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Dean Kasperson

Dean Kasperson obituary photoDean Kasperson, age 81, of Huron, died Thursday, September 13, 2012, at Violet Tschetter Memorial Home.  His funeral service was at 3 PM Sunday, September 16th at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mark Holland officiating.  Burial was at 2 PM Sunday, at Restlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery with military honors by the Huron Veterans Council.

Merle Dean Kasperson was born September 12, 1931, to Chris and Leona (Brinkley) Kasperson in Iroquois, South Dakota.  They moved to Huron in 1935.  He attended Huron public schools and graduated in 1949.  After graduation he moved to Minneapolis to attend a railroad depot school and worked as a depot agent in the 1950s. 

On February 18, 1951, Dean was married to Delores Kuhns at Huron.  A member of the South Dakota National Guard, he joined the Air Force in December 1951.  He served for four years, working primarily with cryptographic technology that led ultimately to the development of the fax machine.   After his discharge, they returned to Huron where he worked for his dad in the farm equipment business.  He received top dealer awards and served on dealer councils, which allowed them to travel extensively, including Mexico City and Hawaii.  Kasperson’s Implement served area farmers with Oliver, Massey-Ferguson and Bobcat, among others, until closing in 1993.

Dean was a member of the First United Methodist Church and was a past chairman of the finance committee, delivered Meals on Wheels and played on the church softball team.  He bowled for the Holy Rollers church league and numerous other city leagues.  He was also an avid golfer and played in city leagues throughout the years.    

Dean was a member of the Eye Opener Lions Club, the American Legion, and a life member of both the Good Sam’s Club and the South Dakota Recreational Vehicle Owners Association.  He was a past member of the Odd Fellows Lodge, the Prairie Ramblers Motorcycle Club and the Beadle Bum Sam’s Camping Club.  Whatever organization Dean joined, he served enthusiastically, and often as president. He and his wife Delores wintered in Texas and Arizona for many years. 

Dean is survived by his wife Delores, of Huron; two sons, Dennis Dean (Julie) Kasperson of Huron and Darwin Dale Kasperson of Watertown; six grandchildren, Travis Dean, Lucas Gene, Tyler Ray and Lindsey Ann Kasperson, Sean Dale Kasperson, and Elisa May Johnson; four great-grandchildren, Keane Matthew, BrayLeigh Lyn and Layla Mae Johnson and Asher Dean Kasperson; a sister, Mary Margaret (Roger) Burnett of Huron; and a brother, Donald (Mary Jane) Kasperson of Huron. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and several uncles and aunts.

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