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Eack, Dean F.

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Dean F. Eack, formerly of Knoxville, IL, died peacefully on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. at Bettendorf Health Care Center in Bettendorf, IA where his son, Roger, was the administrator.

He was born as Dean Brannan in Monmouth, IL on October 17, 1925, the son of John and Myrtle Brannan. Dean was later adopted as an infant taking the name of his adoptive father (Eack). He graduated from Monmouth High School.  He was a WWII veteran of the Battle of Luzon in the Philippines.  He married Shirley Showalter in 1948.   She preceded him in death in 2000 as did his daughter, Stacy Brannan in 2013 and daughter-in-law, Cynthia Eack in 2014.

Dean and Shirley Eack raised their family in Knoxville, IL.   Dean owned and operated Eack Insurance and Real Estate Agency until he retired.  He is survived by his daughter, Pam Soper, Champaign, son, Roger Brannan of Rock Island, and son, Kevin Eack, of Bloomington, IL.  He has two sisters, Genny Anderson from Roseville, IL and Georgia Cole of Monmouth, IL.

He had four grandchildren, Shaun Eack of Pittsburgh, PA, Shane Eack of Indianapolis, IN, Michelle Eack of Miami, FL, and Michael Eack of Bloomington, IL.  Dean also had two great grandchildren, Aisley Eack and Avery Eack of Indianapolis, IN.

At his request there will be no formal service.  There will be a graveside service at the Knoxville Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 23, 2014.  Rev. David Shreeves will officiate.  A fellowship will follow at the Hurd Hendricks Funeral Home Fellowship Center in Knoxville, IL.  Memorials may be made to the Knox County Humane Society.  On-line condolences and sympathy cards may be sent through www.hurd-hendricksfuneralhomes.com.