Richard I. Dean, 85, Army vet, coached four sports at EHS, OMPH member, civic volunteer

By on March 21, 2018

Richard I. Dean, 85, of Ephrata, passed away on Friday, March 16, 2018, at his residence.

He was born in West Beaver Springs to the late John I. and Myrtle H. (Fultz) Dean, and was the husband of Filitea (Poretta) Dean.

Richard entered college in 1951, where he met his wife, Filitea, and they married in June of 1955. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1953, serving two years. He graduated from the State Teachers College in Lock Haven with a degree in physical education in 1957. He then went on to earn a master’s degree in education from Bucknell University in 1961.

He started teaching physical education at BCI High School in Coalport. There he coached varsity basketball and baseball. He also started the football program for BCI. He was president of the local Lions Club in Coalport.

In 1964, Richard and his wife both began teaching at Ephrata High School. He was the head wrestling and baseball coach, and was an assistant coach in football and basketball. He also was the head coach for the Ephrata Legion team. He was active in the Ephrata Jaycees, serving as president. He was in charge of the Miss Lancaster County Pageant in 1997.

The Ephrata Lions Club honored him as the unofficial founder of the Adopt A Highway maintenance program for collecting aluminum cans on local highways. The Lions Club planted a tree in the Ephrata Township Park in memory of his daughter, Parma.

He was inducted into the Ephrata High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2017. He was a member of OMPH church for over 50 years, serving as one of the original ministers of communion.

Richard loved mentoring young men, but his greatest joy came from being with his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He led our family with kindness, compassion and unselfish love. He had a way of blessing everyone he met, and we will sorely miss him.

In addition to his wife, Richard is survived by a daughter: Victoria E., wife of William Woosley of Loveland, Ohio; a son: David B., husband of Kathy (Maenza) Dean of Mohnton; eight grandchildren: Matthew R., husband of Jennifer (Hildebrandt) Zoll of Lancaster; Stephanie D., wife of D. Ross Marchegiani of St. Paul, Minn.; Stephanie, wife of Jacob Walker of Pittsburgh; Sarah Rose Dean of Mohnton; Stefanie M., wife of Jason Shade of Exeter; William, husband of Kristan Woosley; Elizabeth Woosley; and Clayton Woosley, all of Loveland, Ohio; and nine great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter: Parma Anne Dean; and five siblings: Clinton, Ellsworth, John, Kathleen, and Bernice.

Services were held March 20 at Our Mother of Perpetual Help, Ephrata, with Fr. John McCoughlin C.SS.R. as celebrant. Final commendation and farewell were held at the Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Kindly omit flowers. If desired, memorial contributions in Richard’s memory may be made to Hospice & Community Care P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA, 17604.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at



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