Mass of Christian Burial for Richard Dean Honaker of Harlan was held Thursday morning, June 12, 2003 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Dunlap. Father Paul Strittmatter officiated at the 10 a.m. service. Music was provided by Fran Klein and Rick Rannells.
Interment was made at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Dunlap. Pallbearers were Mike Honaker, John Heller, Mike Evers, Nathan Jensen, Chris Jensen, Tony Mahlberg. Honorary bearers were members of the Dunlap Fire and Rescue. Fouts Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Dean was born on June 23, 1914 to parents, James and Harriet (Burnett) Honaker in Woodbine. In 1932, Dean married Marie Leone Weber in Dunlap. Dean operated a gas station in Dunlap and then drove a gravel truck. He had been on the Dunlap Fire Department and was the fire chief for a number of years. Marie died on December 29, 1972.
On March 21, 1976, Dean married Pearl Honaker at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Dunlap. The couple moved to Tumbling Shoals, Ark. Dean and Pearl returned to Neola in 1989. The couple moved to Harlan in 1999. Pearl died April 12, 2003.
Dean died Sunday, June 8, 2003 at Myrtue Memorial Hospital in Harlan at the age of 88 years, eleven months and sixteen days.
Dean was preceded in death by his parents, two wives, son, Darrell Honaker, two brothers and three sisters.
He is survived by his son, Leonard Honaker and wife Karen of Black River Falls, Wis.; 7 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.
©The Dunlap Reporter 2003