Dean Duane Abbott, 74, North Manchester, passed away in his residence with his family by his side at 6:15 p.m. on June 11, 2019. One of four children born to Glenn R. and Elizabeth (Price) Abbott, Dean was born on Dec. 17, 1944, in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
He was the first person and part of the first class to graduate from Northfield High School in 1963. On June 5, 1970 Dean married his best friend Carol Reust. The two were married for 49 wonderful years. He was a man of many talents, interests and had an entrepreneurship spirit. Over his lifetime, he owned a construction and carpentry company and also owned a hardware, bait and tackle shop in Michigan. He had a special talent when it came to building and doing carpentry work. He helped complete many people’s homes but his greatest achievement was the building of his own home. He worked hard to provide for his family which meant the world to him, especially his grandchildren. When he wasn’t building, tinkering or taking care of his property, he enjoyed bird watching, woodworking, watching IU Basketball and classic cars, but he enjoyed spoiling his grandchildren the most. While living in Michigan, he belonged to various car clubs. He also enjoyed attending St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church with his wife.
The loving memory of Dean Duane Abbott will be carried on by his wife, Carol Abbott, North Manchester; one son, Robert (Karen) Abbott, Tampa, Fla.; four daughters: Sherrie (Thomas) Spann, Deanna (Brian) Niccum, Kristie (Chris) Miller, all of North Manchester; and Tracy (Josh Meyers) Walters, Fort Wayne; two brothers, Carl (Rachel) Abbott, South Whitley and Randall Abbott, Urbana; one sister, Glenda (Rick) Armstrong, Fort Wayne; fourteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Ronald Abbott who passed away on July 6, 2010.
Family and friends may call from 2-7 p.m., Friday, June 14, at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester. A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 15, at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, 1203 State Road 114 East, North Manchester. Father Andrew Curry will officiate and burial will be at Oaklawn Cemetery, 600 Beckley Street, North Manchester.
For those who wish to honor the memory of Dean Duane Abbott, memorial contributions may be made to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 3505 East Frontage Road #45, Tampa, FL 33607.