Wilbur "Dean" Tackett
1943 - 2019
Wilbur "Dean" Tackett, age 75, of Williamstown died at 11:18pm on Monday, May 20, 2019 at the Bridge Hospice Care Center in Findlay. He was born on July 20, 1943 in Carey, Ohio to the late William and Gladys (Ward) Tackett. He married Judy Hall on July 16, 1965 and she survives. Also surviving are a son, Jef (Lisa) Tackett of Kenton; daughter, Michelle (Robert) Shepherd of Kenton; brother, Wallace (Norma) Tackett of Devils Lake, Michigan; sisters: Sue (Charles) Benner of Fairborn, Ohio, Evelyn (Jan) Markowski of Jackson, Mich., LaDonna (Joe) Call of Defiance, and Vicki (Hugo) Borja of Miami, Florida; four grandchildren: Amber (Doug) Mauch, Cristen (John) Kalb, Joshua Shepherd, and Ethan (Erica) Shepherd; and great-grandchildren: Cooper Mauch, Cohen Mauch, Laney Mauch, Kennedy Kalb, Mackenzie Kalb, Hunter Shepherd, and Winchester Shepherd. He was preceded in death by a son, David Tackett; and brothers: Merle and Darryl Tackett. Dean graduated from Carey High School in 1961 and served in the United States Navy from 1961-1964. He retired as the Director of Radiology at Hardin Memorial Hospital after more than 40 years. He and his wife previously owned the Sulphur Lake Campground for 26 years. He was an active member of the Kenton Lions Club from 1973 to present, having been the President in 2012 and 2015 and was the recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellow Award (the highest award a Lion can receive). He loved to travel, wintering in Winter Gardens, FL, and attending historic car shows where he entered his 1940 Chevy Pickup. He enjoyed athletics, having played and coached. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather and tried to never miss a ball game. He had a passion for fund raising to support Bridge Hospice and Not By Choice in Kenton. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given to either of those charities. Visitation will be held from 2:00-8:00pm on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at CRATES FUNERAL HOME in Arlington, where funeral services will be held at 10:00am on Friday, May 24. Pastor Terry Robinson will officiate and interment will follow at Van Horn Cemetery. Full military rites will be conducted at the cemetery by the Hancock County Veterans Memorial Squad. Online condolences are welcomed at www.coldrencrates.com.
CRATES FUNERAL HOME [Map]
620 N. Main St
Thursday, May 23rd 2019 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Friday, May 24th 2019 - 10:00 AM
CRATES FUNERAL HOME [Map]
620 North Main Street
Arlington, Ohio 45814
Final Resting Place:
Van Horn Cemetery [Map]
Amanda Twp, Vanlue, Ohio
Condolences For Wilbur "Dean" Tackett
You have our sympathy in the loss of Dean. When I graduated from high school, Dean hired me to be a darkroom technician in the Radiology Dept. At that time, I didn't realize the position would be the beginning of a 40+ year career in healthcare. I am grateful that he had confidence in me. Dean displayed enthusiasm for his work and showed kindness to those he served. He was also very supportive of the Kenton community, including the Kenton Wildcats football team. May God comfort you.