US Marine Corps

Harold "Dean O" Oosthoek

March 28, 1929 ~ November 19, 2019 (age 90)


Harold Dean Oosthoek, (90), of Fairfield, IA, passed away at Parkview Care Facility on Nov. 19, 2019.

Visitation will be 4:00 until 6:00 pm, Nov. 29, 2019 at Behner Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am, Nov. 30, 2019 at Behner Funeral Home with the Rev. Lloyd Osborn officiating.  Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.  Arrangements are being made by Behner Funeral Home of Fairfield, IA.  A lunch will be held at the 1st. Christian Church following the burial.

Harold Dean Oosthoek, “Dean O” as affectionately known by all, was born in Douds, IA on March 28, 1929. He went to school in Birmingham, IA. Dean married Nellie (Fishel) Oosthoek on June 26, 1953. They enjoyed 66 years of a loving and caring marriage. Dean worked as a bookkeeper for Dexter Co. for over 20 years, and then went on to work at Falco for many years. He proudly served his country and was a veteran of Korean War serving in the U.S. Marine Corp.

Dean and Nellie were dedicated members of the FourSquare Gospel Church in Fairfield. He wore many hats around the church over the years, bookkeeper, head usher, caretaker, the list goes on and on. He touched everyone’s life in so many ways. He enjoyed singing and listening to music. Often times his rich voice could be heard serenading the residents of the Parkview Care Facility during his time of residency there. He enjoyed praying with and for the others around him.  Dean enjoyed volunteering many hours at various organizations around Fairfield.  He was always the one to go to if you needed help, something repaired, or a new creative way to use an old treasure. Many hours could be spent with Dean talking of days gone by, of fun times, playing cards, or cribbage. Dean and Nellie enjoyed many years of gardening together and caring for the beautiful flowers they planted around their home.

Dean is preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Lena (Vanderweff) Oosthoek, and his mother Margaret Channel, and his Son-In-Law, Dan Watson

Mr. Oosthoek is survived by Nellie Oosthoek, his wife: his children (Terry (Betty) Oosthoek of Colorado Springs, CO; Debra Watson of Fairfield, IA; His sisters (Marie Harwood of Fairfield, IA; Marlene Wibben of Sioux Falls, SD; Donna Ray Cowen of Birmingham, IA; Grandchildren (Nicholas (Casey) Wilburn of Bell, MO; Travis (Erica) Oosthoek of Colorado Springs, CO; Tara Oosthoek of Colorado Springs, CO; and Great-Grandchildren (Caitlyn Wilburn, Landon Wilburn, Braxton Wilburn, Mason Wilburn of Bell, MO; Teegen Oosthoek, Tyler Oosthoek of Colorado Springs, CO); a host of devoted nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.



The family of Harold Dean Oosthoek wishes to extend our sincere and special thanks to Ken and Jill Leafgreen, Mike and Paula (Bates) Adam, his sister Marie Hardwood, and so many others for their weekly visits to Dean while he was at Parkview.

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November 29, 2019

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Behner Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc.
203 South Main
Fairfield, IA 52556

Funeral Service
November 30, 2019

10:00 AM
Behner Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc.
203 South Main
Fairfield, IA 52556

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