Rev. Dean R. Hartley

The Rev. Dean R. Hartley, 56, of Underwood, died Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, at Sanford Health Systems in Bismarck.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Underwood School Gymnasium, with the Rev. Dr. James A. Baneck officiating. Interment will take place at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the Mount Hope Cemetery in Edgeley.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Underwood. A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the church. Visitation will continue one hour before services Saturday at the school.

Dean was born April 12, 1957, in Gackle, to Harold and Liane (Elhard) Hartley. He graduated from Jud High School in 1975. In October 1975, Dean entered the Air Force, where he served for six years.

On June 18, 1983, he was united in marriage to Susan Ross at Zion Lutheran Church in Edgeley. Dean worked several years in office equipment repair in the Willmar, Minn., area until he felt a gentle but firm calling into the ministry. He then went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in religion from Concordia College of St. Paul, Minn., in 1997 and his master of divinity degree from Concordia Seminary of St. Louis, Mo., in 2001.

Dean’s first ministry call was to the dual parish of St. John’s Lutheran Church of Underwood and Trinity Lutheran Church of rural Pick City. His third parish, St. John Lutheran Church of McClusky, was recently included and the parishes became known as the “Highway 200 Lutherans.”

Anyone who met Dean knew he was full of life and contained a passion for sharing Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. Dean is now celebrating with his Heavenly Father. It is those of us left behind who will miss him the most.

He is survived by: his wife, Sue Hartley, of Underwood; one son, Ross (Meghan) Hartley, of Mandan; his mother, Liane Hartley, of Jamestown; one sister, Dori Nordstrom, of St. Francis, Minn.; three brothers, Dale (Chris) Hartley, of Anderson, Ind., Dan (Sharon) Hartley, of West Fargo, and Dewey (Trudy) Hartley, of Farmington, Minn.; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Dean was preceded in death by his father, Harold.

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