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In Memory of Dean Habel


July 16, 1929 - December 4, 2017

Dean Habel, age 88, of Hayward, WI passed away on December 4, 2017 at Water’s Edge Care Center in Hayward.

Raymond Dean was born July 16, 1929 in Tomah, WI, the son of Frank and Ethel Habel. He was raised in Sparta, WI and graduated from Sparta High School in 1947. He continued his education at the University of WI, LaCrosse, earning a degree in elementary education.

He married Mary Kiefer on August 19, 1950 in Sparta, WI. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Dean taught in elementary schools in Fondulac, WI and Winona, MN. During these years, he earned his Master’s Degree in Elementary Administration at the University of Colorado Greeley. In 1960 he became the principal of Hayes Elementary School in Fridley, MN. Dean continued working in the Fridley school district until his retirement in 1986, serving as principal of the Hayes, Gardena and Stevenson schools, while simultaneously being the Elementary School Director.

In 1986, he and Mary moved to their home on Round Lake in Hayward. Dean served on the Hayward School Board for two terms and he volunteered at the Hayward Nursing Home. By far, Dean’s favorite volunteer activity was reading to the four year olds at Grandma’s Daycare, which he did twice a week for many years. He was known to many Hayward youth as Grandpa Dean.

Dean was an active member of Grace Lutheran Church.

Dean is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Heidi Habel and Tim Donovan, of Hayward, as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary and his parents.

We sincerely thank the wonderful staff at Water’s Edge for their continuous, loving care of Dad during his last years. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation, Chippewa Valley Outreach Office, 404 ½ N Bridge St., Chippewa Falls, WI 54729.

A Memorial Service will be held for Dean at 11:00 a.m., Monday, December 11 at Grace Lutheran Church in Hayward. Visitation will be held from 3:00-6:00 p.m., Sunday, December 10 at Grace Lutheran Church and also one hour prior to the service at the church.