Dean Allison Peotter, 79, passed away peacefully on April 6, 2011, at his winter home in Phoenix, Ariz., after a courageous two-year battle with cancer.
He will be laid to rest in the Veterans National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, Phoenix, Ariz.
He was born on a small farm on Sutton Road a few miles south of Tecumseh, Mich., on Oct. 12, 1931.
He was the youngest of three sons, but not the youngest of six children born to Ralph W. J. and Lodica B. (Allison) Peotter.
A celebration of life was held on April 15, 2011, at Orangewood Village Mobile Home Park, Phoenix, Ariz. The Rev. Roger Withee officiated. Several anecdotal stories were presented by dear friends and a testimonial to Dean’s early life was given by his brother, Ralph.
A luncheon in honor of Dean followed the service.
After graduating from Tecumseh High School in 1949, Dean worked for the Tecumseh Products Company. In 1951, he joined the U.S. Air Force and served four years achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant. After serving honorably for his country, he returned to the Tecumseh Products Company until retirement in 1993.
Dean and Deanna, his wife of 36 years, were avid hot air balloonists, and enjoyed and attended many hot air balloon festivals, including the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, N.M. Both achieved their pilot’s license, and were sponsored by Tecumseh Engines at some of those festivals.
In addition to ballooning he enjoyed farming, riding his Honda touring bike with Deanna, camping, woodworking, mowing their large lawn and having children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren visit.
During his retired years he also enjoyed golfing, organizing and playing bocce ball, working and playing games on the computer, playing cards with friends, playing his washtub bass fiddle in the Orange Peals Band and many other activities.