Preface- The following is the final post of my father LeRoy “Butch” Dean.
If you are reading this, then I have left this earthly life to be with my heavenly Father. Now I see face to face and how I wish I could share that with you. What I can share with you is God’s merciful love for you that He tells us about in John 3:16. The most significant moment in my life was accepting Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I encourage you to accept and trust Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.
I was born and raised in Pontiac, Illinois to Roy and Mary Dean. My younger sister is Mary Helen (Sam) DuDash. I attended St. Mary’s Grade School and Pontiac Township High. Shortly after graduation, I enlisted in the U.S. Navy, saying goodbye to my growing up years in Pontiac.
My life was a journey of hills and valleys… ups and downs… success and failure. I lived in various places and always remembered those I met along the way. I learned a lot about a lot of things but was never a master of any. Eventually, my journey took me to the world of health care and I worked through the levels… as an orderly, a CNA, a LPN and finally at the age of 63, I became a RN.
To my wife Bonnie, I love you. You are a very special lady with a loving heart. Stay on course with your heavenly Father. He will wipe away your earthly tears and bring you peace. You will be ok. Remember the Notre Dame sweatshirt when you need a hug. I will be close by. We will be together again one day.
To my children who chose to be a part of my life, I thank you for your love. Live your life to the fullest. Trust in the Lord in all you do. To my children who chose not to be a part of my life, I love you. I forgive you. To my grandchildren and great grandchildren, I love you. Learn to obey your parents and to trust God. To my nieces and nephews, love life and others with all of your heart. To my friends, thanks for sharing some of the journey with me.