Dawson Dean Hailey, 90 of rural Arcadia, passed away on Friday, June 12, 2020 at 12:12 p.m. at Blanchard Valley Hospital. Dean was born on December 23, 1929 in Corning, Kansas to Dawson Dent and Effie Viola (Neff) Hailey. He lived in Kansas until the second grade when his family moved to Ohio because his older sister Letha owned the Whitehouse Hamburger chain in Findlay and was opening stores in Fostoria and Fremont. After school Dean would ride the bus from Findlay to Fostoria to patty hamburgers.
Dean was a 1947 graduate of Findlay High School. He married Dolores M. Carman from Canton, Ohio on April 18, 1951 and she survives. Dean served in the U.S. Army from 1951 - 1953 and was stationed in Camp Rucker, Alabama.
Dean is also survived by three sons: Mitchell D. Hailey of Findlay, Jeffrey D. (Alice) Hailey of Findlay and Christopher D. (Ann) Hailey of Bloomdale, Ohio; three grandchildren, Ryan (Lane) Hailey, Jennifer (Tom) Minich, Stephanie (Jeb) Friend; step granddaughter Sara Spitler, and nine great grandchildren, along with sister Lela West of Fla. He was preceded in death by son Timothy Dean Hailey, brothers Jack and Dale, and sisters Letha Corder and Lois Bell.
Dean and Dolores were proudest that Tim was one of eight founding students of the Blanchard Valley School which began in the basement of the Cherry St. Church and is now The Blanchard Valley Center on Sandusky St.
After co-managing Allers Carry Out, Dean assisted in the building and managed Lucky's Carry Out from 1967 - 1975. He also helped initiate Bell Security at Cooper Tire and Rubber Company where he worked from 1975 - 1980. In 1980 Dean established Hailey House furniture upholstery and refinishing. He took pride in every job and his greatest satisfaction was the surprise of his customers with their transformed pieces of furniture. Dean ran the upholstery business until 2019 when he became ill. He spent his remaining time at Briar Hill Health Campus and was so fortunate for the personable and caring staff that he got to know, especially through this difficult time. Deans heart may have given out, but his mind was still strong.
Though a late starter, Dean's passion was golfing, and he couldn't wait till his next tee time with the guys, and at age 80 he scored a hole-in-one at Shady Grove. He ran the Thursday Night Tournament Club at Briar Hill Golf Club in North Baltimore for 17 years. With an easy and sincere demeanor he made many close friends on and off the golf course. Dean was never too busy for a conversation, and never in a rush to finish one. Blessed with a remarkable memory, Dean led a simple life with a lasting legacy.
Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 and from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 17 at KIRKPATRICK-BEHNKE FUNERAL HOME, 500 Lima Avenue, Findlay, Ohio. The funeral service will follow at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home with Mike Harris officiating. Burial will be in Van Buren Cemetery, with military rites by the Hancock County Veterans Memorial Squad. Memorials in Dean's honor can be made to Blanchard Valley Center, 1700 East Sandusky Street, Findlay, Ohio 45840. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.kirkpatrickbehnke.com.