Dean was born to Joseph and Ruby Holley on Sept. 18, 1939 in Metropolis. He relocated to Colona in 1971, where he lived for 40 years. In 1961, he married Nancy Arlene Lamb, and recently celebrated 50 years of marriage on Dec. 28, 2011.
Dean worked as a concrete finisher, first for Green River Homes, then formed H & C Concrete with partner Peter D. Cuoco.
In June 1987, he partnered with Gene Engler to form Custom Concrete, retiring, due to health issues, in 2008.
Dean will always be remembered for his dedication and long hours to provide quality workmanship. He had a creative ability with concrete design and worked hard to provide for all his family.
Dean was an avid fan of race cars, especially NASCAR. He had a passion for classic cars, and would proudly describe himself as a MOPAR Man.
He leaves behind his wife Nancy of Colona; two daughters, Sandra Andon and husband James of Silvis and Diane Reed and husband Eric of South English, Iowa; his grandchildren, Brandon Holley and wife Kathleen and Jason Hollenbeck, all of Colona, Sarah Hollenbeck of Silvis and Brady Stewart, Holley Dara Stewart and Kadie Reed, all of South English; his great-grandchildren, Shelby Holley, Jillian Holley, Jacob Holley and Caleb Hollenbeck; one sister, Lois Nickolson of Cookeville, Tenn.; and numerous cousins in the Metropolis, Crown Point and Quad Cities area.
He looks forward to seeing his loved ones again and waiting on the ones yet to go on their journey.
He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.
Funeral service was held Monday at Calvary Church of the Quad Cities in Moline with Pastor Tim Bowman officiating. Burial followed at Greenview Memorial Gardens in East Moline.
Many heartfelt thanks to Theresa Carter, Maria Miller, Chris Mott and Sharon Bloomburg, along with several friends and neighbors, for their support and assistance. Special thanks to Dr. Michael Porubcin and staff at Trinity Pathway Hospice.