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Dean M Stall, 90, of Elkhart, passed away April 28, 2020. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Dean was born August 30, 1929 on a farm near Grimes, Iowa. Thus, began what would be his life's occupation. He graduated from Ankeny High School, class of 1947. He served in the Korean War (1952-1954), he went to boot camp in Missouri before taking a troop train to Seattle and sailing for Korea. He married Ruth E. Law in 1958 and they started married life on the farm where Ruth was born, and where he continued to live after her death in 2015. They raised three children along with uncountable quantities of grain and livestock. He spent the rest of his life involved with farming. His sons joined the operation in their time and, eventually, he retired and turned day-to-day operations over to the next generation…making five generations of the same family on that farm.

He served on Farm Bureau and Coop boards, and many other organizations. Dean also volunteered with the Ankeny American Legion and was a member of the First United Methodist Church (where his mother also had been a 50-year member). When he wasn't farming, he was water skiing, snow skiing, taking road trips, flying ultra-light aircraft, and keeping in touch with far-flung relatives and friends. In his final days, he was calling friends and family and maintaining those connections.

Dean is survived by his three children; Ray (Shari) Stall of Huxley, Sue (Al) Burns of Clive, and Del (Robyn) Stall of Elkhart; as well as 6 grandchildren; 2 great-granddaughters; a sister, Beverly (Jerry) Allen of Hawaii; and many other relatives and friends. All will mourn the space in their lives where he used to be.