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The family will receive friends at Brumley-Mills Funeral Home on Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, March 28, at 10 a.m. at Apostolic Church of McAlester with Pastor Bobby Price officiating. A private family committal service will be held following the church service.
Dean's family will serve as pallbearers.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Masonic Solomon Lodge 32 of Krebs.
Dean Palmer was born on Nov. 2, 1957, in McAlester, to Jim and Lillie Mae (Ivie) Palmer. He grew up in the McAlester area and attended school at Crowder, where he graduated in 1975.
Dean started working at a young age at the Otasco store, where he became proficient at repairing appliances. He worked there until it closed. He then worked for Sears for a few years. He also worked in the oil fields for a while.
Dean enjoyed hunting and fishing, but spent much of his time raising his five children and spending time with his grandchildren.
Dean is survived by five children, Dena M. Williams, Melissa Underhill, Stephen Palmer, Shannah Palmer, and Isaac Palmer; nine grandchildren, Faith, Christian (who he raised), Gabriel, Ethan, Elizabeth, Thomas, Nathan, Remington and Lilliam; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Ed and Vicky Palmer, and Gary and Deb Palmer; a brother-in-law, T. J. McClellan, and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ernestine, and a sister, Wanda McClellan.
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