Memorial for Paul Dean Ground ’57
DECATUR – Paul Dean Ground, 82, of Decatur, passed away Saturday, October 7, 2017, in his home surrounded by his family.
Dean was born April 3, 1935 in Dalton City, Illinois, the son of Paul and Bonnie (Nihiser) Ground. He graduated from Decatur High School in 1953 and attended Millikin University. Dean married Phyllis Smithers, June 19, 1955, in Decatur and was happily married for over 62 years. He was a member of Mound Chapel Church OF God (where he served as a Trustee for many years), served in the U.S. Army Reserves, and worked at Taystee Bread for 10 years. Dean retired as an Archway Cookie Distributor after 30 years.
Dean was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend. He loved his family and loved the Lord. He will be greatly missed by his loving wife, Phyllis; son, Stephen Ground; grandchildren: Samantha Ground and Dylan Ground; sister-in-law, Betty (Smithers) Marlow; and many special nieces, nephews, cousins and wonderful friends.
Dean was preceded in death by his parents; step-father, Ted Harris; brothers: Ted Ground and Harry Ground; sisters-in-law: Connie Ground and Carol Ground; and brother-in-law, Glenn Marlow.
Services to celebrate Dean’s life will be 10:30 am, Wednesday, October 11, 2017, in Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home. Visitation will Tuesday, October 10, 2017, from 5 to 7 pm, in the funeral home. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Township Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mound Chapel Church Of God. Dean requested casual dress for his celebration of life.
The family of Paul Dean Ground is being served by Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 2091 N. Oakland Ave., Decatur, IL 62526. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.gracelandfairlawn.com