Dean Milton Holm was born in Renner, South Dakota to Bert and Minerva (Christiansen) Holm on December 18, 1930. He grew up on a farm near Baltic, South Dakota and graduated from high school in Lyons, South Dakota. After serving in the Air Force during the Korean War, he attended college at the University of South Dakota. After he graduated from college he moved to Detroit, Michigan where he was employed by General Motors for three years. He then moved to Iowa where he took a job as a computer systems manager at Collins Radio Company where he met his wife Faye. After Dean and Faye were married and welcomed their second daughter they were transferred to Dallas, Texas. After a short period in Dallas, Dean accepted a position with Abbott Laboratories as the Director of Management Information Systems. Dean stayed at Abbott for 26 years before he retired in 1993. Dean was a member of St. James Lutheran Church for almost 50 years. He was very active in his church and served on several committees. He also served as president of the Church Council for two separate terms. He was a member of the local Kiwanis Club for almost 45 years and served on the zoning board of appeals in Lake Bluff. Dean also served as a board member of the Family Services Agency of Lake County and the Clara Abbott Foundation. Dean received his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Chicago in 1972. Dean passed away peacefully at Balmoral in Lake Forest on August 6, 2016. He was grateful to have shared his life and is survived by his loving wife Faye of 55 years, his daughter Alison (Kurt) Kohlmeyer of Lake Forest, his daughter Andrea Haller of Lake Bluff, his granddaughter Morgan Kohlmeyer and his grandsons Christian Kohlmeyer, Addison Haller and Ethan Haller. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Marilyn, his brother Vern and his daughter Alicia. A memorial visitation will be held at Wenban Funeral Home 320 E. Vine Ave., Lake Forest, IL 60045 on Friday, August 26 from 5-8 PM. In addition, the family welcomes you to attend a funeral service for Dean at St. James Lutheran Church, 1380 N. Waukegan Rd., Lake Forest on Saturday, August 27 at 11 AM followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Kiwanis Foundation of Lake Bluff and Lake Forest, PO Box 34, Lake Bluff, IL 60044.
Thank you to everyone that donated towards the Lake Bluff Middle School ramp project. We raised $20,000 and made our presentation to the School Board early September. Stop by the school to see all the renovations and check our site frequently for new fundraising opportunities.
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