Dean Eldon Way, 78, went home to be with our Lord February 12, 2013. Dean was born January 2, 1935, to Frank E. and Hester E. Way of Salem, Oregon, the youngest of the four Way children.
A graduate of Silverton High School, Dean enlisted in the U.S. Army Signal Corps in January 1954. He was a member of the Fort Ord Military Honor Guard, 2nd Army Drum and Bugle Corps, and was selected to be a member of the All Military Bugle Brigade at Arlington National Cemetery. He was honored to serve the Army as photographer and camera equipment repairman in South Korea, and was selected as Soldier of the Month and awarded the United Nations Commendation.
During his time in Korea he continued corresponding with his fiance at home in Salem, Ore. by the name of Arlene Darr. Upon his return they were married April 19, 1957.
Dean enrolled in Merritt Davis School of Commerce and completed his Accounting Certificate in 1961. While in school, Dean worked at Pacific Telephone Company in Salem until 1958, and spent the next 10 years at Valley Telephone Company in Silverton, Ore. In 1970, Dean moved his family to Canby, Ore. to work for Canby Telephone Association, while continuing his education and receiving his Advanced Accounting for Public Utilities degree from Portland State College in 1974. He retired from Canby Telephone in 1990, then took a position with Siskiyou Telephone Company in Etna, Calif. Dean fully retired in 1997, and after enjoying the climate of the Northern California area, he and Arlene chose to live in Medford, Ore., where he resided until his death.
Dean was very active in the communities in which he resided, serving as Chamber of Commerce President, member of the City Budget and Planning Committee, as well as serving on the elementary school board. In 1963 he was awarded the Silverton Junior Citizen Award. He volunteered in the Boy Scouts of America program as Scout Master and on the District Commissioner Advisory Council, receiving the Cascade Council Volunteer of the Year award in 1968. His hobbies were photography and woodworking, always providing others, as well as himself, the fruits of his work.
Dean is survived by his loving wife, Arlene; his four children, Teresa Dickson (husband Gary), of Normandy, Tenn., Kevin Way (wife Melissa), of Oceanside, Calif., Susan Thompson (husband Jeff), of Albany, Ore., and Darin Way, of Portland, Ore.; 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and their families. He was preceded in death by his father, Frank Way; mother, Hester Way; brother, Harry Way; sister, Helen Neth; and brother, Charles (Bob) Way.
Dean was interred in the family gravesite at Belcrest Memorial Park in Salem, Ore., Monday, February 18, 2013. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 2, 2013, at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Medford, Ore. Memorials in lieu of flowers may be directed to Westminster Presbyterian Church of Medford or to the Providence Home Care and Hospice of Medford.