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Troy Dean

Troy Dean, 38 of rural Bristol and formerly of Webster died on Saturday October 13, 2012 at his home. His funeral will be 10:30 A.M. Saturday October 20, 2012 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Webster, Rev. Kristin Ostercamp will officiate. Visitation will be on Friday 5 – 7 P.M. at the funeral home. Troy Michael Dean was born to Dorcas Dean and Gary Block on Tuesday, June 4, 1974 at Watertown, South Dakota. He was baptized at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Webster. He attended Webster school and graduated from Webster High School in 1992. In April 1994 he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he was stationed in North Carolina and Alaska. In March 2000 he received his honorable discharge; Troy continued to live in Alaska until moving to Ham Lake, Minnesota in September 2000 for a short time. He then returned to Webster where he was engaged in the bee business with his father. In the spring of 2002 he started BBI Honey Company, Inc.; Troy traveled and worked with bees until early 2007. Troy’s love for Alaska took him back to Anchorage where he lived and worked at the House of Harley until March 2008. In April of that year he left Alaska once again to return to Webster where he was a supervisor at Powder Tech, Inc. from April 2008-May 2009. At that time Troy decided it was time to go back to school, he moved to Rapid City where he attended Western Dakota Technical Institute and received a degree in Field Engineering. In 2011 he went to work for Halliburton Company where he worked in the oil fields as a Wire Line Operator Assitant in Williston, North Dakota area. He spent his off time in Webster, Rapid City and his hobby farm near Butler. Troy enjoyed anything with wheels, especially Harley Davidson motorcycles and Dodge trucks. He was also a gun collector, he loved shooting and enjoyed bear hunting while he lived in Alaska, going “4-wheeling” was another pastime Troy loved there. Troy will always be remembered for not just fixing, but fixing and “improving” everything from household appliances to his bikes and trucks. Troy’s witty and often inappropriate sense of humor was also something he will be remembered for by friends and family. Troy passed away on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at his home near Butler, South Dakota at the age of 38 years, 4 months and 9 days. Survivors include his mother, Dorcas Rasmussen of Gwinner, ND, his father, Gary (Marsha) Block of Waubay, SD; three sisters, Erin (Jon) Betten of Redfield, SD, Robin (fiancée, Eric Paxton) Dean of Webster, SD and Marga Block of Waubay, SD; two brothers, Ronald Rasmussen of Gwinner, ND and Bradley Warns of Watertown, SD; his maternal grandparents, Harrison and Evelyn Dean of Webster, SD; three nephews, Collin, Rollie and Liam; and one niece, Hadley. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother and his paternal grandparents.

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Troy had an enthusiasm for life, and contagious sense of humor. He was always willing to lend a friend a helping hand. I will miss you Troy.

Paul Fulton Oct 25 2012 12:00 AM

Dorcas and Gary, All of us at Lew's Fireworks extend our deepest sympathies to your family. I had the pleasure of getting to know Troy over the last couple of years and he was fun to work with. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Lucas Nogelmeier Oct 22 2012 12:00 AM

My Cousin Troy, this is a hard pill to swallow. I hate that you are gone and I wish we could have you back. Your wit and charm were one of a kind. That smile could light the room and that sarcasm was the best. I miss you like mad and always will. We had our share of mischief growing up and you were always more daring than me. Nothing ever scared you. You may have been younger but I definitely looked up to you. I felt like a tag along but you never complained! I love you!

Stacy Stover Oct 22 2012 12:00 AM

Gary and Dorcas, From time to time I check internet for news about Gary...and this morning I saw this terrible news. I am so sorry for your loss. When I saw Troy's birthdate, it takes me back to when Gary and I worked together. It's been a long time. Again we are sorry for your loss.

Bob and Geri Steichen Oct 20 2012 12:00 AM

Dorcas & Family Members Thoughts & prayers are with you at the sad, sad time...there are no words that can take away the pain you are feeling..but you have such wonderful memories and so many friends to help you through...know that I am thinking of you today and we will talk soon. Love to all Karen

Karen Ausland Jaquet Oct 19 2012 12:00 AM

Dorcas, Gary and families, May tender memories lighten your sorrow and comfort you through each tomorrow. My heart is filled with sadness over the loss of Troy and I will always wish I could see him smile just one more time. Oh, what a smile. I am certain that Grandpa & Grandma Block will have greeted him with open arms. They always got such a kick out of him. I have always found this poem to be uplifting and hope in some small way it helps....... Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there; I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow, I am the sun on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning's hush I am the swift uplifting rush Of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there; I did not die. With Troy's sense of humor he probably would have said to add this verse: When you see a Bee, Think of ME! Memories of Troy are everywhere and will last forever because they are stored safely in our hearts. My thoughts and prayers go out to you.

Auntie Karen Oct 19 2012 12:00 AM

There really are not words to express the sorrow for this loss...RIP brother; life will never be the same without you. Our deepest sympathy to Troy’s entire family; we are so sorry for your loss.

Steve Holsinger and family Oct 18 2012 12:00 AM

Sorry to here of Troy's death. It came as a shock as he had just visited the office here at WDT as a recent graduate and spoke of his job and how well all things were going. Be assured of our care and concern during this time of loss.

jim whitaker Oct 18 2012 12:00 AM

I knew Dean through the bee club in Rapid City, he was one of the original members and a very nice person. His knowledge helped and inspired many who knew him. Dean was a special person and a pleasure to know. My sympathies go out to his numerous friends and his family. I know that he will be missed by all.

Jerry Owens Oct 18 2012 12:00 AM

Troy will be missed by many of us beekeepers in Western South Dakota! He was passionate about bees and the proper care of bees. Troy, so long! May you find peace in the "land of milk & honey"!

Tom Allen Oct 18 2012 12:00 AM

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