Dean was born on March 8, 1924, in Woodhull. He married Elizabeth Ptasnik on April 17, 1948. She passed away in 2010.
He farmed near Woodhull for 42 years, retiring in 1986.
His children are Luann (Dale) Demick, Davenport; and the late Gary Litton, Phoenix. His grandchildren are Samantha Demick, Davenport; and Shawn Demick (Jenny Howland), Iowa City. He has one great-grandson, Baxter Demick, Iowa City.