Dean Isaksen

Funeral services for Dean Isaksen, 74, were held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 14, in Zion Lutheran Church in Springfield with Pastor David G. Fretham officiating. Interment was in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery.

Mr. Isaksen died on Sunday, July 9, 2017, at Prelude Homes in White Bear Lake.

Dean J. Isaksen was born August 12, 1942, in Springfield, Brown County, Minnesota, son of Harry and Eleanor (Platz) Isaksen. He attended country school in North Star Township and graduated from Springfield Public High School in 1960. Dean farmed with his dad and brother. In 1964, Dean enlisted in the National Guard, serving for six years. On November 24, 1973, Dean was united in marriage to Judy Meinert in Springfield, and the couple lived on the family farm in North Star Township. Dean was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Springfield and of the Springfield American Legion. He mowed lawns and trimmed shrubbery in Springfield for many years. Dean enjoyed playing Sheephead, eating popcorn, riding on the golf cart around the farm, visiting with friends and spending time with family, especially his two grandsons, Keith and Daniel.

He is survived by his wife, Judy, of Springfield; son, Darren and wife Melissa and their children, Keith and Daniel of Springfield; daughter, Darci of Lakeville; sisters, Marlys (Bob) Vanderwerf and Maureen Kersten of Springfield, and Lynn Thieman of Colome, S.D.; sisters-in-law, Judi Isaksen of Springfield and Jeanne (Mike) Meinert-Fenster of Anchorage, Alaska; brothers-in-law, Jim (Becky) Meinert and Loren Meinert of Sleepy Eye; nephews, Terry Vanderwerf, Craig, Steve, and Vince Thieman, Chad and Ryan Meinert, and Elias Fenster; nieces, Tracee Vanderwerf, Kristen and Kendra Isaksen, Heidi Fink, and Holli Hoffman. Dean was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Floyd (Ike); and brothers-in-law, Kenneth Kersten and Jim Thieman.

Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield assisted the family with funeral arrangements. Online  condolences may be left for the family at

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