Dean W. Messer (final arrangements)

Dean W. Messer, 82, of Mt. Pleasant, died Thursday, October 20, 2022 at his residence.

A funeral service for Dean will be held at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, October 25, at the Kimzey Funeral Home, 213 N. Main St., Mt. Pleasant. Pastor Jeffery A. McPheron of the Trenton/Wesley Chapel United Methodist Churches will officiate. Burial will be in the White Oak Cemetery, rural Rome, IA. Friends may call from 12 Noon to 8 PM on Monday at the funeral home. The family will be present to receive friends from 5-7 PM.

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Dean William Messer was born October 11, 1940 in rural Rome, IA. He was the son of Harry and Iru (Christner) Messer. He attended school in Mt. Pleasant and graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School in 1959. On August 6, 1962 at the former Prairie Gem Methodist Church, rural Mt. Pleasant, Dean was united in marriage to Karen Esther Young. Mrs. Messer preceded in death on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 in Mt. Pleasant.

Dean was a longtime area farmer. Working on his dad’s farm growing up, Dean was a farmhand for a few years until he began to work on his father-in-law’s farm. He continued on his farms and still had an active part in them at the time of his death. He was a member of the Farm Bureau. When time permitted, Dean loved to hunt and fish, especially on the Skunk River near Rome.

Those thankful for sharing in Dean’s life include his 2 children – Laura Burden and her husband Duane of Columbus Junction, IA and Mark Messer of Mt. Pleasant; a sister – Marla Conner and her husband Frank of Winfield; 7 grandchildren – Danielle Burden, Leslie (Duane) Coffman, Joshua (Samantha) Burden, Emily Burden, Bryce (Hailey) Messer, Lucas Messer and Kallie Messer, and 11 great grandchildren – Wyatt, Collin & Reece Coffman, Evelyn Arnold, Lilly Burden, Raven Dougherty, Jackson Kirby, Casanova  & Journey Huss, Soren Scott and Navy Messer.

Dean’s parents, wife and 2 sisters – Merna Royer and Marydel Fleagle precede him in death.