Dean Eklund, 86, of Wellington, Kansas, passed away, June 21, 2012 at his home in Wellington, KS.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, June 26th at the First Presbyterian Church in Wellington, Kansas. Burial will be in the Prairie Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 9:00 A.M. until 8:00 P.M. with the family receiving friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Hawks-Shelley Funeral Home & Crematory of Wellington. A memorial has been established with the First Presbyterian Church of Wellington. Contributions can be left with the funeral home. For further information or to send a condolence please visit www.hawksfuneralhome.com.
Donald Dean Eklund was born on April 26, 1926 the sixth of nine children to John and Emma Alberg Eklund in Scranton, Kansas. After graduating from High School in Scranton, Dean joined the United States Army. He served in the 2nd Infantry Battalion for the last year of World War II and later for 2 years of the Korean War as a Corporal. He served in the signal corps doing communications and guard duty. Dean was united in marriage with Virginia Marie Johnsen in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Dean later earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Ottawa University and a Master’s in Education Administration from Emporia State Teachers College. Dean was a teacher, coach and High School Principal serving in Saffordville, Strawn, Scranton, Herrington and Wellington, Kansas. Dean then sold insurance for State Farm for 20 years from 1972 to 1992 in Wellington. Dean was an active member of the Wellington Lions Club, Masonic Lodge and American Legion. Dean was a lifelong fan of Kansas State University and attended as many games as he could. He was an avid gardener who was known for his sweet corn and potatoes. Most of all Dean dearly loved his family.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Ginny Eklund of Wellington, sons Dan Eklund and wife Pauline of San Diego, CA and Mark Eklund of Boulder, CO, daughter Kris Eklund and fiancé Bruce Buss of Wichita, KS, sisters, June Hall and husband Norman of Wichita, KS and Ruth Edwards of Topeka, KS as well as many nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death are his parents, four brothers, Herman, Bert, Roland and Bill and two sisters, Eva and Leone.