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Dean Richard Vonada

Born: Sat., Oct. 15, 1932
Died: Sat., Jun. 9, 2018


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thu., Jun. 14, 2018
Location: Kader-Neff Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Fri., Jun. 15, 2018
Location: Zion Community Church

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Dean Richard Vonada, 85 of Zion, passed away on Saturday, June 9, 2018 the result of a severe fall from a farm tractor while visiting in Kokomo, Indiana.  He was born on October 15, 1932, near Hublersburg, he was the son of the late Charles N. and Cora Belle Fisher Vonada.  At 3 months old he was adopted by his uncle and aunt, George E. and Ella N.Vonada of Zion. He resided at this residence for his entire life.  On November 29, 1952, he married Margaret A. Merryman of Port Matilda.  Margaret passed away on February 28, 2003.

Dean was a 1951 graduate of Walker Twp. High School in Hublersburg.  After high school, he was employed by the Pennsylvania Fish Commission.  In 1953, he was drafted by the United States Army and served his country in Okinawa, Japan.  He returned home in 1955 and for the next 35 years he worked as a Fish Culturist at the Pleasant Gap/Bellefonte Hatcheries.  After his retirement in 1986 from the State of Pennsylvania, he was employed at ML Claster & Sons as a custodian for 10 years.

Dean was an avid hunter from the time he was able to shoot.  In 1979 he was a charter member of the Rock Run Lodge in Walker Twp.  He was also a part-time farmer of a 10-acre plot of ground beside his home.  During his retirement years, he could always be found tinkering in the barn with equipment.  He was a life member of the Walker Twp. Fire Company since 1956.  He helped many years with the annual carnival held in Hublersburg to support the fire company.  He was a Charter Member of the Zion United Church of Christ now called Zion Community Church.

Dean is survived by his son and daughter; Leroy Vonada of Zion, and Eileen Johns and her husband David Johns of Kokomo, Inidana; and four grandchildren; Matthew Johns, Sarah (Joseph) Smith, Rachel Johns and Joseph Johns.

Dean was preceded in death by his parents, adopted parents, and twelve siblings; Kenneth, Harvey, Velma, Orpha, C. Woodrow, Geraldine, Hubert, Fred, Freeman, Miriam, Lois and Faye.  He was the last of his generation.

Visitation will be on Thursday, June 14, 2018 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Kader-Neff Funeral Home, 135 Main Street, Howard.  Funeral service will be held on Friday, June 15, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Zion Community Church, 3261 Zion Rd., Bellefonte with the Pastor Scott Brown and Pastor Charles Stump officiating.  Burial will be at the Zion Cemetery in Walker Twp.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Zion Community Church, 3261 Zion Rd., Bellefonte, Pa. 16823 or the American Heart Association.

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Bruce & Holly Keen
   Posted Mon June 11, 2018
We are so sorry to hear of Dean's death and we are praying for the family. We loved Dean and looked forward to seeing him in the "Amen" corner at church.

Mike Losh
   Posted Mon June 11, 2018
May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief. Please accept my sincere condolences.

Pam Butts
   Posted Tue June 12, 2018
Eileen and Family, You have been on my mind and in my prayers since learning of your Dad's passing. May God surround you with his loving comfort at this time of loss for you.
Thinking of you all, Pam and Phil Butts