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Earl Risner

Earl “Dean” Risner, 90, of Carey, died at 9:55 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020, at Wyandot County Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Upper Sandusky.
Born Aug. 23, 1930, in Carey, he was the son of John and Hazel (Burgett) Risner. He married Mabel L. Baker on April 14, 1962, and she survives in Carey.
He is also survived by two children: Earl Dean (Jackie) Risner II of Carey and Melinda A. (Barry) Clayton of Alexandria, Va.; four grandchildren: Ayla S. and Ridge D. Risner, and Karly and Kevin Clayton; and a brother: Paul “Fred” (Evelyn) Risner of Carey.
Preceding him in death were his parents; a daughter, Pamela “Susie” Risner; two brothers, Melvin G. and Donald E. Risner; and two sisters, Josephine R. Smalley and Madeline Sparks Bishop.
Once Dean was of age, he joined the U.S. Army. A Korean War veteran, he served two terms and was awarded Dual Silver Stars (USA and Korea) and a Bronze Star. A true marksman, he was a member of the U.S. Army Rifle Team.
Dean began his career as a plumber with J.F. Dible and Sons Plumbing in Carey and retired from Guenther Heating and Plumbing in Ashland. He was also a long time member of the Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Union 42 in Norwalk.
After retiring he enjoyed playing golf with his buddies and his wife. He and Mabel loved heading south during the winter with friends to keep their skills honed. He also worked with his son and daughter-in-law at their family golf course, Wayside Golf Course between Carey and Findlay.
Dean had a keen wit. Many considered him the “Master of the one liners”. He was always making people laugh. Simply put, he enjoyed life to the fullest.
At Dean’s request, there will be no visitation or service.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice and sent to Stombaugh-Batton Funeral Home, 225 W. Findlay Street, Carey, OH 43316.
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