Dekoven D.C. Dean, 90 of Springfield, passed away peacefully in his home on January 8th, 2023, after a long battle with colon cancer.

After graduating from Lincoln High, D.C. met Barbara Ingram, and they wed in 1959. To that union, 3 children were born, Patricia (Toney) Burton, Durell (Rita) Dean and Adrian (Kimberly) Dean.  D.C. worked at Terrell-Phelps Chevrolet, RC Cola bottling company, The Greene County Sheriff’s Department, and retired from Sherwin Williams paint company. 

D.C. held many influential positions, such as being a Golden Glove champion boxer and coaching many champions at The Boy’s Club. He also was a long-time member of The Springfield Sertoma Club, where he served countless years at events like the Chili Cookoff and Wing-a-palooza. D.C. was mostly well known for taking over as the cook at Rudy’s BBQ at the Ozark Empire Fair after Rudy Ingram passed away.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Dean, his three children, Patricia, Durell, and Adrian, his grandchildren Anthony, Derek, Ashley, Tausha, Taja, and Marvin, his great-grandchildren Terrell and Myles, and his brother-in-law Charles Ingram, his brother Mr. Noble Dean Sr. of McCory, Arkansas, his sister Mrs. Catherine Jones of Temple Hills, Maryland, and many nieces, nephews, loved ones and friends. 

Visitation will be held at Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 14, 2023, with the funerals service to follow.