Vernon Dean Dreyer of Pittsboro, NC, died peacefully at age 97 on December 16, 2012 at Central Carolina Hospital in Sanford, NC. Dean was born March 30, 1915 in Fergus Falls, MN, one of six children born to Johann John and Annah Bryson Dreyer.
Dean married Virginia E. Jones in Ypsilanti, MI on Jan. 20, 1940. Ginny preceded him in death on March 1, 2006. Dean is survived by his son Duane Dreyer of Durham, daughters Joyce Baughman and Deborah Hinton of Pittsboro and Carol Kendall of High Point, NC; grandchildren Lori Franklin, Scott Dreyer, Jon Baughman, and Ben Kendall; great-grandchildren Eric Franklin, Ashlyn Kendall, and Russ Dreyer; and sisters Doris Hedge of Tucson, AZ and Helen Trussell of Alberta, Canada.
Dean graduated in 1932 from Mt. Horeb High School in Wisconsin. He received on-the-job training in tool & die work and advanced to become a plant engineer and then plant manager for several machinery companies. Dean and Ginny moved to North Carolina in 1977 after his retirement. He was a Past Master of Phoenix Masonic Lodge 13. His interests included woodworking, square dancing, restoring antique cars, and he was especially known for his story- telling.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. James Holt as well as the staff of Central Carolina Hospital for their exceptional care.
The family will receive visitors at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service in Pittsboro on Friday, Dec. 21 from 6:00-8:00pm. A Masonic graveside service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 22 at 1:00pm at Chatham Memorial Park in Siler City.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Chatham County Council on Aging at 365 NC87, Pittsboro NC 27312 or Chatham Animal Rescue & Education CARE at PO Box 610, Pittsboro, NC 27312.