ASHLAND – Dean Lee Laune, 84, of Ashland, entered into rest, surrounded by his family, on Dec. 29, 2019 at his home in Ashland. He was born Sept. 17, 1935 in Deshler to Charles and Mary (Graul) Laune. Dean graduated from Ashland-Greenwood High School and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. On June 10, 1956, Dean was united in marriage to Violetan Hurst at the United Methodist Church in Ashland.
Following college Dean started working with his father at Laune Implement in Ashland. In 1974, he opened Laune Sales, where he continued to work the rest of his life. He was a member of Ashland United Methodist Church, Men in Mission, Gideons and the Ashland Chamber of Commerce.
Dean enjoyed watching and filming his grandchildren’s sporting events. He loved bowling, square dancing, basketball, fishing and he always enjoyed his work.
He is survived by wife of 63 years, Violetan Laune; children, Steven D. (Kayla) Laune of Ashland, Annette L. (Paul) Smith of Omaha and Thomas D. (Andrea) Laune of Franklin, Tenn.; grandchildren, Naomi Barent, Trent (Megan) Laune, Monica (Tyler) Payne, Kirsten Laune, Louis (Alanna) Smith, Charles Smith, Gregory Smith, Clara Laune and Jonathan Laune; great-grandchildren, Delain Barent, Elyse Barent, Landry Barent, Kooper Payne and Kayden Payne; sister, Joy Vanderpool of Texas; brother, Allyn “Pete” Laune of Ashland and many other family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by parents, Charles and Mary Laune; siblings, Charlene Box, Mary Lou Moss and Charles “Roger” Laune.
There will be a funeral service on Thursday, Jan. 2 at 10:30 a.m. at United Methodist Church, 1442 Adams St., Ashland. The Rev. Dr. Jeff Thurman will be officiating.
Visitation will be Wednesday, Jan. 1 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Marcy Mortuary, Ashland.
He will be interred at Ashland Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to Ashland United Methodist Church or ALS Foundation.
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