Ronald "Ron" Dean

Obituary of Ronald "Ron" Gordon Dean

Ron was born on April 23, 1951, in Innisfail, Alberta, to John and Agnes Dean and passed away on May 19, 2024 at the Red Deer Hospital Palliative Care unit at the age of 73 years.

Ron often talked about his fond memories of growing up on the family farm east of Innisfail.

Over the course of his career Ron worked for Corrections Canada, was in Real Estate for numerous years and finally worked in the Oilfield Industry.

Ron was a talented athlete in his younger years and enjoyed competitive curling, fastball and golf. Ron pitched for the Bowden Blues fastball team and continued on to play professional fastball with the Red Deer Corvettes and later with the Edmonton Lang. But Ron’s passion was golf. He talked about how he would get mad at himself when he didn’t either birdie or par every hole. He was offered a job in Edmonton as an assistant Golf Pro but as he had a young family at the time it wasn’t feasible for him to accept the position. Ron was still golfing last year, but it was becoming more of a struggle for him. But what he lacked in physical strength he made up for in technique and could still send the ball flying. Ron was a dedicated member of the Innisfail Golf Club and the Royal Canadian Legion (Innisfail) Branch 104 for many years. 

Ron always had a joke to tell. He had a knack for getting people to think he was telling a true story only to discover there was a punch line. He also enjoyed entertaining both children and adults alike with card tricks.

Ron was an excellent handyman and enjoyed working with wood. He was also a git’er’done kind of guy and if something needed to be fixed, he would do it almost that instant. No “honey do” list for Ron! He also enjoyed cooking and playing cards. He enjoyed a good game of crib and always welcomed a challenge to play.  He played with his friend Conrad Hueppelsheuser four or five times a week at the Red Deer Legion, the Downtown Senior’s House and at Davenport Place.

Ron loved his two, 4-legged ‘boys’ Randy and Rudy and all the other fur babies that were ever a part of his life. It truly broke his heart when they crossed the rainbow bridge.

Ron will be lovingly remembered by his wife Sharon Dean of Red Deer Alberta; two beautiful daughters Kimberly (Damon) Hughes of Mason Ohio, and Marina Gibson of Innisfail Alberta; five grandchildren Patricia (Alana) Hughes of Woodville Alabama, Katheryn Hughes of Mason Ohio, Blake Anderson, Ari Gibson and Colton Anderson all of Innisfail Alberta; brothers John (Darlene) Dean of Innisfail, Ernie (Audrey) Dean of Red Deer; sisters Corrinne (Doug) Miller of Innisfail and Colleen Dean (Jack Forget) of Red Deer County as well as his ‘bonus’ great grandson Tanner Osby, the Dye family and by numerous nieces; nephews; extended family and friends. Ron was predeceased by his parents John and Agnes Dean and by two infant sisters Margaret and Elizabeth Dean.

A memorial service will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion (Branch 104), 5108 – 49th Avenue, Innisfail AB on June 7, 2024 at 2:00 pm.

Memorial donations in Ron’s memory may be directed to the Central Alberta Humane Society, 4505 - 77 St., Red Deer   AB   T4P 2J1 or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Condolences to Ron’s family may be emailed to Please indicate “Dean” in the subject line.

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