1930 - 2013
Dean Angell, a longtime Walla Walla farmer, died Friday, Jan. 18, at Providence St. Mary Medical Center.
He was 82. Dean was born Nov. 4, 1930, in his family’s home near Whitman Mission, the son of Verda and Robert L. Angell. He later moved with his family to Dayton and graduated from Dayton High School in 1948.
In 1949, Dean joined the U.S. Navy and served as a boiler operator aboard both the USS Brush, a Fletcher-class destroyer, and the USS Ajax, a repair ship, during the Korean War.
After returning to the Walla Walla area in 1952, Dean married Carol Ann Richmond on Sept. 4, 1953. The two made their home in Dayton and later moved to Walla Walla when Dean began farming north of town on what was then the Richmond Ranch.
Dean retired in 1993 from farming what was by then Angell Farms, ending a career in farming that began when he was 12, working for farmers around the Prescott area.
During his life, Dean was active in the Boy Scouts of America, the Walla Walla Gun Club and the Walla Walla Grain Growers. He served on the board of directors for both the Gun Club and the Grain Growers.
Dean always enjoyed working with his hands and was an accomplished woodworker. He took great joy out of building furniture or simply crafting pens for friends and family. He also enjoyed working with old farm machinery and one of his proudest achievements was the restoration of a 1937 John Deere tractor.
Dean’s wife, Carol, preceded him in death in March 2011. He is survived by son, Jim Angell and his wife, Mary, of Cheyenne, Wyo.; sister, Audrey Schneider of Stow, Ohio; granddaughter, Mandi Angell of Cheyenne, Wyo.; several nieces and nephews; honorary Angell family member, Jeff Shields of Walla Walla; and a group of young men he mentored when they worked on his farm known collectively as “Dean’s Boys.”
A private graveside service will be held. A reception and memorial will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, Jan. 28, at the Walla Walla Gun Club.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Walla Walla Community Hospice through Herring-Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder St., Walla Walla, WA 99362.
Family and friends are invited to sign the online guestbook at www.herringgroseclose.com.