Hamilton County


Jerome Dean Fardal




Jerome Dean ‘Dean’ Fardal was born Sept. 5, 1925 to Elmer Herman and Effie Teoy Dyvig Fardal.

Jerome served with the U.S. Navy in World War II aboard the USS San Pablo (AVP-30).

Obituary - Sunland Memorial Park, Sun City, AZ

J. Dean Fardal was born on September 5, 1925 in Stanhope, Iowa to parents Elmer H. and Effie Fardal. He attended grade school (grades 1-8) in a country school house and graduated from Stanhope High School. After graduating from high school, he helped his father and neighbor farmers earning $1.00 a day wages. Dean joined the U.S. Navy as a radioman and was honorably discharged in July of 1946. He then worked in farming and construction and by 1947 Dean attended Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. In 1949 he transferred to Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and graduated in August of 1950 with a Bachelor of Business Degree.

In 1949, while in college, he met Ruth Bice on a blind date that was arranged by friends. Dean was immediately smitten with Ruth and they were married on April 6, 1950. Dean and Ruth remained together until February 24, 2015 when she passed away from cancer.

After graduating from Drake University, Dean was employed by Standard Oil Company (Indiana), which is now the BP Corporation. Thru the years he advanced to the stock, pricing, personnel, credit, real estate, tax, traffic, and auditing departments. In 1962 the Des Moines division was consolidated with the Kansas City divisions and in 1964 Dean was transferred to the Des Moines Iowa Pipeline Terminal as chief clerk. He then advanced further to become the distribution supervisor of the Des Moines Terminal which also included the Cedar Rapids and Ottumwa Terminals in their jurisdiction.

Dean retired in 1984, and he and Ruth moved to Sun City West, Arizona. In 1985 Dean and Ruth joined Lord of Life Lutheran Church and he was active on several committees, including his favorite which was being on the ushering group. Dean enjoyed playing golf with the Stardust Men's League and with a group from Lord of Life. He had 5 holes-in-one to his credit. Dean also enjoyed being a ham radio operator and secured his operator's license in 1958. His call letters were K 0 L U S.

Dean enjoyed 64 years of marriage with Ruth, the love of his life. After a battle with colon and stomach cancer, Dean went to be the Lord and Ruth on July 1, 2016. He is survived by his brothers Clayton (Alice), Matthew (Marlene), his sister Cleetta Schrimper, brother-in-law Bill (Ruth Ann), and several cousins, nephews and nieces.

Source: ancestry.com