Dean Proctor - October 22, 2009Former Aurora resident Dean Proctor, 74, of Las Vegas, Nev., died Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Oct. 28 in Las Vegas, Nev.
Merwin Dean Proctor was born Dec. 25, 1934 in a “house car” built by his father. This “house car” was used for the trip from Nebraska to Lake Wales, Fla. in 1933 where he was later born. In 1937 at the age of three he was hit by a car. Shortly after this incident he was accidently hit across the top of his head with an axe by his brother Bob. This accident was doctored by his dad with kerosene and soda. In 1942, his parents and the five kids headed back to Nebraska in a 1933 Willys car. They slept on the ground alongside the roads which were next to cotton fields. They spent one year in Nashville, Tenn. They later traveled back to Nebraska, the home of his parents.
Dean had attended school in many different towns throughout Nebraska. Some of these towns included Lawrence, Aurora, Grand Island, Phillips, and Murphy.
In 1954, he followed his two brothers and enlisted in the U.S. Navy.
He and his first wife lived in the Philippines. In 1958, he was given medical discharge from the Navy. Due to the discharge he moved to Omaha where he enrolled in schooling on the G.I. Bill for commercial refrigeration, air conditioning, and heating. His wife moved to Grand Island while she waited for him to finish college.
He later divorced only to remarry another woman.
After he finished schooling he began his time in the workforce in Grand Island. While living in Grand Island he was employed at Springer Fixture and Supply, and Mid-Nebraska Restaurant Supply, both located in Grand Island and Eckerson Restaurant Supply located in Aurora.
In 1979, he moved to Las Vegas, Nev. where he married his wife, Mary, on Dec. 18 and then settled down for good. While in Las Vegas he was employed in multiple businesses that specialized in his line of work. In 1990, he was employed by Excalibur Casino and worked there until he passed away. He was diagnosed with cancer shortly before the summer of 2009.
His main sources of pleasure were his family, his dogs and a pastime of golf. He always played golf with his uncle when he came back to Lincoln. He cherished annual trips back to Nebraska. He was a member of the Elks for 29 years. He was also a member of the Eagles #378 in Grand Island for 39 years.
He is survived by his wife Mary; four daughters by a previous marriage, Debby (Steve) Davidson of Phoenix, Ariz., Lee Ann (Gordon) Hazen of Grand Island, Sandy Dill of Lincoln, and Tammy (Kevin) Lahowetz of Grand Island; four brothers, Dave (Shelby) of Boaz, Ala., Bob (Laveda) of Aurora, Bruce (Rosemary) of Port Angeles, Wash., Carl (Ardis) of Oxford, and sister Idonna Russell of Aurora.
He was preceded in death by an unnamed sister, who was stillborn, and his brother, Jonas Proctor, who died at the age of six; a baby daughter, Barbara; a granddaughter, Jocelyn, and his parents, John and Bessie Proctor.