Warren Scott Dean, 75, Altoona, passed away peacefully Saturday at Epworth Healthcare and Rehabilitation, Tyrone, after an extended illness.
He was born in Altoona, son of the late Melvin and Amy (Barclay) Dean. On March 20, 1977, he married Patricia Jane Strohmeyer at Riggles Gap Bible Church.
Surviving is his loving wife of 45 years; three daughters: Kerry (wife, Tracy) Francioni of Wapwallopen, Kelli (husband, Torae) Gill of Cherry Tree and Nichole Dean (fiance, James Dailey) of Altoona; two grandchildren, Brayden and Amylee Gill of Cherry Tree; a sister, Sandy (husband, Jim) Kane of Fayetteville; a foster son, Joe Howsare of Harper’s Ferry, W.Va.; a niece, Tammy Reffner; nephews, Brett Kane and Jimmy Kane and their extended families; and longtime friend/family Robert Gohn and his husband, Todd (Hiquet) Gohn of Altoona. He also leaves behind his beloved dog, Saydee.
Warren was known by his middle name, “Scott.”
He was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Amy; and his in-laws, Harry and Helen Strohmeyer.
Scott was a 1965 graduate of Altoona High School and was a brilliant man. He attended trade school where he dabbled in drafting and heavy equipment operating. He was a very hard-working man with a beautiful sense of humor and gave everything for his family. He worked for Proctor Silex, Murata Electronics, State College, delivered newspapers for Newborn Enterprises and was a dishwasher at Penn State Hospitality Services, Friendly’s and Jethro’s over the years. Most recently, Scott was a valet for UPMC Altoona and was the cancer treatment center booth attendant located behind UPMC. He always waved to visitors and staff and had a kind smile for everyone.
He loved to learn the physics and engineering of how things worked. You could learn a lot from a chat with him. Scott loved the Lord Jesus Christ and was very strong in his faith and Bible knowledge. He was of the Baptist faith.
Scott enjoyed spending time with family, especially his grandchildren, fishing, hunting, word searches, discussing politics and current events and watching TV and movies, particularly science fiction, Bruce Lee, Westerns and his favorite movie, the 1953 “Invaders from Mars.” He enjoyed practicing martial arts in his younger years. He also enjoyed attending local events such as the Native American Pow Wow at Delgrosso’s Amusment Park. He and his wife’s favorite song that they would occasional dance to was “Islands in the Stream,” by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton.
Friends will be received from 11 a.m. until the 1 p.m. funeral service Thursday, June 2, 2022, in the Axe and Santella Funeral Home Chapel, 1534 Fourth St., Altoona, the Rev. Robert E. Gohn Jr. officiating. Committal will be at Grandview Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Leslie E. Axe Funeral Home to help the family with costs, 1520 Fourth St., Altoona, PA 16601.
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