunt Grace would be "telling him what to do". Dad always enjoyed visiting with him and I think Uncle Dean got a few laughs when Dad would get the best of Aunt Grace. Oh the memories...we will have to get together and share them all again. Love you guys and we're thinking of you.

 

Edie Hubbard

Feb 1, 2021

SO SORRY TO HEAR OF UNCLE DEAN'S PASSING. I JUST LOST MY LAST AUNT ON MOM'S SIDE THE 13TH OF JANUARY AND NOW ALL MY AUNTS AND UNCLES ON BOTH SIDES ARE GONE. SAD AND SO NOW ALL THE COUSINS ARE THE "OLDER FOLKS"!! MY CONDOLENCES TO YOU DAN, DAVE, AND JILL AND YOUR FAMILIES. MAY GOD BE WITH YOU TO COMFORT YOUR HEARTS.