Dean A. “Greek” Kaiser, 57, of Warren, Illinois passed away on January 24, 2020 at UW Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin.
Dean was born on November 26, 1962 in Freeport, Illinois to Norman “Dale” and Gladys Kaiser. He graduated from Warren High School in the class of 1981. He married the love of his life, Cheri Fernstaedt, on September 14, 1991 in Browntown, Wisconsin.
Dean was employed by Woodbine Bend Golf Course where he enjoyed watching the early morning sunrise and was very proud of the course.
Dean was a member of St. Paul’s Church of Wayne Township, Wisconsin. He was known for his kind heart and helping others, his creativity, and sense of humor. He was most known for his outdoor holiday decorations, especially his Christmas light display which he spent over 100 hours on each year for others to enjoy.
Dean was an avid sports fan, especially for the Dallas Cowboys and Nascar racing. He ran chains with two of his brothers for years for the Warren football team. He enjoyed driving stock car and demolition derby and sharing his love of demos with his son Kody. He loved children and was a Cub Scout leader and so proud of both his boys for becoming Eagle Scouts. His greatest sports memories were watching his sons play sports and coaching some of their teams. Dean coached both of his boys’ soccer teams. He coached T-Ball through travelling baseball and was an assistant coach for the 14U National Champ Freeport Stix.
Dean enjoyed being outdoors hunting, fishing, and working in his multiple gardens. He was often seen outside playing ball with his boys. He was a great baker and carried on his mom’s Christmas cookies tradition, as well as making homemade bread and pickles.
Dean was a volunteer firefighter for about 32 years where he served as one of the lead airpack men and helped train many others. He enjoyed teaching children about fire safety and walked in many Pumpkin Festival parades. He was very proud of the brotherhood he formed with his fellow firefighters.
Dean enjoyed family gatherings and telling old stories. But his greatest pride and joy in his life was his family, especially his “babydoll” and his two sons, Kody and Kolton, of to which he was an amazing father.
Dean is survived by his loving wife Cheri and two boys; Kody and Kolton (Kaitlyn Brown) of Warren. Sibilings Daniel Kaiser of Warren, Debra White of Monroe, Donna (Paul) Socia of Selingsgrove, Pa, David (Sharon) Kaiser of Warren, and Douglas (Marcia) Kaiser of Monroe. Parents-in-law Tom and Judy Fernstaedt of Warren, and sisters-in-law Valerie (Leland) Woodley and Ashley (Justin) Wolber both of Warren. Nieces and nephews Nicole (Sean) Norton and Brooke (Dante) Elmer both of Rockford, Trent (Shannon) Kaiser of Monroe; Jacob (Cheryl) Stiefel of Selinsgrove, PA; Conner White of Whitewater, WI; Bradley (Jinger) Kaiser of Roscoe, IL and Lindsay (Tim) Campbell of Winnebago, IL; Kylie (Matt) Davis of DeForest, WI and Haley (Luke Neuenschwander) Kaiser of Monroe; Mason Woodley , Corbin and Brodey Wolber all of Warren. Fifteen great nieces and nephews: Samara, Jensen, and Hendrix Norton; Finnick and Lola Elmer; Avery, Leighton, Knox and Charli Kaiser; Justus and Jonas Stiefel; Jaxson Claire and Ben Campbell; and Kameron Davis. Also, his pets Beethoven, Snowflake and Peanut.
He is preceded in death by his beloved mother, Gladys Kaiser, in 2008
Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Friday, January 31, 2020 at the Bartell-Leamon Funeral Home in Warren.
Funeral Service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at the Warren United Methodist Church.
Officiating will be Rev. David Busker.
Interment will take place at the Elmwood Cemetery.
Luncheon to follow at the Warren American Legion.
In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established in his memory.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.leamonfh.com