The Lord called Dean Sinclair, age 93 of Willmar, formerly Wabasso and Redwood Falls, to his heavenly home Friday, April 10, 2015 in Mesa, Arizona. Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 17 at First Presbyterian Church in Redwood Falls. Visitation is 4:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday at the Redwood Valley Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Burial is in Crestlawn Memorial Garden. Memorials are preferred to Disabled Veterans (DAV) or Wabasso American Legion. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service – Redwood Valley Funeral Home in Redwood Falls is assisting the family with arrangements.
Dean Nolan Sinclair was born May 31, 1921 in Sheridan Township, Redwood County, Minnesota to Oliver and Julia (Miller) Sinclair. He resided with his family in Redwood County and attended District 46 and then Wabasso District 640 schools. Dean was a farm hand until September 1942 when he was drafted into the service. He served in the US Army, 35 Division 137 Infantry Company C 1st Battalion. Dean was given an honorary discharge October 25, 1945. He received the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Good Conduct, American Campaign, European-African-Middle Eastern, World War II Victory, and Combat Infantry Badges. On December 21, 1946 he was united in marriage to Patricia McCormack at the Presbyterian Church in Algona, Iowa. They lived a year in Minneapolis before moving to Wabasso. Dean worked a year for the Franta Chevrolet garage, 7 years for the Minnesota Highway Department, and from 1956 to 1977 for the US Postal Service as a rural carrier. His wife, Patricia, was born to eternal life December 3, 1987. Dean was a member of the First Presbyterian Church where he held various offices. He was also a member of the Masonic Antiquity Lodge, Order of Eastern Star, American Legion 263, VFW 2553, Military Order of Cootie, 35th Division Association, and DAV. His marriage to LaVonne Kuehn Anderson took place at the First Presbyterian Church in Redwood Falls September 1, 1989. They lived on the farm at Wabasso until 1993 when they moved to Redwood Falls, and in 2001 they moved to Willmar. Dean was able to spend 21 winters in Mesa, Arizona.
Dean is survived by his wife LaVonne; children: Michael (Karen) Sinclair, Patrick (Dorothy) Sinclair, Dean (Mary Jane) Sinclair, Sheila (Elvin) Snyder, and Kevin (Joan Woelfel) Sinclair; son-in-law Darrell Fuhr; step children: Mark Anderson, Steven (Kathy) Anderson, and Jade Anderson; 15 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; 6 step grandchildren; 5 step great grandchildren; brothers Neale (Marion) and Kenneth (Adeline); sister-in-law Jeanie Sinclair; and many other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Patricia McCormack Sinclair, daughter Sandra Fuhr, brothers Russell and Vaughn, step daughter Shelly Raddatz, and step grandson Keaton Raddatz.