Wilbur "Dean" Tackett

1943 - 2019

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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.

Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    620 N. Main St
    Arlington, Ohio
    Thursday, May 23rd 2019 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM

  • Funeral Service:

    Friday, May 24th 2019 - 10:00 AM

  • Service Location:

    620 North Main Street
    Arlington, Ohio 45814

  • Final Resting Place:

    Van Horn Cemetery [Map]

    Amanda Twp, Vanlue, Ohio

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To : Judy and family
Date :Tuesday, May 21st 2019
From : Chad Thomason and family
Sorry for your loss, Dean was a Wonderful man who will be greatly missed he was always so good to my son!! We will be keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

To : Dean's family
Date :Tuesday, May 21st 2019
From : Joanne Dible Traxler
I am so sorry for your loss. Dean was a classmate of mine and I will never forget his sweet smile and kind demeanor.

To : Judy and all the Family
Date :Tuesday, May 21st 2019
From : Violet Frederick Weaver
Dean will be missed by many. He was a kind and caring man to everyone and especially to a child with special needs. I am so sorry for your loss. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless

To : Dean's family
Date :Wednesday, May 22nd 2019
From : Bernadean
The Lion's shows won't be the same. Dean will be missed by everyone who met him. He was the best of the best!

To : Judy Jeff Michelle and the Tackett Family
Date :Wednesday, May 22nd 2019
From : Darren Gilbert
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Dean. Many fond memories growing up visiting the Tackett's on Leighton Street. Also seeing Dean during visits to Hardin Memorial Radiology Department. You're all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

To : Judy and Family
Date :Wednesday, May 22nd 2019
From : Rick and Helen Miller
Sorry for your loss. We got to see Dean a lot at the hospital and at the campgrounds. Always had a smile for everyone. He will be sadly missed by all. We want you to know we will be praying for you.

To : Judy Tackett
Date :Wednesday, May 22nd 2019
From : Tom and Brenda Keller
Dear Judy and Family,
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.

To : Our family
Date :Wednesday, May 22nd 2019
From : Jeff and Ashley Call
Our hearts are broken for our family in the loss of Uncle Dean. Our hearts and prayers and angels are being sent to you. Much love.

To : Judy and Family
Date :Friday, May 24th 2019
From : Linda Niederkohr And family
Judy, I am so sad to hear of Dean’s passing. He was such a great guy. I shall miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Forever a classmate and a friend.

To : Judy and family
Date :Saturday, May 25th 2019
From : Larry and Deborah Shepherd Hitzeman
Judy and family Sorry to hear about you loss. You all are in our prayers.