Obituary published May 28, 2013 in The Mexico Ledger

Lucian "L.J." Dean of Mexico passed away Thursday peaceful at his home.
He was born July 16, 1921, in Mexico, Mo. The son of the late Luly D and Lucian Dean.
Survivors include his wife Hellen, which he was married to for 67 years, two sons, James Dean, Bakersfield, Ca. and Gary (Sandy) Dean, Independence, Mo, two daughters, Joyce (Larry) Clayton, Ark. and Sheryl (Wesley) Butler Bement, Ill., ten grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.
During his life L.J. worked at AP Green, Wetterau, then ran Dean's Mobil on Highway 22 for many years until it burned down. He then went to work for Meeks & Atkins. When they closed he worked for Erdel's Hardware until he retired. During his retirement L.J. and Hellen bought an RV and traveled across the United States site seeing and enjoying life. One winter he decided for Christmas he would go and apply at Brookstone for Christmas help and was hired, where he worked full time for several years until the age of 90. L.J. was a member of the Mexico United Methodist Church.
L.J. always had a story or a joke to tell and never met a stranger. He enjoyed going on trips, motorhome club, going out to eat and being with his family. He was a member of American Legion Post 26 in Mexico and 40/8 Voiture 292 in Columbia. L.J. was very big on Veteran activities around Mexico. L.J. helped start Boy Scout Troop 57. He was a Leader and made several trips to Thunderbird and different trail walks with the boys. He enjoyed gardening with the grandkids growing sunflowers and pumpkins.
Visitation was held Monday 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Arnold's Funeral Home in Mexico. Then Tuesday will meet at Arnold's at 12:45 to travel to Jacksonville for graveside services at Missouri State Veterans Cemetery for Military service at 2:00 pm.
Memorials may be made to the 40/8 /Voiture 292 or the donor's choice in care of Arnold Funeral Home, 425 S. Jefferson, Mexico, MO 65265.