72, born March 26, 1942 in Phoenix, Arizona, to parents Lester G. Jaeger and Betty J. Jaeger (grew up in Phoenix) passed away January 9, 2015.
He attended Creighton Grade School, Phoenix Union High School and worked for Medlin Electric after classes in high school and before his marriage. He married his beloved wife and partner of 51 years, Margaret (Manning) Jaeger on February 16, 1963.
Dean then went to work as a truck driver and was a member in good standing with Teamster Local 104. He retired in 1997 and started building our retirement home in Roosevelt Estates at Roosevelt Lake, Arizona. We moved there in October, 1999.
He was active in Gila County Search and Rescue for 11 years until he got ill. He loved to hunt and fish and watch the animals from our backyard. He had his last deer hunt with his son on November 7, 2014, got his opening day. Son didn’t score.
Dean is survived by his wife Margaret, son Lester Dean Jr. (Jennifer), and grandson Bennett Dean Jaeger, 4 sisters, Judy Hall (Don), Linda Dell (Rich), Peggy Jaeger (Dean Snyder), and Debra Jaeger (Spaso), 4 nieces, 2 nephews, 10 great nieces and nephews, 1 great-great niece, and many, many, many good friends and buddies.
Dean was preceded in death by his parents Lester and Betty Jaeger.
A big Thank You to our friends and neighbors in Phoenix and Roosevelt, who stood by us during his Chemo and illnesses, and kept an eye on us.
Another big, big Thank You to Hospice of the Valley, who took care of Dean at home in Phoenix. Without them I would not have made it. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of the Valley, in Dean’s name. It will be greatly appreciated.
Visitation will be held from 10:00AM-12:00PM, with a Celebration of Life starting at noon, Thursday, January 15, 2015 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 East Indian School Road, Phoenix.
Jeannine M. Thiele
Margaret, I’m so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers. Just know that Dean is in a better place and has no more pain or suffering. You are in my thoughts and prayers and may the Lord bring you peace.
The Greer Family
Margaret and Lester. I hope you remember the crazy Greer girls that lived next door to you for many years. I am Chelly and I want to tell you both how sorry I am for the loss of Dean.
I wish I could have attended but know that I am thinking of you and your family and praying for you all. The Greers have fond memories of you all and we have never forgotten you. I still tell stories of some of the fun we had together back then and of Lester growing up.
Take care and please call me if you need anything. My cell # is 480-2003-4709. God bless you all.
I was his niece and I’m writing his Eulogy for speech class in school. I’ve really, really enjoyed learning about him because I didn’t really know him that well. I went to his funeral when I was eleven or twelve and witnessed the pain it caused my family.
I know it’s a little late, but I offer my deepest condolences to Margaret and Lester.
Rest in Peace, uncle Dean. I hope the afterlife is treating you well. You were truly a good person.