It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our beloved “Poppy” Dean Weddle, who went home to be with the Lord peacefully in his sleep on December 16, 2021.
Dean was born March 27, 1926 to Rufus and Opal (Campbell) Weddle in Allendale, Missouri. He attended primary school in Allendale, Missouri and joined the United States, Army in 1944 where he rose to the rank of Tec 5, as a heavy truck driver, in World War II. While enlisted, Dean was awarded meritoriously for his service in the African and European theaters as a member of the 3613 Quarter Master Truck Company, where he participated in the major Allied Ardennes Offensive and liberated Jewish prisoners being held in the Buchenwald Camp.
After his honorable discharge in July 1946, Dean married the love of his life, Marie (Brown) Weddle on November 23, 1951. Together, they had five children: Ed Weddle, Rodger Weddle, Mike Weddle, Jeannie (Robert) Winters, and Marcia (Dennis) Core. As a living testament to God’s love, Dean and Marie also welcomed into their home approximately 60 foster and daycare children over a period of 30 years.
Dean was gifted mechanically and had a knack for tinkering and fixing things. Dean also enjoyed fishing, whittling, camping at the Weddle Reunion, worshipping Jesus Christ, his Lord and Savior. He could often be heard whistling a tune or sharing a story with anyone who would lend an ear.
Dean is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Marie; 4 children, Ed, Mike, Jeannie, and Marcia; 18 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren. Dean is preceded in death by his parents, Rufus and Opal Weddle; his son, Rodger Weddle; and three siblings, Ival, Buford, and Ila.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, December 18, 2021 from 5 o’clock pm – 7 o’clock pm at the Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home in Grant City, MO. Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, December 19, 2021 at 1 o’clock pm with internment to follow at the Kirk Cemetery in Allendale Missouri.
The family will be abiding by social distancing and COVID protocols and ask that attendees wear a mask that will be provided. A virtual attendance option will be offered for those uncomfortable or unable to attend the in-person services via Facebook live hosted on Dean’s profile page, located at http://www.facebook.com/dean.weddle.50.
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