Virginia Beach – Robert Daniel Dean, 82, passed away April 13, 2015. He was born on June 15, 1932 in Norfolk to the late Jesse James Dean and the late Lola Winstead Hitt. Robert was preceded in death by his wife, Lillian Griffin Dean.
Left to cherish his memory are his daughters, Vivvian Dean Smith and Virginia Dean Caudill and husband Phillip; grandsons, Corey Daniel Smith and his wife, Julie, and Nathaniel Edward Smith and his fiancé, Jacqueline Branson.
Robert spent 35 years with Piedmont Airlines, starting as a steward and retiring as a Captain, flying 767’s. He was a member of the American Pilots’ Association and a member of QB Quite Bird. He captained his own charter boats locally and in the Florida Keys. He was a subscriber of the Virginia Stage Company for 35 years. He and his wife of 60 years, Lillian, enjoyed ballroom dancing. If he wasn’t flying, he was fishing.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday at 11am in Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5792 Greenwich Rd, Va. Beach, with Pastor Lee Seibert officiating. The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service. The burial will be held privately in Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Condolences may be offered to the family at altmeyer.com