Dean L. Lanphere, age 95, of Highland, passed away Monday, July 20 at Faith Care Center in Highland. Funeral services for 95 year old Dean L. Lanphere will be Saturday, July 25 at 10:00 a.m. at the Evangelical United Church of Christ in Highland. Burial will be in Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, Florida at a later date. Friends may call Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to service time at the church. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society. The Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland is in charge of arrangements.
He was born August 07, 1919, in Denrock, IL, the son of Hubert and Nona (nee Bosomworth) Lanphere.
He was a member of Evangelical United Church of Christ. He was also a member of Highland Optimists; Shriner; Life Member of Lee Iten American Legion Post #439 in Highland, IL .
He was an active member of the Highland Optimists, The Shrine, the American Legion and a member of Evangelical United Church of Christ, Highland. Dean served his country as a bomber pilot in WWII in New Guinea, Pacific theater, flying 58 missions. He retired from the FAA as an Air Traffic Controller. He then studied horticulture, graduating from Broward Community College . He was Wagon Master for Winnebago caravans to Alaska and Canada. As a Shriner Clown and Optimist, he gave generously of his time to his community. Last Veteran’s Day he was Grand Marshall of the Highland Parade. He loved life, gave much, lived a full and adventurous life.
Survivors include :
Daughter – Denise A. (Ken) Crisler, Navarre, FL
Daughter – Jodeane S. Ferrara, Pembroke Pines, FL
Step Son – Jerry L. (Roberta) Dauderman, Newport Beach, CA
Grandchild – Darren L. (Kristen) Martenson
Grandchild – Erik A. Martenson
Grandchild – Lori S. (Greg) Neal
Grandchild – Amy D. Lyons
Step Grandchildren – Three .
Great Grandchildren – Several .
He was preceded in death by :
Father – Hubert Lanphere
Mother – Nona Lanphere nee Bosomworth
Wife – Gladys M. Lanphere nee Hitz died 6/17/2014
First Wife – Geneva M. Lanphere nee Presnell
Second Wife – Katherine M. Lanphere nee Crick
Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home
1501 Ninth at Lemon Street
Highland, IL 62249